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Attorney Kelsey M. Szamet is a Partner of the firm Kingsley, Szamet & Ly. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from the University of California San Diego, where she majored in Human Development and minored in Communications. She received her law degree from UCLA School of Law. While in law school, Ms. Szamet was active in the Women's Law Journal and various community-based legal clinics.


Ms. Szamet has been honored with several prestigious awards, including the 2023 Women in Law Award and recognition as a 2023 "Super Lawyer". She has also been named one of "America's Top 50 Lawyers" and is a recipient of the "Lawyers of Distinction" accolade.


In practice since 2008, Ms. Szamet represents plaintiffs in employment litigation including complex class actions and individual employment cases. Ms. Szamet concentrates her practice on wage and hour and consumer class action cases including claims for failure to pay wages, the denial of meal and rest periods, misclassification of employees, and unfair competition cases, among others. Ms. Szamet has also successfully represented many plaintiffs in retaliation, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and discrimination cases.


Ms. Szamet has authored several appellate briefs in both state and federal court.

In addition to her work with the firm, Ms. Szamet dedicates her time to several non-profit organizations, and recently concluded her tenure as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the YWCA - Greater Pasadena Foothill Valley. She was asked to be the first alumni ever to serve on the Board of Directors for the Child Educational Center and chaired the Staff Relations Committee. She has recently joint a new board for a local school.


Practice Areas

  • Wage & Hour Law
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • PAGA, Arbitration
  • Consumer Law
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act violations
  • Unfair Businesses Practices



  • California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit



  • B.A. University of California, San Diego
  • J.D. University of California, Los Angeles School of Law



  • California Bar Association



Contact info:

(818) 572-4143



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Kelsey M. Szamet - America's Top 50 Lawyers - Employment Law - California

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