Kyla represents consumers, employees, investors, and others who have been harmed by corporate misconduct. She prosecutes a wide range of complex class action cases, including antitrust, securities, consumer protection, financial fraud, and product defect across a variety of industries. In 2023, she won the California Attorney Lawyer of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding California lawyers “whose extraordinary work and cases had a major impact on the law.”
Kyla is a vital member of the team prosecuting the firm’s financial fraud lawsuits against GreenSky, a financial technology company that facilitates consumer loans for construction projects and medical procedures. As part of her work on that case, she helped defeat GreenSky’s motions to dismiss borrowers’ complaints that GreenSky charges unlawful fees and attempts to force borrowers to pursue their claims in arbitration instead of in court. Kyla also has extensive experience litigating antitrust class actions. She currently represents cattle ranchers in In re Cattle Antitrust Litigation, a lawsuit challenging the country’s largest beef purchasers’ method for setting prices for fed cattle, and has worked on several pharmaceutical lawsuits that challenged reverse payment patent settlements, a practice in which brand pharmaceutical companies pay generic would-be competitors to stay out of the market, resulting in higher drug prices.
Kyla is a 2014 graduate of the University of California Hastings School of Law, where she was an extern with the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and for Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore and California Court of Appeal Justice Sandra Margulies. During law school, Kyla was also a law clerk for the Anti-Predatory Lending group of Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, where she fought for economic justice for low-income borrowers and homeowners in East Palo Alto, and volunteered with the General Assistance Advocacy Project in San Francisco.
San Diego and Otay Water District Tiered Water Rates Lawsuits
Key member of the litigation team achieving a $79.5 million verdict on behalf of single-family customers in a lawsuit charging the City of San Diego with setting water rates that are noncompliant with the California Constitution. The case is currently on appeal.
Key member of the litigation team achieving a $24 million verdict on behalf of single-family residential customers in a lawsuit challenging the Otay Water District with setting unconstitutional water rates. The case is currently on appeal.
Key member of the litigation team representing consumers who took out loans for home maintenance repairs and were charged hidden fees by GreenSky, Inc.
Deora v. NantHealth
Represented investors who alleged that NantHealth’s founder violated federal securities law and artificially inflated stock prices by structuring a purportedly philanthropic donation to the University of Utah to require the University to pay NantHealth $10 million for research services. Kyla gathered the evidence necessary to come to a settlement in the case, which included interrogating several key fact witnesses.
LLE One v. Facebook
Part of the team representing advertisers who accused Facebook of inflating its viewership metrics by as much as 900% when selling its ad services. The lawsuit resulted in a $40 million settlement for the class, and Kyla helped to oversee settlement distribution to over 1 million individuals and entities.