Kamala Haake

  • Lecturer in Law

Degrees

  • JD Cornell Law School 2006
  • BS University of Southern California 2002

Biography

Kamala S. Haake specializes in complex commercial litigation, including statewide and nationwide class actions, securities litigation, and contract disputes. She has a broad background in all aspects of civil litigation.

Ms. Haake began her career at Winston & Strawn LLP in Los Angeles, where she represented wireless service providers, health care providers, retailers, and amusement parks, among numerous other businesses. Examples of her experience include:

  • Complex Commercial Litigation: Ms. Haake has defended businesses against claims for breach of contract, fraud, and unfair and deceptive business practices.
  • Class Actions: Ms. Haake’s class action experience spans a broad range of business practices including: false advertising and unfair business practices in the automotive repair industry, the application of FACTA to retailers, and the application of a California gift certificate statute to amusement park tickets.
  • Securities Litigation: Ms. Haake represented the top executives of an international insurance company in securities fraud cases alleging billions of dollars in financial misstatements.

Ms. Haake has devoted significant time to pro bono work. She successfully negotiated with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office for the release of a battered woman who had served 20 years of a life sentence for a murder that her abusive husband committed. She also participated in a legal services clinic that helps Holocaust survivors obtain reparations payments from Germany.

Ms. Haake was born and raised on Maui and graduated from Kamehameha Schools (Kapalama). She then attended the University of Southern California, where she graduated, cum laude, with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Political Science. While at USC, Ms. Haake was a summer intern for Senator Daniel Akaka in Washington, D.C. Ms. Haake earned her law degree from Cornell Law School in 2006, where she was an editor for the Cornell International Law Journal and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Joseph Cardoza of Hawaii’s Second Circuit Court.