Kathryn Turner-Arsenault


Kathryn Turner-Arsenault has been an attorney for 25 years. A graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, Kathryn has worked in insurance defense before, during, and since law school, mostly in construction defects. For seven years prior to coming to Kennedy & Souza, Kathryn worked exclusively defending a Fortune 500 developer. As part of that job, she worked with OCIP/wraps, including enforcing OCIP/wrap contracts between subcontractors and the developer. Kathryn is also experienced in enforcing other types of contracts, including machinery leaseholds, promissory notes, mortgages, and purchase agreements.

The most important skill Kathryn has is leading her team in preparing cases for trial, including preparing and arguing complaints, demurrers, motions to strike, discovery motions, and motions for summary adjudication/judgment; preparing and responding to all written discovery; taking and defending depositions of percipient and expert witnesses; and writing and opposing motions in limine and all other documents required by Trial Readiness Conference Orders. Kathryn has made hundreds of court appearances in approximately twenty counties and has taken or defended hundreds of depositions of percipient and expert witnesses.

For the famous construction defect case, Aas v. Superior Court of San Diego (2000) 24 Cal.4 627, Kathryn researched and wrote an amicus brief to the California Supreme Court on behalf of the Building Industry Association. She also contributed new material to the 2012 and 2013 versions of the Fourth Edition of Miller, Thomas E., Rachel M. Miller, and Matthew T. Miller. Handling Construction Defect Claims: Western States. Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Law & Business, 2012, 2013. Print. Between 2009 and 2018, Kathryn was an adjunct professor at the business schools of the University of San Diego and San Diego State University teaching ethics and global business to undergraduates.