Antoinette P. Hewitt

(949) 417-0966
Partner
(949) 417-5394 Fax
Antoinette.Hewitt@KutakRock.com

Ms. Hewitt has extensive experience in commercial litigation involving financial institutions. She also has represented major manufacturers in products liability, toxic torts, and pharmaceutical litigation, as well as licensing issues. She also has substantial experience in business disputes including contracts and guaranties. In addition, she has represented multiple public entities in litigation ranging from inverse condemnation to civil rights violations.

She has represented Fortune 500 clients in commercial litigation, including contractual matters involving fraud allegations in both state and federal courts. She has represented major corporations and entities in premises liability/product liability claims, including wrongful death and catastrophic injury. Her experience in class action matters includes the following cases: In re First Alliance Mortgage Company, et al., United States District Court, Central District of California (predatory lending); Appleberry v. DDH, Inc., et al., Butler County, Ohio (predatory lending); Stone, et al. v. American Mortgage Professionals, et al., Washington State; Zacher, et al. v. Union Financial Corp., et al., Washington State; Easter v. American West Financial, Washington State; Bertrand v. Pacific Exchange Mortgage Lender et al., Washington State; Magles et al. v. LoansDirect et al., Washington State; Poirier et al. v. Real Estate Plus Mortgage et al., Washington State; Teernstra v. Mirad Financial Corp. et al., Washington State; Hill, et al. v. FirstPlus Bank, et al., Washington State; and Murray et al. v. First Suburban Corporation, et al., Washington State. She also has extensive experience representing governmental entities and private corporations in various real estate matters.

Ms. Hewitt was recently one of the lead counsel in a fraud case against a major mortgage lender involving nearly one billion dollars in claims.  In the course of that case, she took numerous depositions of high level officers and was the lead attorney deposing the defendants’ main expert witness.

Highlights include:

  • Representing a Fortune 50 company in multi-district litigation involving wrongful death and catastrophic injury claims asserted against the client’s pharmaceuticals.
  • Representing major financial institutions in fraud claims against issuers of mortgage-backed securities.
  • Defending a major banking institution in lender-liability litigation.
  • Obtaining dismissal on summary judgment of a multimillion-dollar personal injury claim against a public entity and successfully defending the appeal of same.
  • Obtaining dismissal on summary judgment of contractual fraud claims in the U.S. District Court.
  • Organized and presented a “Backpack to Briefcase” event for students at local law schools with panels of lawyers, judges, attorneys and business leaders with diverse backgrounds.
  • Presenter at California Joint Powers Association “Trail Immunity.”