Kriss Halpern is a trial attorney who practices in Santa Monica, California. Mr. Halpern has Type One diabetes and was a volunteer for the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial conducted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health which proved that tight control of blood glucose levels results in dramatically fewer complications of diabetes. He is a frequent lecturer with Taking Control of Your Diabetes.
Mr. Halpern is licensed to practice in the State of California and the Central, Southern and Northern Districts of the United States Ninth Circuit, and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He was an editor of the Law Review at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and a member of the University's National Moot Court team before his graduation in 1987. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with High Honors in history and english and American literature from Brandeis University in 1983, where he was an editor of the student newspaper, The Justice, and an elected member of the University's Presidential Search Committee.
Mr. Halpern began his practice in California as an Associate with the international firm Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, followed by criminal law with well-known defense attorney Barry Tarlow. Mr. Halpern formed his own practice in 1992 where he has specialized in civil litigation involving insurance bad faith, legal malpractice, and a wide variety of business disputes and consumer protection matters.
As a result of his own experience with Type One diabetes, Mr. Halpern has spent years learning both the day-to-day and legal aspects of living with this chronic illness. He was a volunteer with the largest investigation ever conducted in the treatment of diabetes, known as the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial. He is a recipient of the Charles H. Best Medal for Distinguished Service by the American Diabetes Association and a Certificate of Appreciation from the United States National Institutes of Health.
Mr. Halpern has twice been awarded by the State Bar of California for legal services to the poor arising from years of efforts on behalf of impoverished indigenous refugees from Guatemala seeking political asylum in the United States after their own villages were attacked during that country's brutal civil war. He conducted training lectures for asylum hearing officers working with the former Immigration and Naturalization Services regarding the nature of political and racial discrimination in Guatemala and asylum claims of Maya refugees.
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