LAURA KOHUT HOOPIS, Managing Partner

Laura Hoopis manages our firm out of the Orange County office. Laura represents businesses in state and federal court actions involving intellectual property, contracts, and real property, and in disputes with governmental agencies.

Laura graduated from Columbia Law School in 1988, and received her B.A. from Whitman College. Prior to founding Kohut & Kohut LLP, Laura was an associate with Morrison & Foerster, and a Deputy District Attorney with the Orange County District Attorney’s office. She is a founding member of our firm.


Kristyn Kohut is admitted to practice in California, New York, and the District of Columbia. Her practice focuses primarily on business litigation, including representation of corporations and individuals in federal and state court actions and government investigations.

Prior to joining Kohut & Kohut LLP, Kristyn was an associate with Schulte Roth & Zabel in both their New York City and Washington DC offices. She graduated from The George Washington University Law School in 2008. In 2004, she earned a dual degree in business economics and political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Kristyn is a resident in our Orange County office.


Kristina practices corporate law in Orange County. She counsels both private and public companies on general corporate and transactional issues in a variety of industries, including healthcare, high-technology, and manufacturing.

Kristina graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame. After earning her law degree, Kristina was an associate in both the litigation and corporate departments at Morrison & Foerster. Kristina is a resident in our Orange County Office.


Shiry Tannenbaum practices business litigation in the firm’s Orange County office. She represents corporations and individuals in litigation in state and federal court regarding contracts, intellectual property, and real property disputes, as well as matters in the regulatory field.

Prior to joining Kohut & Kohut LLP in 2013, Shiry practiced at a highly-regarded Orange County litigation boutique, where she represented clients ranging from high-net-worth individuals to Fortune 500 companies in business, insurance, and real estate litigation. Shiry graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in in 2008. In 2005, Shiry earned her B.A. degree in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Shiry is a resident in our Orange County office.


Ron Kohut has extensive trial experience in large complex cases in federal and state courts, and in arbitrations. He has been a member of the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and participated in many training seminars for the purpose of advising young lawyers on the intricacies of depositions and trial practice. His practice focuses on disputes involving businesses, partnerships, intellectual property, distributors and dealers, and on managing the resolution of disputes involving our clients in the European Community.

Prior to founding Kohut & Kohut LLP in 1996, Ron was the Partner in Charge of the Orange County office of Kindel & Anderson, and formerly the Managing Partner of the Ontario office of Best Best & Krieger. Ron is a partner out of our Sonoma County office.


Lindley Fraley focuses on business litigation and employment matters.  In addition to litigating in both state and federal courts, she provides pre-litigation counseling on employment and labor matters, DFEH and EEOC response letter, employee handbooks and policies, and other employment areas.

Lindley graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1998, where she was the valedictorian for the School of Public Policy and Management. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002, where she graduated in the top third of her class.  Lindley received her training at Latham & Watkins and later worked at Payne & Fears in Irvine, California.  Lindley works out of our Orange County office. 


Richard A. De Liberty practices general litigation. Richard specializes in litigation involving intellectual property and commercial speech, including defamation, interference, and unfair business practices. He also has substantial experience in disputes involving secured transactions and other contracts.

After graduating with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, Richard practiced at Jenner & Block in Chicago and Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP in San Francisco. More recently, he practiced with a boutique firm specializing in entertainment-related litigation and transactions. Richard is a resident in our Sonoma County Office.