Klinedinst Announces New Senior Counsel Promotions

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – Klinedinst PC is pleased to announce that Emily J. Atherton, W. Jason Scott, and James W. Whitemyer have been promoted to Senior Counsel, effective immediately. These three attorneys have been recognized by their peers for delivering high-quality legal work to clients, their collaboration with Shareholders on client engagements, and their commitment to individual and organizational long-term growth.

“We are extremely proud of this very talented group of Senior Counsel,” said Heather L. Rosing, Shareholder and Chief Financial Officer of Klinedinst. “Emily, Jason, and James demonstrate exceptional legal abilities, and share our commitment to the highest standards of client service. It’s a privilege to work with them, and we congratulate them on this promotion.”

Introducing the firm’s newest Senior Counsel:

Emily J. Atherton, Esq.
Emily J. Atherton

Emily J. Atherton is a Los Angeles-based attorney who helps clients in a multitude of practice areas, including, in part, employment litigation, product liability, premises liability, asbestos litigation, construction defect litigation, and general liability matters. In the employment context, Ms. Atherton is a fierce advocate for her clients in cases involving harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, as well as wage and hour disputes. Ms. Atherton handles cases involving individual claims, as well as class action litigation and PAGA claims. In the area of product liability, Ms. Atherton has experience working on cases involving allegations of design, manufacturing and warning defects. Over her career, she has earned the respect of clients and peers alike, earning Martindale’s prestigious AV®-Preeminent™ rating.

“We are very proud of Emily Atherton’s promotion to Senior Counsel,” said Robert J. Hatem, Managing Shareholder of Klinedinst Los Angeles. “She is a sophisticated practitioner, who brings her immense skill and experience to every case.  Through her hard work, she routinely achieves excellent results and has amassed a track record of happy clients.”

W. Jason Scott works with the firm’s corporate clients, focusing primarily on business, professional liability, and land use/environmental issues. As part of his practice, Mr. Scott represents professionals and entities in a wide array of liability, contract, and appellate matters. He has tremendous experience defending contractors and utilities in construction defect litigation, including premises liability, construction site injury, and general litigation matters. He has also represented physicians and medical facilities in medical malpractice actions, as well as brokers and real estate agents accused of professional negligence. 

“We are very pleased that Jason was elevated to the Senior Counsel designation,” said Ian A. Rambarran, Shareholder in Klinedinst Sacramento. “Jason is an effective business person and litigator and the Senior Counsel designation recognizes Jason’s attributes and his efforts in mentoring younger attorneys in the firm. We are happy for Jason and as he continues to help solidify Klinedinst’s reputation in the community.”

James Whitemyer, Esq.
James W. Whitemyer

James W. Whitemyer is an experienced trial attorney and civil litigator who brings over 20 years of experience to Klinedinst’s Irvine office. Prior to joining Klinedinst, Mr. Whitemyer worked as a trial attorney primarily defending civil actions, most recently as Senior Trial Attorney with a national liability insurance carrier.  He conducted successful jury trials and obtained dispositive motion victories in a wide variety of civil actions, including catastrophic injury, wrongful death, construction defect, insurer versus insurer contribution, professional liability, product liability, contractual indemnity, business loss, breach of commercial lease, commercial premises liability (including assault), cargo loss, toxic exposure, transportation, and motor vehicle accident cases.

“We are thrilled to have James join the ranks of our incredible Senior Counsel,” said Fred M. Heiser, Managing Shareholder of Klinedinst Irvine. “James brings a strong record of litigation experience, client engagement, and meaningful results to this well-deserved role.”

Klinedinst congratulates Ms. Atherton, Mr. Scott, and Mr. Whitemyer on their elevation to Senior Counsel. To learn more about the people behind Klinedinst, please visit:

About Klinedinst

Klinedinst is the go-to firm for clients looking for litigation, trial experience, transactional representation, and legal counsel.  The firm’s offices in Los AngelesSacramentoSan DiegoIrvine, and Seattle service the West Coast. What sets Klinedinst apart is the relationships our attorneys foster with each and every client. Klinedinst lawyers are indispensable strategic partners to business leaders, helping to achieve objectives and create proactive solutions to resolve the many legal challenges that businesses are confronted with every day.  Whether vigorously advocating for clients in court, or guiding business transactions and negotiations, Klinedinst is the trusted legal advisor to have by your side.