Kenneth B. Arthofer


Mr. Arthofer graduated from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 1989, where he was named to the Dean’s Honor List and a recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship Award. Mr. Arthofer began practicing law with a civil litigation firm in Fresno, California in 1989. He then returned to his roots in Shasta County, joining the Redding office of Borton, Petrini & Conron in 1991, a state-wide insurance defense law firm with more than 100 attorneys at the time. Mr. Arthofer was a litigation partner for several years with Borton, Petrini, & Conron until co-founding Harr, Arthofer & Ayres in 2001. He formed the Arthofer & Tonkin Law Offices with longtime colleague and friend Griff Tonkin in 2009.

Mr. Arthofer’s areas of specialty include serious personal injuries, motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, and premises liability cases. He also handles matters involving insurance defense, real estate disputes, construction litigation, professional liability, and realtor errors and omissions. Mr. Arthofer has been the lead trial attorney for cases venued in Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Butte, Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino counties, and has an impressive track record of obtaining favorable verdicts. He has obtained multiple millions of dollars in recoveries for his clients.

Mr. Arthofer is a long-standing member of the California Bar Association, past President of the Shasta–Trinity Counties Bar Association, past President of the Shasta Claims Association, admitted to practice before all of the courts of the State of California, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Attorney Resume

Law License:

State of California - December 11, 1989.

Jurisdiction Admissions:

The State Courts of California - December 11, 1989; United States Supreme Court - May 27, 1997; United States District Court for the Eastern District of California - December 15, 1989; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - February 23, 1990.

Professional Memberships:

State Bar of California - 1989 to present; Shasta-Trinity Counties Bar Association - 1990 to the present, served as President in 2006; Shasta Claims Association - 1991 to 2003, served as President in 1998.

Legal Education:

  • Pepperdine University School of Law;
  • Juris Doctorate, May 20, 1989;
  • Dean’s Honor List, 1987 - 1988;
  • Recipient: Dean’s Merit Scholarship Award.

Pre-Law Education:

California State University at Long Beach; Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science, May 13, 1986.

Legal Workshops and Seminars:

Speaker – Presentation to State of California Senate Subcommittee on medical privacy rights involving the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act; Legal Discussion on Design Professional and Mechanic’s Lien Law for the Shasta County Structural Engineers Association; presenter at Sexual Harassment Seminar for Shasta Claims Association; Attendee - at multiple advanced seminars on personal injury practice, trial advocacy, settlement and mediation techniques, and civil litigation.

Description of Legal Experience:

Wide-ranging legal experience including service as Judge Pro Tem for Shasta County Superior Court and as a court-appointed arbitrator. Areas of specialty include personal injury, wrongful death, vehicle accidents, premises liability, construction litigation, professional negligence, insurance defense, and real estate brokers and agents' liability. Lead trial attorney for cases in Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Butte, Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino counties, obtaining favorable verdicts for clients. Significant experience in the areas of Appellate Law and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Reported decisions include: Smith v. SHN Consulting Engineers & Geologists, Inc. (2001) 89 Cal.App.4th 638; and Cottonwood Duplexes, LLC v. Barlow (2012) Cal.App.4th 1501. Actively participated in the local Claims Association where he received the President’s Award and has also served as President for the Association in 1998. Also actively participated in Shasta-Trinity Counties Bar Association, where he served as President in 2005.

Personal Information:

Born August 9, 1963, Newport Beach, California. Wife – Wendy; children - Lauren, Ashley, John, Sidney and Grayson. Actively involved in church and numerous sports programs. He also enjoys fishing, hiking, woodworking, and snow skiing.

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