Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Los Angeles Bar Association

Mexican American Bar Association

Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

Education

University of Southern California School of Law, J.D.

Yale University, B.S. 

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Celina Kirchner

Associate
Los Angeles
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Celina Kirchner, an associate in M&R’s Los Angeles office, is as dynamic and innovative as the companies she represents. With a primary client base engaged, primarily, in the insurance and advertising and digital media industries, her expertise is rather extensive.

As an insurance lawyer, Celina provides strategic counsel to insurers, private equity funds, reinsurers, producers and other insurance industry professionals on complex transactional and regulatory matters, licensing, market conduct and policy coverage issues. She litigates as well, having significant experience successfully defending M&R’s insurance clients, among others, both in court and at arbitration (from discovery through trial).

In the advertising and digital media space, Celina works with an array of entities – including startups – on corporate formation and structuring, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, stock transfers, contract negotiation, and vendor relations. Likewise, she works with her digital company clientele to develop growth strategies.

Celina is an active participant in Digital L.A. (the city’s largest digital networking group) and attends Digital Entertainment World (the influential industry gathering) each year as well as various National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) conferences. In addition, she is a member of M&R's Conflicts Ethics & Opinion and Diversity, Multiculturalism & Inclusion Committees.

Past Experience

While in law school, Celina worked as a Certified Law Student Advocate for the Post-Conviction Justice Project, where she prepared habeas corpus petitions, represented inmates at parole suitability hearings, and lobbied for youth inmate rights at the California senate. Also prior to joining M&R, she was the Southern California Regional Manager for the Ivy Division of Revolution Prep, providing marketing expertise in the Southern California education market.

Education

Celina earned her J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2013, where she participated in a wide variety of academic and extracurricular activities.  She served as Copy Editor for the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal and Curriculum Director for Street Law, a group dedicated to bringing legal education to underserved middle and high school students. She was also President of the Latino Law Students Association and Vice President of Events for Legal Aid Alternative Breaks, a group that organized volunteer trips for USC law students when school was not in session.  In addition, Celina was the Business Manager of Lawcapella, the law student a capella group at USC.

Before starting her legal education, Celina attended Yale University, where she earned a B.S. in Psychology in 2010. While at Yale, she was selected as Class Insight speaker, which afforded her the opportunity to speak at commencement about her class’s time at the university. She also received the Andrew Patterson Award for distinguished contributions to her class.

Awards & Recognition

Celina was named to the 2016 and 2017 list of Southern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Representative Matters

  • Business Formation: Drafted an operating agreement for formation of a virtual reality production company.
  • Contract Drafting: Drafted vendor agreements, nondisclosure agreements, employment agreements, and other business contracts, including portions unique to the needs of the gaming and software industries.
  • Contract Dispute: Negotiated settlement of a contract dispute between two entertainment production companies.
  • Corporate Insurance Transaction: Assisted with due diligence review of four target insurance companies in preparation for acquisition by major national insurer.
  • Corporate Insurance Transaction: Assisted with completing key acquisition documents in major equity investment transaction.
  • Insurance Company Restructuring: Coordinated restructuring of insurance company, including changes to name and domicile, across all fifty states.
  • Litigation: A prominent Los Angeles hotel was sued by a restaurant patron who claimed to have injured himself while sitting in the staff section of the hotel restaurant. M&R settled the matter early in litigation by demonstrating the plaintiff’s failure to take responsibility for his own safety.
  • Piercing the Corporate Veil Complex Litigation: M&R’s client, a major lender, filed suit against a corporation that had drained its assets and failed to repay its loan. By investigating the corporation’s background, we discovered that it was being used as the alter ego of a single person who had been draining the corporation’s assets for his own personal use. We successfully implemented a successful piercing of the corporate veil strategy to hold him liable for the corporation’s debts.

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Past Speaking Engagements