Kurt L. Kicklighter

Kurt L. Kicklighter

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600 West Broadway
Suite 2600
San Diego, CA 92101
TEL: 619.699.2526
FAX: 619.446.8242
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Kurt Kicklighter represents financial services, aerospace and defense, non-profit and other organizations in mission-critical decision-making and strategy execution.  He serves FDIC-insured institutions and their affiliates, as well as other public, private and family-held businesses.  Mr. Kicklighter is frequently called upon to represent boards of directors and board committees in sensitive matters involving corporate governance and federal regulatory issues.

Mr. Kicklighter speaks and writes on financial institution board of directors and management issues.

In addition to his role as a practitioner, Mr. Kicklighter serves as the Office Managing Partner for the firm's San Diego office. In this position, he manages the operations of the office and spearheads plans for the office's strategic growth.


Notable Engagements



  • "In-House Counsel in the Middle: Tensions Between the Board and Management," The Corporate Counselor, April 2014.
  • "When Zigging, Should You Zag?" Western Independent Banker, January/February 2014.
  • "Who is Your Borrower in a Virtual World?" Bank Systems and Technology, co-author, March 8, 2013.
  • "When the Chair is the CEO," Western Independent Banker, March/April 2013.
  • “U.S. Department of the Treasury TARP Capital Purchase Program” - October 17, 2008.
  • “Immediate Action Should Be Taken to Amend Your Corporation” - January 13, 2005.
  • Co-Author: “Public Participation in State NPDES Enforcement” - Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, Vol. VI No. 2.

Seminars and Presentations:

  • "The Risk of Being Risk-Adverse," 2015 Bank Innovators Lab Day, May 11, 2015.
  • Panelist, “Developing an Ownership Mindset:  Techniques for Engaging Partners to Drive a Business Development Focused Culture,” 2015 LMA Annual Conference, April 15, 2015.
  • Moderator, "Banker Panel on Financial Innovation," #YNEXTIncubator, February 10, 2015.
  • Moderator, “Save Money and Reputation: Effective Ethics and Compliance," 2014 Annual Government Contracts Briefing, San Diego, September 10, 2014.
  • Panelist, “Managing Reputation, Legal and Ethical Risks of Serving Community Development Markets,” 2014 Peer Forum and Membership Meeting of the Community Development Bankers Association, Washington, DC, May 1, 2014.
  • Panelist, “Business Exit Planning,” North County Estate Planning Council, San Diego, February 11, 2014.
  • Panelist, “Bay Area Banks,” FIG Partners West Coast Bank CEO Forum, February 6, 2014
  • Panelist, "Community Banks: Recapitalization Options and 363 Sales," Eighth Annual Buying Trouble Conference, Atlanta, October 22, 2013.
  • Panelist, "State of the Banking Industry," Access to Real Estate Capital Lender Conference, San Diego, August 1, 2013.
  • Panelist, "Southern California Bank Mergers and Acquisitions Environment," FIG CEO Forum, San Francisco, February 7, 2013.
  • Participant, Mock Board Session: "Practical Solutions for What's Changed: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You," Western Independent Bankers Annual Directors Conference - San Francisco, October 7, 2010.
  • Panelist, "Caught in a Bad Finance: Advanced Loan Workout Strategies and Practices," Orange County (April 13, 2010), San Diego (April 15, 2010).
  • "Thinking Outside the Box," Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Value Challenge Seminar, June 23, 2009.
  • "Key Issues Facing Boards of Directors: SEC Disclosure & Enforcement," Directors Roundtable/Connect, January 29, 2008.
  • "What Makes Us Different: Clients First at Luce Forward,"  San Diego Business Forum, January 10, 2008.
  • "Drafting LLC and LLP Agreements," National Business Institute (continuing education for lawyers), December 7, 2007.