About Tami G. Vail, Esq.

Tami G. Vail, Esq. is a partner in Kahana Feld’s general liability practice group.  She manages the firm’s San Diego office.

Ms. Vail’s practice includes significant and diverse civil litigation and trial experience in both state and federal court.  Ms. Vail routinely defends hotels, health clubs and restaurants in general liability matters.  Ms. Vail also regularly represents governmental entities in personal and catastrophic injury, wrongful death and employment matters, as well as law enforcement and security personnel in civil rights claims.

Ms. Vail’s employment practice involves the representation of employers in matters involving the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), and claims of discrimination and harassment in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the Unruh Civil Rights Act.

Ms. Vail also represents contractors, business owners and various professionals in complex business and contract disputes.

Ms. Vail tenaciously defends her clients with razor sharp focus, and works diligently to understand her client’s operations and business while applying the applicable law.  Ms. Vail’s ability to thoroughly assess factual information in a calm and direct manner while analyzing potential exposure leads to satisfactory dispute resolution.

Ms. Vail’s clear resolve while maintaining a professional and cordial relationship with other counsel has earned her an “AV” preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest recognition for legal ability and ethical standards amongst her peers. In addition to obtaining favorable outcomes for her clients, Ms. Vail loves spending time with her family and participating in school activities and sports with her two young sons.  Ms. Vail donates her time to the various charities her children’s school are involved in, including providing food and resources to underprivileged families.


  • University of San Diego School of Law (Juris Doctor)
  • San Diego State University (Bachelor of Arts)


  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Professional Highlights

  • Published opinion in Wood v. Superior Court (2020) 46 Cal.App.5th 562
  • Top Attorney – Premises Liability, San Diego Magazine (2020. 2021)
  • CLM San Diego Chapter Vice President, 2019 to present
  • CLM San Diego Chapter Secretary, 2018 to present
  • Webinar: Defeating Reptilian Tactics in Construction Litigation (Strafford Publications, November 2019)
  • Reptilian Tactics – Do They REALLY Work? (Verdict Magazine, Fall/Winter 2018)
  • Litigating the Complex Construction Accident Case (Panelist, Claims & Litigation Management National Construction Claims Conference 2016)
  • Martindale Hubble AV Preeminent peer rating awarded to the top 10% of attorneys that are recognized for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards

Community Involvement

  • Member, Claims Litigation Management
  • CLM San Diego Chapter Vice President, 2019 to present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers