S. Ivette Kuyateh


San Diego, California
858-408-6906 (Direct)
858-408-6900 (Office)


Ms. Kuyateh is an experienced litigator and zealous advocate. Throughout her career, she has handled a wide range of cases ranging from private criminal defense, family law and immigration matters to large insurance defense cases for Fortune 500 companies and public entities. Ms. Kuyateh is a published scholar on Federal Indian Law and holds lobbying experience at both the state and federal levels. A former prosecutor, Ms. Kuyateh has handled hundreds of criminal trials.

Her current practice focuses on employment law, business litigation, and school district defense. Her employment law practice focuses on transactional employment needs as well as defending claims of workplace violence, discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, and wage and hour disputes. Her business litigation practice focuses on securities fraud and business torts.

Ms. Kuyateh earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Davis, with double majors in Psychology (Social-Personality emphasis) and Chicano/a Studies (Social-Policy emphasis). She then earned her Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego where she distinguished herself as a Criminal Law Fellow, a published scholar on violence against women, and with her work at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Immigration Center for Women and Children, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, ABA Immigration Justice Program, and the San Diego Superior Court.

As dedicated member of the community, Ms. Kuyateh holds numerous leadership and public service recognition awards from various organizations and public officials. She has co-founded and served as President of numerous organizations.


Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of California (2015)
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California (2015)
  • State Bar of Virginia (2017)


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. – 2014
  • University of California, Davis
    • B.A. – 2006