Patricia H. Tirey


7676 Hazard Center Drive, Suite 900 San Diego, CA 92108 800-338-6039

Patricia Tirey has been with KTS since 1982 and was instrumental in building the unlawful detainer litigation department.  In her time with the firm, Patricia has handled thousands of unlawful detainer trials, both residential and commercial, jury and non-jury.  Currently, Patricia handles the research and writing assignments of the San Diego unlawful detainer department.  In 1998, Ms. Tirey, along with fellow Partner Patricia A. Coyne, authored an amicus curiae brief in the case of Losornio v. Motta.  Said brief helped convince the Appellate Court of the Fourth District that landlords need not add an additional five days for mailing when utilizing the post and mail method for service of notices.  In 1995, Patricia, along with Partner Gary D. Urie, argued the matter of Wasatch v. Degrate in the Supreme Court for the State of California.  Said case clarified a ruling by the Fourth District Court of Appeal which  threatened to make 30 and 60 day notices mandatory for the termination of a Section 8 lease, even in the event of non-payment of rent.  In addition to her trial and writing skills, Ms. Tirey has lectured extensively on the subject of landlord/tenant law to landlords as well as other attorneys.  Currently, Patricia is an update author for the continuing Education of the Bar publication, California Landlord/Tenant Practice.


  • California Bar, 1983
  • Federal Bar, 1983


  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A. English

Professional and Civic Engagement:

  • Mock Trial Instructor for Juvenile Court and community schools


  • Speaker on landlord-tenant law
  • Instructor for KTS Preventive Law Seminars
  • Instructor for the Department of Real Estate-Approved Courses
  • Instructor for Continuing Education of the Bar

Special Awards:

  • Author, Amicus Curiae Brief, Losornio v. Motta
  • Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected as one of the Top Lawyers in 2013 by "San Diego Magazine"