NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, May 20, 2013 - Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP is pleased to announce that nationally renowned insurance recovery litigators Jerold Oshinsky and Linda Kornfeld are joining the firm’s insurance recovery group as partners and will launch the firm’s Los Angeles office. The move reunites them with Robin Cohen, their partner at a previous firm and the leader of Kasowitz’s award-winning insurance recovery group, and further entrenches the group’s national leadership position.
Mr. Oshinsky and Ms. Kornfeld have long been recognized as leaders in insurance recovery and together have represented their corporate clients in recovering billions of dollars in insurance assets. Mr. Oshinsky is described by Chambers USA as “the foremost practitioner at the policyholder Bar.” Chambers also has called Ms. Kornfeld one of “the best litigators in California” for insurance coverage litigation.
Both lawyers were partners at Jenner & Block, where Mr. Oshinsky served as co-chair of the firm’s insurance litigation and counseling practice. Ms. Kornfeld will serve as head of Kasowitz’s Los Angeles office.
“Jerry and Linda are as good as it gets, and teaming them with our already formidable insurance recovery attorneys creates the elite insurance group in the country,” said Marc Kasowitz, the founding and managing partner of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman.
Kasowitz’s insurance recovery group, one of the largest in the nation, focuses exclusively on policyholder recovery claims. Led by Ms. Cohen, a nationally recognized trial attorney who has been named as one of the “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal, the firm’s insurance recovery attorneys are known for implementing innovative and aggressive strategies to maximize coverage for their clients. Chambers USA named the group the nation’s top insurance practice in 2011.
“Linda and I are delighted to reunite with Robin,” Mr. Oshinsky said. “Kasowitz’s aggressive approach to litigation is a perfect fit for our practice, and we are excited to join the exceptional group Robin has created to push the boundaries of what we can achieve for our insurance recovery clients.”
Ms. Cohen added, “Jerry continues to pioneer many of the legal theories that underlie insurance recovery law today, and Linda has repeatedly proven her ability to obtain winning results for her clients in high-stakes cases. With their arrival, we will continue to expand nationally, while exploring new, creative strategies to meet our clients’ needs in the rapidly evolving insurance area.”
Mr. Oshinsky and Ms. Kornfeld have worked with a variety of companies in, among others, the chemical, pharmaceutical, financial, food, education and health industries, litigating complex insurance coverage issues and advising clients about how to maximize their insurance assets. Recently, they have been focusing on issues relating to cyber liability, intellectual property, antitrust and sexual abuse claims, as well as natural disaster cases related to earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and super storms such as Superstorm Sandy.
Mr. Oshinsky is the only lawyer nationwide to be accorded “Star” ranking by Chambers USA in its national insurance category in 2011 and 2012. He has a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A. from Brooklyn College.
Ms. Kornfeld is widely recognized as a top litigator including as one of the Daily Journal's “100 Leading Women Lawyers in California” and Benchmark's “Top 250 Women in Litigation.” She is a frequent speaker and writer on women’s issues. She has a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
“This is an exceptional opportunity to join forces and to continue to build at Kasowitz the leading insurance recovery practice both in California and throughout the country,” Ms. Kornfeld said.
About Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP
Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP is a national law firm, numbering more than 375 lawyers, primarily focusing on complex commercial litigation. The firm has offices in New York, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, San Francisco, Miami, and Newark. For more information, visit www.kasowitz.com.