From representing clients in headline-grabbing cases to defining new law benefitting the financial bottom line of corporate policyholders, Linda D. Kornfeld, the Managing Partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office, has dedicated her trial and appellate practice to representing companies in high-stakes insurance coverage litigation for over 25 years. She assists her clients in the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance assets in a variety of complex insurance matters through settlements and trial. Her clients range from telecommunications companies, universities, and real estate developers to manufacturers and nonprofit organizations. She also provides strategic counseling to senior executives and in-house counsel on how to mitigate risk and maximize their insurance recoveries.
Her experience includes claims involving data breach and privacy issues; directors’ and officers’ liability; business interruption and extra expense; employee fidelity; professional errors and omissions; employment; entertainment industry liabilities; intellectual property infringements; construction defects; and asbestos, environmental, and product liabilities.
Linda is considered one of the nation’s leading insurance recovery litigators by Chambers USA and Legal 500, with Chambers describing her in its 2016 edition as “valued by clients as a ‘very thorough and prepared lawyer’ with a deep level of insurance expertise across a broad range of coverage areas. She is praised for the quality and practical applications of her advice, as well as her oral advocacy, which one client describes as ‘professional, economical, very direct and matter-of-fact.’”
She is listed as one of Lawdragon’s top 500 “leading lawyers” in America, and is also named as one of California’s “Top 100 Women Lawyers” by the Daily Journal, a “Litigation Star” and a “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation, a 2008-2016 Super Lawyer for the Southern California region, and as a leading insurance & reinsurance lawyer by Who’s Who Legal. Additionally, Linda is recognized as a 2016 “Woman Worth Watching” by Diversity Journal, a recognition highlighting women based on their trailblazing strategies, concepts and ideas that make a difference in their workplace, marketplace and around the world. Linda is a frequently requested speaker, media resource, and author on complex litigation and insurance recovery issues. She is a member of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, an Advisory Board Member for the Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin and co-author of the treatise A Policyholder’s Primer on Insurance, published by the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Focused throughout her career on women’s leadership and advancement in the legal and other professions, Linda also frequently speaks and writes on women’s issues and serves as a West Coast leader of the Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance.