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20321 SW Birch St., Suite 200
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Robert J. McKennon Robert J. McKennon

Attorney and Founding Partner
McKennon Law Group PC


20321 SW Birch Steet, Suite 200
Newport Beach, California  92660

Phone: 949-387-9595
Fax: 949-385-5165
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Robert J. McKennon is a founding partner of McKennon Law Group PC. He represents individuals and small-to-large corporations in sophisticated litigation matters in state and federal court. Mr. McKennon is admitted to all federal and state courts in California, and regularly handles litigation matters in federal courts in the Western United States. He is a nationally recognized expert in insurance litigation matters and has tried, litigated, and resolved hundreds of insurance litigation matters, including life, health and disability insurance, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, class actions, unfair trade practices, ERISA/employee benefit, and insurance agent/broker litigation. Mr. McKennon has also handled numerous business litigation cases in the areas of general business and contract disputes, unfair competition and employment, and he has represented numerous individuals and institutional clients in FINRA (formerly called NASD) arbitrations, and has arbitrated numerous securities cases.

Mr. McKennon frequently serves as a guest speaker at local and national conferences concerning life, health, disability, and ERISA issues, and has chaired numerous national conferences on these topics.

Mr. McKennon formerly represented insurance companies in first-party insurance lawsuits involving life, health and disability insurance disputes, insurance bad faith and punitive damages for over twenty-four years. He now represents insureds, claimants, businesses and other consumers who believe that their insurance companies have improperly denied their claims for insurance benefits.

Mr. McKennon was the founder and editor of the Life, Health & Disability Insurance Law Blog at lifehealthdisabilityinsurancelaw.com while he was a partner at Barger & Wolen LLP. He is currently the editor of the California Insurance Litigation Blog at californiainsurancelitigation.com. He is also a regular contributing author of insurance articles in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the most read and respected legal journal in California. The nationally respected Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and the nationwide Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers has awarded Mr. McKennon their highest possible rating, "AV." This assessment is based on confidential recommendations received exclusively from lawyers and judges. The rating highlights an attorney's competence, ethical conduct, professional ability, diligence and overall performance. Mr. McKennon has been also awarded AVVO's rating of "Superb," 10.0 out of a possible 10.0, which also highlights an attorney's competence, ethical conduct, professional ability, diligence and overall performance. Mr. McKennon has also been recognized as a 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Southern California "Super Lawyer," which recognizes him as one of California's top attorneys. Mr. McKennon was recently profiled in Forbes magazine as a top Southern California insurance and business litigation attorney. Mr. McKennon was named as one of Orange County Register Metro's Top Southern California Attorneys for 2013.

Education

  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • California State University, Fullerton, with honors, B.A., 1982

Professional Memberships

  • The State Bar of California (1986)
  • American Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • ABA's Tort and Insurance Law Committee
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Celtic Bar Association

Recent Awards & Professional Recognitions

  • Awarded the designation of 2014 “Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell, leading providers of news and rating information to the legal industry. Mr. McKennon received this top award for his and his firm’s work representing ERISA plan participants/insureds in disability insurance, life insurance and health insurance litigation.
  • Awarded the designation of 2014 “Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell, leading providers of news and rating information to the legal industry.
  • Named as a 2014 Southern California Super Lawyer as one of California's top insurance attorneys. Less than 5% of attorneys nationwide are awarded this status. Mr. McKennon also received this Southern California Super Lawyer designation in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates has recognized Robert J. McKennon of the McKennon Law Group PC as one of the top 100 Insurance lawyers in the State of California for 2014. The American Society of Legal Advocates is an invitation-only, nationwide organization of top lawyers in practice today who combine excellent legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards.
  • Awarded the designation of 2014 “Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law and Coverage” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell, leading providers of news and rating information to the legal industry.
  • Awarded the designation of 2013 “Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law and Coverage” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell, leading providers of news and rating information to the legal industry.
  • Named as one of Orange County Register Metro's Top Attorneys for 2013.
  • Named in the Business Edition 2012 Thomson Reuters/Super Lawyers annual list of the nation's top attorneys in business practice areas.
  • Awarded the designation of “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell, leading providers of news and rating information to the legal industry.
  • Awarded the designation of 2012-2013 “Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell, leading providers of news and rating information to the legal industry.
  • Awarded the designation of 2012-2013 “Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell, leading providers of news and rating information to the legal industry.
  • Rated AV Preeminent in Insurance Law by his peers, an achievement of Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.
  • Featured in the August 2012 and 2013 issues of Corporate Counsel magazine and The National Law Journal, both of which feature the 2012 and 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Insurance Law

Articles & Publications

  • Policyholder Wins Handed Down In Insurance Decisions, Los Angeles Daily Journal (February 10, 2014)
  • Equitable Remedies Gain Favor in ERISA Cases, Los Angeles Daily Journal (November 21, 2013)
  • Clearing Up Murky Waters: Insurer’s Duty to Settle, Los Angeles Daily Journal (October 29, 2013)
  • Clear win for insureds, though scope uncertain, Los Angeles Daily Journal (August. 7, 2013)
  • Insurance Brokers' Duties to Third Parties Continue to Shrink, Los Angeles Daily Journal (May 1, 2013)
  • Insurance Agents Key to Insurer Liability, Los Angeles Daily Journal (November 1, 2012)
  • Equitable Relief in the Ninth Circuit Just Got Better for Consumers, Los Angeles Daily Journal (July 11, 2012)
  • Boon or Bust for Employee Rights Under ERISA Plans, Los Angeles Daily Journal (June 3, 2011)
  • In ERISA Cases, The Standard of Review Really Does Matter, Los Angeles Daily Journal (December 6, 2010)
  • The Waiver Doctrine, Alive And Well in ERISA Cases, Los Angeles Daily Journal (August 11, 2010)
  • Differential Standard of Review in ERISA Cases Clarified, Los Angeles Daily Journal, (May 4, 2010)
  • ERISA Plan Administrators Take Heed, Los Angeles Daily Journal (February 10, 2010)
  • Accidental Injury vs. Sickness Provisions in Disability Policies, Defense Research Institute(2009).
  • Disability Cases: The Requirement for Regular and Appropriate Care, Defense, Defense Research Institute (2004)
  • Managing and Litigating Mental-Nervous Insurance Claims, American Conference Institute (2003)
  • Introduction to Disability Fraud, Western Claims Conference (2003)
  • The Requirement for Regular and Appropriate Care in Disability Cases, American Conference Institute (2002)
  • Recent Developments: The Contestable Clause, Bad Faith and Punitive Damages, Southern Claims Conference (2002)
  • Special Investigative Unit Training Manual (2002)
  • The Public Policy Defense: The New Frontier in Disability Insurance Litigation, American Conference Institute (2000)
  • Litigating the Bad Faith Case, American Conference Institute (2000)
  • Insurance Sales on the Internet: A Work in Progress, International Insurance Law Review (May 1998)
  • California Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations Manual (1997)
  • Contestable Life Claims, Southern Claims Conference (1997)
  • Unique and Emerging Issues in Insurance Litigation, Southern Claims Conference (1996)
  • Emerging Issues in Disability, Health and Life Claims, Midwest Claims Conference (1996)
  • Insurance Issues in Bankruptcy: An Insurer's Perspective, Tort & Insurance Law Journal, American Bar Association (Fall 1994)
  • The Life Insurance Law of California, “Delinquency Proceedings" and "Formation and Issuance of Life Insurance Policies” Chapters, Association of Life Insurance Counsel (1990)
  • Insolvency of Insurers, California Insurance Law and Practice, Matthew Bender (1986-92)

Professional Notes & Events

  • June 15 & 16, 2009 – Co-Chair: Litigating Disability and ERISA Claims, American Conference Institute – Boston, Ma.
  • May 23, 2007 - Panelist/Presenter: Bad Faith Insurance Law Update, 38th Annual Midwest Claim Conference – Chicago, Ill.
  • February 23, 2006 - Panelist/Presenter: Litigating Disability Insurance Claims Conference, American Conference Institute – Boston, Ma.
  • September 26, 2005 - Panelist/Presenter: Bad Faith Litigation Conference, Mealey’s – Philadelphia, Pa.
  • May 24, 2005 - Panelist/Presenter: Managing and Litigating Mental Illness Disability Insurance Claims, American Conference Institute
  • March 04, 2005 - Panelist/Presenter: Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, American Conference Institute – Coral Gables, Fl.
  • June 10, 2004 – Co-Chair: 7th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, American Conference Institute – Boston, Ma.
  • March 23, 2004 - Panelist/Presenter: Disability Fraud Issues Forum –Newport Beach, Ca.
  • December 09, 2003 - Panelist/Presenter: Managing and Litigating Depression Disability Insurance Claims, American Conference Institute – San Francisco, Ca.
  • June 09, 2003 - Panelist/Presenter: 19th Annual Western Claims Conference – Indian Wells, Ca.
  • June 22, 2000 - Panelist/Presenter: 3rd National Strategies for Success in Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, American Conference Institute – Boston, Ma.
  • March 30, 2000 - Panelist/Presenter: 6th National Conference on Bad Faith and Punitive Damages, American Conference Institute – San Francisco, Ca.
  • February 10, 2000 - Co-Chair: Strategies for Success in Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, American Conference Institute –San Diego, Ca.
  • June 4, 1998 Panelist/Presenter: Are You Really Complying With States’ Fair Claim Practices? Southwest Insurance Association Conference – San Antonio, Tx.
  • April 11, 1997- Panelist/Presenter: Contestable Life Claims, Southern Claims Conference – Panama City, Fla.
  • March 3, 1997 - Panelist/Presenter: Uncivilized Behavior in a Civilized System, Eastern Claims Conference – New York, NY.
  • January 10, 1997 – Panelist/Presenter: Insurance Bad Faith: Plaintiff & Defense Perspectives, Orange County Bar Association – Costa Mesa, Ca.
  • May 20, 1996 - Panelist/Presenter: Emerging Issues in Disability, Health and Life Insurance Litigation, Southern Claims Conference – Chicago, Ill. (1996)
  • May 7, 1996 - Panelist/Presenter: Unique and Emerging Issues in Insurance Litigation, Southern Claims Conference – New Orleans, La.