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Key Issues in Presenting Expert Testimony in Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Cases

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  • Description

    The reasonableness of a claims adjuster’s conduct is often commented upon by other claim adjusters in bad faith litigation. Similarly underwriters are often used as experts in coverage litigation on underwriting specific risks and the interpretation and intent of policy provisions. But using these types of experts come with some degree of risk as their credibility could be attacked on the basis of previous testimony, relationships with insurance companies or limitations of their experience.

    This CLE course will explain the evidentiary rules which govern the use of expert testimony in bad faith and coverage suits as well as the many obstacles that parties may face in presenting expert testimony.

  • Instructor Bio

    Guy Kornblum

    Guy O. Kornblum has specialized as a trial and appellate lawyer for over 40 years. He specializes in a wide range of civil litigation, including serious injury and wrongful death, financial and physical elder abuse, medical and legal malpractice and all aspects of insurance including “bad faith” claims. Mr. Kornblum himself has handled over 4000 litigated matters to conclusion, and has several million dollar plus cases to his credit. He has represented hundreds of clients, small businesses, individuals, and large Fortune 500 corporations. He is highly regarded for his courtroom and appellate skills, and his representation of his clients in mediations, where he has a strong track record of successful settlements.

    Mr. Kornblum is certified in Civil Trial Law and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the prestigious National Board of Trial Advocacy and is a Charter Fellow, American College of Board Certified Attorneys. He is also a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar and Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum, for those attorneys who have achieved multi-million dollar awards or settlements for their clients. Additionally, he is a Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary; a Platinum Member, The Verdict Club, recognizes “professional excellence in litigation;” a “Top 100” Trial Lawyer, and is listed in the 22d Edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.” He has been selected as a Super Lawyer each year since 2006. Mr. Kornblum was selected as the San Francisco Bay Area’s 2010 Best Lawyer in a poll conducted by the Nob Hill Gazette, a prominent San Francisco magazine.

    Mr. Kornblum received his “a.v.” rating – the highest possible – by the preeminent peer review rating service, Martindale Hubbell in his first year of eligibility in 1971, and has a “5” rating as well, the highest possible. He has also received a “10” (“Superb”) rating by AVVO, also a premier lawyer rating service. Mr. Kornblum is the author of “Negotiating and Settling Tort Cases: Reaching the Settlement,” published by the Thomson West Publishing Company and the American Association for Justice, Fourth Edition, 2018 and co-author of two books on insurance law. He has authored over 200 published articles on various topics, including trial strategy and settlement techniques. He also regularly teaches continuing legal education courses for various bar organizations, including the Bar Association of San Francisco, and bar course providers.

    Mr. Kornblum is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. 1966; he received his A.B. from Indiana University in 1961, after which he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army as a counterintelligence officer before entering Hastings. At Hastings he received the highest academic honor as a Member, Order of the Coif, and the Thurston Honor Society, and served on the Editorial Board of the Hastings Law Journal.

    He is devoted to physical fitness as a member of San Francisco’s Olympic Club, where he was a member of the club’s four wall handball team for many years, and now where he is an avid spinner. He serves as Chancellor of St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church and is a lifelong Episcopalian, as is his wife, Victoria. They have two adult children, a daughter-in-law, and a grand-daughter who live in the Bay Area. Additionally, Mr. Kornblum has served on the Board of the Hastings Foundation.

    My Passion for Dispute Resolution
    I have a passion for dispute resolution. It comes from my heritage – a dad who was a lawyer in the Midwest in the 50’s, 60’s and until he retired at 85 years old in the 90’s. He was a master negotiator but at the same time a supreme diplomat. His best friend – my Godfather – told me that Dad could tell someone to “go to hell” and they thought they received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

    Bradley Levin

    Bradley A. Levin is a shareholder in the law firm of Levin | Sitcoff, with emphasis in tort and commercial litigation, including insurance bad faith and insurance coverage disputes. Mr. Levin received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, with distinction, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he served as editorin-chief of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.

    He is a member of the California and Colorado bars and the Denver, Colorado, and American Bar Associations, is past President of the Colorado Bar Association Insurance Committee, and is a Colorado Bar Foundation Fellow and American Bar Foundation Fellow. He serves on the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions, the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Colorado Lawyers Committee Board of Directors, and was a member of the Colorado State Commission on Judicial Performance, which he chaired between 2012 through 2015.

    Mr. Levin has also served as the chair of the Mountain States Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, is on that organization’s Global Advisory Council and National Commission, and chaired its National Litigation Oversight Committee. In addition, Mr. Levin is on the board of directors of National Jewish Health.

    Mr. Levin received the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Kenneth N. Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. He was recognized as Best Denver Insurance Lawyer in the Denver Business Journal in 2004, as Barrister’s Best Insurance Lawyer (Plaintiff’s) by Law Week Colorado between 2014 through 2018, and as a Top Lawyer by 5280 Magazine between 2016 and 2021. Mr. Levin is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of appellate law, insurance law, litigation-insurance, and personal injury litigation, has been named Best Lawyers Denver Lawyer of the Year in Insurance Law (2013), LitigationInsurance (2016 & 2021), and Personal Injury Litigation (2015), and has been included in Colorado Super Lawyers as one of the Top 10 Lawyers in Colorado for 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, and as one of the Top 50 (now 100) Lawyers in Colorado for 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2017.