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McKennon Law Group PC represents a full range of policyholders/claimants, including individuals, professionals, and businesses in all types of insurance coverage litigation, including insurance bad faith claims, long-term disability and short-term disability insurance claims , life insurance claims, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, health insurance claims, ERISA/employee benefits claims, long-term care insurance claims, property & casualty insurance claims, professional liability insurance claims, insurance agent & broker liabilityunfair competition and business litigation matters.  We aggressively fight insurance companies who have denied insurance claims to get our clients the insurance benefits they deserve.  Several of our lawyers, including founding shareholder Robert J. McKennon, previously represented insurance companies in claim denial litigation for many years.  Mr. McKennon and McKennon Law Group PC have been selected as a top insurance attorney and top insurance law firm for several years.  See our list of awards here. We believe there is no law firm anywhere who can do a better job representing policyholders in getting their insurance claims paid.

We primarily specialize in long-term and short-term disability insurance claims, life insurance claims and ERISA litigation claimsmatters and we have been doing so for over 30 years.

Our Attorneys:

Our law firm is committed to the highest level of client service while maintaining the highest standards of legal excellence and professional ethics. Our litigation practice is thoughtful, experienced, and integrated with each client’s needs, budgets, and goals. We pride ourselves on our impeccable reputation for work product and professional and client relationships along with our aggressive, intelligent, innovative and practical approach to the practice of law.

Since its founding, McKennon Law Group PC has dutifully served California policyholders, with offices in Newport Beach, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.  Our group of outstanding lawyers form a small, powerhouse legal firm with a wealth of trial experience which offers aggressive and effective representation on a broad range of legal issues, including insurance bad faith claims litigation, long-term and short-term disability insurance claims, life and health insurance claims, ERISA employee benefit claims, long-term care insurance claims and various types of liability insurance claims.

McKennon Law Group PC’s attorneys have attended the top law schools in the country and we bring a strong sense of pride and quality work ethic to everything we do.  McKennon Law Group’s attorneys have big firm experience because we previously practiced at some of California’s finest law firms.  Therefore, we combine a rare mix of big firm expertise and legal quality with small firm attention to your case.  We are also able to provide our clients with a level of trial experience rarely found in firms of our size.  McKennon Law Group PC and its attorneys have also received many prestigious awards and recognitions.  See them here. By combining the prowess of a large firm and the individualized attention afforded to a smaller practice, McKennon Law Group PC has struck an ideal balance which allows a dexterity of representation that delivers optimal results to all clients we serve.

Our law firm and our attorneys have been recognized by various groups and rating organizations as the best insurance litigation firm in California and in the United States, receiving among other awards, the following:

ACQ5 Global Awards – Insurance Lawyer of the Year, USA (Robert McKennon)
Corporate LiveWire Global Awards – Insurance Lawyer of the Year (Robert McKennon)
Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine – Insurance Litigation Law Firm of the Year
USA Lawyer International – Legal 100 Awards – Best Insurance Litigation Law Firm of the Year, California, USA
LegalComprehensive Law Awards – Insurance Litigation Law Firm of the Year, USA
Leading Advisor Awards – Leading Insurance Litigation Lawyer of the Year, California (Robert McKennon)

Our law firm specializes in arbitrations, trials and appeals on ERISA/Employee insurance benefits—lifehealthdisabilityaccidental death and dismemberment, property/casualty, commercial general liability, professional liabilityofficers and directors liability, and employment practices liability—successfully resolving both coverage and bad faith claims on behalf of our clients.  We represent our clients’ interests in all state and federal courts in California and in federal courts nationwide.  We have been involved with recovering several multi-million dollar judgments, arbitration awards, and settlements for our clients.

Throughout our many years in the industry, we have developed a strong reputation for assertive and personalized representation. We are respected for recovering multi-million dollar judgments, arbitration awards, and settlements for a long roster of clients in both state and federal courts in California as well as federal courts nationwide. Our practice has been honored with awards by many regional and nationwide publications, including Super Lawyers, Lawyers Worldwide Magazine, the Expert Institute, the Orange County Register, The American Society of Legal Advocates, Corporate Live Wire, The American Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell, Forbes, and the Los Angeles Times, among others.

Our attorneys not only have extensive experience representing policyholders in long-term disability and short-term disability, ERISA, life, and health insurance claims litigation, but also in general liability insurance and property/casualty insurance litigation. We have been involved with recovering several multi-million dollar judgments, arbitration awards, and settlements for our clients.

Although we primarily litigate in California, we take cases nationally and we have extensive experience litigating cases in other states, especially in the western United States, including Hawaii, Arizona and Nevada. Most of our consumer litigation cases, and many of our business litigation cases, are taken on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing and we recover nothing unless you win your case by way of settlement or verdict.

We welcome referrals from the legal community, and honor referral fee commitments in keeping with the rules of professional conduct.

Representing Claimants Against Insurance Companies

The primary focus of the McKennon Law Group PC is to assist individuals and business in their insurance disputes. Below is a partial list of the insurance companies that we have challenged on behalf of our clients:

  • AXA Insurance Company
  • Standard Life and Accident Insurance Company
  • Sun Life & Health Insurance Company
  • Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife)
  • The Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company
  • Aetna Life Insurance Company
  • Reliance Insurance Company
  • Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company / CIGNA Healthcare
  • Life Insurance Company of North America (LINA)
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
  • Berkshire Life Insurance Company of America
  • Union Central Life Insurance Company
  • Assurant Employee Benefits / Union Security Insurance Company
  • Lincoln Financial Group
  • Unum Group
  • Prudential Insurance Company of America
  • Allstate Insurance Company / Allstate Indemnity Company
  • Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company
  • Protective Life Insurance Company
  • The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Transamerica Life Insurance Company
  • Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
  • Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation
  • Security Life of Denver Insurance Company (ING)
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • California Physicians’ Services / Blue Shield of California
  • Jackson National Life Insurance Company
  • Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club (AAA/Triple A)
  • Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association of America
  • MONY Life Insurance Company
  • Professional Insurance Company
  • Truck Insurance Exchange
  • State Farm General Insurance Company
  • Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company

Aggressive Advocacy

Unlike many firms that are interested in doing as little work as possible because they know they will settle all cases, we aggressively litigate our cases, and we are not afraid to take our cases to trial. Our attorneys have extensive trial experience, and our strong reputation for excellence in trial advocacy will inure to your benefit when settlement discussions occur. This will maximize your settlement potential.


We place a very high value on integrity and fidelity to our clients’ interests. You will get an honest assessment of your case during all phases of the pre-litigation and litigation process. You can expect a full and honest accounting of expenses relating to your case, including outlays for court costs, preparation of exhibits, hiring expert witnesses, obtaining medical records and depositions.


Our attorneys are graduates of the top law schools in the country and previously have practiced law at large firms where we honed our litigation skills. We take pride in the quality of law that we practice. We engage in the necessary investigation and preparation of your case to ensure we achieve the best possible results for our clients. This preparation will include thorough investigation of facts and documentation, appropriate legal research, development of appropriate courtroom exhibits, hiring of experts, engaging in necessary discovery and more.


We pride ourselves on the relationships we have built with our clients. Our practice has been built on the confidence our clients have placed in us. When we commit ourselves to your case, you can count on the fact that you will receive the best representation available. We maintain regular and appropriate communication with you throughout your case and treat you as a vital and necessary team member as we litigate your case. As a result, we are proud of the referrals we receive from our clients, other attorneys and professionals.

Personal Attention

Rather than create a high volume law practice, we limit the cases we accept to provide you with the personal attention you need and deserve. You will not be passed off to case managers or intake personnel, a common practice in many firms. We are committed to the highest level of client service and we are committed to ensuring you are satisfied with our level of service to you and the results we receive on your behalf. As your case progresses, you will be apprised of developments and important events as they occur


There are few firms anywhere that have more experience in handling insurance coverage, ERISA and insurance bad faith litigation than our firm, and we bring that experience to bear in every case we litigate. For nearly 30 years, we have successfully arbitrated and litigated insurance, business and employment litigation cases. Mr. McKennon is an accomplished trial attorney and is a nationally recognized expert in disability insurance, life insurance and ERISA/employee benefits litigation.  He has chaired, and been a frequent speaker at, numerous local and national conferences on the subjects of disability insurance, insurance coverage, life insurance and ERISA/employee benefits litigation. He has also authored numerous articles and book chapters on the subjects of disability insurance, insurance coverage, life insurance and ERISA/employee benefits litigation. Mr. McKennon has received the highest possible rating for legal ethics and legal abilities.  He is AV® Peer Review Rated and has received the highest AVVO rating of “Superb.”  Mr. McKennon was recognized as a 2011,2012, 2013 and 2014 Southern California Super Lawyer, a recognition given to fewer than 5% of attorneys in the country.  As indicated in his attorney profile section of this website, Mr. McKennon has been recently profiled in several magazines and other articles, and has received several recognitions and awards as a top California insurance coverage, ERISA and business litigation attorney.

Professional Liability Insurance

McKennon Law Group PC maintains professional liability insurance for the professional services we provide to our clients.

Giving Back

We are committed to benefiting our local communities. Whether by providing pro bono legal services or volunteering at local charitable organizations, we contribute time and energy to our local communities through active community involvement.