Guy O. Kornblum

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Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Guy O. Kornblum APLC
 | 1388 Sutter Street, Suite 805
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-918-2341
Fax: 415-440-7898
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1966
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Insurance Coverage (30%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Elder Law (10%)
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  • Virtual Appointments
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Attorney Guy O. Kornblum is a partner with Kornblum, Cochran, Erickson, & Harbison, which has office locations in San Francisco and Santa Rosa, California. Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy and Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Mr. Kornblum provides unmatched advocacy and support to those who are dealing with pressing, complex legal challenges involving any of the following:

·       Insurance bad faith and insurance coverage issues

·       Personal injury and wrongful death

·       Financial and elder abuse

·       Medical and legal malpractice

·       Other civil litigation matters

Over the course of his more than 50 years practicing law, Mr. Kornblum has successfully handled more than 4,000 complex civil dispute matters and numerous jury trials and appeals, and he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for a broad range of plaintiff clients, including individuals, families, businesses, policyholders and others. From his efforts, he has earned a lifetime membership in both the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums along with many top rankings and endorsements from his peers.

Among his most notable accolades, Mr. Kornblum holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received consistent designation as one of the top civil trial lawyers in California. He has also received numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients, and he finds great reward in being able to help so many obtain the justice they seek in the wake of a preventable tragedy or unscrupulous business practices.

As further evidence of his success, Mr. Kornblum is a charter fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America trial lawyer honorary society and the American College of Board Certified Attorneys. He also maintains active involvement with various other local, state and national legal organizations. A leader in his field, he has authored or co-authored several insurance law books, and he regularly conducts lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics.

A 1961 graduate of Indiana University, Mr. Kornblum served as lieutenant in the U.S. Army's Counterintelligence Unit before pursuing his legal profession. After his tour of duty, he attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor with high honors in 1996. While in law school, he served on the editorial board of the Hastings Law Journal, and he graduated from Order of the Coif and as a member of the prestigious Thurston Honor Society.

Mr. Kornblum is admitted to practice before the all U.S. District Courts in California, as well as the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana. He also holds his admission to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30%Insurance Coverage
  • 10%Professional Liability: Plaintiff
  • 10%Elder Law
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020

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About Guy Kornblum

Admitted: 1966, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Order of the Coif, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • Lifetime Member, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Phi Delta Phil Legal Fraternity (Graduate of the Year 1966 for Hastings), University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • Charter Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer
  • Platinum Member, The Verdict Club
  •  Thurston Honor Society, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • Lifetime Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Legends Society Top Lawyer

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Fellow, American College of Board Certified Attorneys, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, California and Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member, San Francisco Bar Association
  • California, 1966
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1966
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Marin Bar Association, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1966
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1966
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1971
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Indiana, 1966
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1966
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1966

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Law Firm of the Year, Aids Legal Referral Panel; nominated California State Bar Pro Bono Service Award, 2004
  • Chancellor, The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin
  • Volunteer law firm, ALRP

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • See Website
  • Speaker, "Mediation Advocacy: Getting the Best Results for Your Clients in Mediation,", Bar Association of San Francisco, 2011-2013
  • Speaker, over a dozen webinars and live presentations for national CLE groups and bar associations in the past 2 years including the Bar Association of San Francisco, and Thomson West/Reuters.
  • Editorial Board, Hastings Law Journal, 1966
  • Over 400 presentations in 35 states and 3 foreign countries., Speaker or Panelist, 1970
  • See CV


  • See Website

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • See resume for summary.

Educational Background:

  • Indiana University, B.A., Honors: Phi Eta Sigma, Scholastic Blue Key Honor Society, Alpha Tau Omega Social Fraternity (50 Year Award), 1961

Industry Groups

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  • Or C.V./resume For Organizations And Groups To Which Mr. Kornblum Belongs
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  • “Guy is a fantastic trial attorney, law professor and author of at least 5 published legal volumes. If the issue pertains to insurance, he is the best!”
  • “Nationally recongnized expert in all aspects of insurance litigation.”
  • “Outstanding experience and knowledge in field of Insurance Bad Faith Law. Prolific writer of "how to" law manuals in area of Settlementof Tort Cases.”
  • “Encyclopedic knowledge of the law.”
  • “Guy is a Nationally known expert on insurance law and trial practice author.”
  • “Superb writer and teacher of practical habits in managing cases.”
  • “Guy is a nationally known insurance and trial specialist. He is an author of many published legal treatises and a former Assistant Dean at Hastings College of the Law. He has a lot of very smart and motivated young lawyers working with him. ”
  • “Nationally recognized litigation and insurance expert.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Guy O. Kornblum

1388 Sutter Street
Suite 805
San Francisco, CA 94109

Phone: 415-918-2341

Fax: 415-440-7898

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Last Updated: 10/7/2020

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