Timothy W. Kenna

Timothy W. Kenna

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP
 | 550 South Hope Street, Suite 2200
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2631
Phone: 213.615.7016
Fax: 213.615.7100
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2016, 2018 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage (60%),
  • Appellate (30%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Tim Kenna is a partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary’s Los Angeles office, Vice Chair of the firm’s Insurance and Bad Faith Practice Section and head of the Section’s California team.  Mr. Kenna has over 40 years of experience representing counter parties in complex insurance, reinsurance, fidelity, surety, insurance professional, commercial, title, escrow and construction disputes including the defense of bad faith and other direct suits against insurers. 

    Mr. Kenna began his career in securities litigation and corporate takeovers. He then practiced in excess, surplus lines, reinsurance and fidelity and surety, where he defended claims against professionals and high-risk enterprises including commercial auto, auto dealerships, contractors and manufacturers and litigated coverage disputes in personal lines, commercial general liability, specialty, life, health and disability, property, fidelity and surety and reinsurance.  

    Mr. Kenna is an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates with over 100 bench and jury trials and private arbitrations of construction and reinsurance claims. Mr. Kenna is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law with numerous appellate decisions.

    He has spoken at local, regional and national conferences and written extensively about insurance, fidelity and surety, insurance professional liability, litigation and reinsurance. He has been awarded the Martindale-Hubbell's Preeminent AV® rating, and has been selected a Southern California Super Lawyer in insurance by Los Angeles Magazine since 2009.  

    About Timothy Kenna

    Admitted: 1975, California

    Professional Webpage: http://www.fmglaw.com/attorney_bio.php


    • Certificate of Specialization, Certified Specialist in Appellate Law June 1, 2005 to date; Martindale Hubbell Preeminent AV® Rating, 1978 to present; Los Angeles Magazine Super Lawyer, 2009 to present; California Department of Insurance Education Provider
    • Trial lawyers, Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1996

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, 2005

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Mass Tort Litigation Under California’s Unfair Competition Act, Los Angeles County Bar Association, October, 2001; Comment: The Patient-Physician Relationship; Present Law and Trends for the Future Implied in Cabbs v. Grant, 8 U.S.F.L. Rev. 320, 1973 
    • California Insurance Regulations: Annual Program; California Bad Faith Law: Annual Program; Insurance Hot Topics: Annual Program; Reinsurance: Annual Program; Intermediaries as Market-Makers: Be Alert to Increasing Liabilities, Third Annual National Errors and Omissions Insurance ExecuSummit -New York, New York; Limiting Your Liability as a Notary, 13th Annual National Notary Association Conference -Costa Mesa, California; Avoiding the Unauthorized Practice of Law, 8th Annual National Notary Association Conference -Costa Mesa, California; Employee Dishonesty Coverage Under the Commercial Crime Policy (Form A) and the Comprehensive Dishonesty, Disappearance and Destruction Policy (Form A), 13th Annual Surety Claims Institute -Lincolnshire, Illinois; Avoiding Bad Faith in Handling of Fidelity & Surety Claims, Surety Claims Association of Los Angeles -Los Angeles, California; Insurer’s Obligation to Provide Independent (Cumis) Counsel – Washington, D.C.


    • Burgers v. Cardenas, 2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 3985. Non-Published (California Court of Appeals, Fourth Appellate District, 06/09/2017), 2017
    • Hanassab v. Zloof, 2016 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2616. Non-Published (California Court of Appeals, Second Appellate District, 04/12/2016), 2016
    • Kniffen v. Garcia, B264199. Non-Published (California Court of Appeals, Second Appellate District, 12/28/16), 2016
    • Diamond v. Reshko, 239 Cal. App. 4th 828 (California Court of Appeals, First Appellate District, 08/20/2015), 2015
    • Rychlec v. CBS Studio Ctr., 2015 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1661. Non-Published (California Court of Appeals, Second Appellate District, 03/09/2015), 2015
    • Allianz v. Nationwide, ARIAS (2015), 2015

    Educational Background:

    •  JD University of San Franciso School of Law, 1974
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    Office Location for Timothy W. Kenna

    550 South Hope Street
    Suite 2200
    Los Angeles, CA 90071-2631

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    Last Updated: 9/22/2020

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