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Guy O. Kornblum

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Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Guy O. Kornblum, A Professional Law Corporation
1388 Sutter Street, Suite 805
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-440-7800
Fax: 415-440-7898
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1966
Practice Areas: Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Insurance Coverage, Elder Law, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Plaintiff
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Attorney Guy O. Kornblum is the founder and principal of Guy O. Kornblum APLC in San Francisco, California. Certified in civil trial law and civil pretrial practice advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and possessing more than 54 years of total legal experience, Mr. Kornblum provide exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Bay Area and beyond who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Personal injury and wrongful death

· Insurance law

· Insurance coverage and bad faith claims

· Medical and legal malpractice

· Commercial disputes

· Class actions

· Nursing home neglect and abuse

· Elder abuse

· Punitive damage actions

A veteran of more than 4,000 litigation cases, Mr. Kornblum has achieved remarkable success representing the rights and interests of a diverse range of clients dealing with complex and pressing legal challenges. A staunch advocate for his clients inside and outside the courtroom, he has gained a reputation for his effective dispute resolution tactics as well as his aggressive and diplomatic approach to helping his clients achieve the favorable outcomes they deserve. 

From his efforts, he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts, earning his membership in the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. He has also received an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America© along with a Top 100 Trial Lawyer designation from the National Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Kornblum is also a charter fellow with the American College of Board Certified Attorneys, and he is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California, the San Francisco Bar Association, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and other local, state and national legal organizations. He has also published “Negotiating and Settling Tort Cases: Reaching the Settlement,” as well as hundreds of articles, and he routinely conducts lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics.

A 1961 graduate of Indiana University, Mr. Kornblum obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings College of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the Hastings Law Journal and was a member of the Thurston Honor Society. He graduated Order of the Coif in 1966, and he received the Graduate of the Year 1966 for Hastings. 

He is admitted to practice in Indiana and California as well as before all U.S. District Courts in California and the District of Indiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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

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


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Guy O. Kornblum

First Admitted: 1966, California

Professional Webpage:


  • “10” (“Superb”) rating by AVVO
  • Named, Northern California “Super Lawyer”, 2006 – 2019
  • Order of the Coif, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • Named, “Best Lawyers,” 2018-2019
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyer (Personal Injury)
  • 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

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1966
  • 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

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


  • See Website

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker, "Mediation Advocacy: Getting the Best Results for Your Clients in Mediation,", Bar Association of San Francisco, 2011-2013
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Speaker, Continuing Education Legal Education, Judicial Technology
  • Speaker, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Speaker, American Association for Justice
  • 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

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

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

Industry Groups

  • See Website
  • Or C.V./resume For Organizations And Groups To Which Mr. Kornblum Belongs


  • “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 Settlement of 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: 415-440-7800

Fax: 415-440-7898

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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