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Robert John McKennon

Employee benefits Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

5.0   3 reviews

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Employee benefits
    50%
    Erisa Cases, pension, life insurance, disability insurance, accidental death insurance

    37 years

  2. Insurance
    25%
    I handle bad faith and ERISA insurance litigation and have been for 24 years. Disability insurance

    37 years, 350 cases

  3. Life insurance
    15%

  4. Health insurance
    10%

Robert J. McKennon is a founding shareholder of McKennon Law Group PC. He represents individuals and small-to-large corporations in sophisticated litigation matters in state and federal court. He has recovered millions of dollars for our clients from such insurance companies as: Unum, Prudential, Lincoln National, Standard Life, Sun Life, Met Life, Hartford Life, Mass Mutual, Paul Revere, Provident, Trustmark and Aetna for all types of insurance claims, including:

  • Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • ERISA
  • Health Insurance
  • Long-Term Care
  • Property & Casualty

Mr. McKennon is admitted to all federal and state courts in California, and regularly handles litigation matters in federal courts in the Western United States. He is a nationally recognized expert in insurance litigation matters and has tried, litigated, and resolved hundreds of insurance litigation matters, including ERISA/employee benefit, life, health and long-term disability and short-term disability insurance, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, unfair trade practices, and insurance agent/broker litigation. Mr. McKennon has also handled numerous business litigation cases in the areas of general business and contract disputes and unfair competition.

Mr. McKennon frequently serves as a guest speaker at local and national conferences concerning life, health, long-term disability, short-term disability and ERISA issues, and has chaired numerous national conferences on these topics.

Mr. McKennon formerly represented numerous insurance companies in first-party insurance lawsuits involving life, health and short-term and long-term disability insurance disputes, insurance bad faith and punitive damages for over twenty-four years. He now represents insureds, claimants, businesses and other consumers who believe that their insurance companies have improperly denied their claims for insurance benefits.

Mr. McKennon was the founder and editor of the Life, Health & Disability Insurance Law Blog at lifehealthdisabilityinsurancelaw.com while he was a partner at Barger & Wolen LLP. He is currently the editor of the California Insurance Litigation Blog at californiainsurancelitigation.com. He is also a regular contributing author of insurance articles in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the most read and respected legal newspaper in California. The nationally respected Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and the nationwide Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers has awarded Mr. McKennon their highest possible rating, “AV.” This assessment is based on confidential recommendations received exclusively from lawyers and judges. The rating highlights an attorney’s competence, ethical conduct, professional ability, diligence and overall performance. Mr. McKennon has been also awarded AVVO’s rating of “Superb,” 10.0 out of a possible 10.0, which also highlights an attorney’s competence, ethical conduct, professional ability, diligence and overall performance. Mr. McKennon has also been recognized for numerous years as a Southern California “Super Lawyer,” a prestigious recognition given to only 5% of attorneys in the United States which recognizes him as one of California’s top attorneys in ERISA and insurance coverage matters. Mr. McKennon has been profiled in Forbes, American Lawyer, Coast magazine, Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Corporate Counsel, and National Law Journal as a top Southern California insurance and business litigation attorney. Mr. McKennon was named as one of Orange County Register Metro’s Top Southern California Attorneys for numerous years.  Mr, McKennon was also named as a Corporate Live Wire’s Global Awards Newport Beach, Orange County, California “Insurance & Reinsurance” Lawyer of the Year.  The American Society of Legal Advocates has recognized him as one of the top 100 Insurance lawyers in the State of California.  He won the Distinguished Lawyer Designation© from the Expert Network, which is only conferred upon the top 3% of lawyers in the United States.  Mr. McKennon’s law firm, McKennon Law Group PC, was selected as “Insurance Litigation Law Firm of the Year – United States in 2016” by Lawyers Worldwide Magazine.

Licensed for 36 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1986
Updated 09/12/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Robert

McKennon Law Group PC
20321 SW Birch St.
Suite 200
Newport Beach, CA, 92660

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Posted by Colette | December 1, 2020
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I give my highest possible recommendation
I give my highest possible recommendation to McKennon Law Group PC: 5-out-of-5 stars!! To anyone looking to hire an ERISA disability benefit lawyer, look no further. Bob McKennon and Joe McMillen were absolutely fantastic! I could not have been in better hands. I suffer from excruciating abdominal, pelvis and leg pain from endometriosis. Often, I can barely get out of bed let alone do my job. I was astounded when Hartford denied my claim and appeal. I appealed again and provided Hartford with all the evidence I thought they needed. When Hartford contacted me to respond to opinion reports from their medical doctors (a gynecologist and pain management physician both saying that I was not disabled and did not even have endometriosis), I knew that I needed a lawyer. The McKennon firm immediately stepped in with a brilliant strategy. They orchestrated a plan with me and my doctors to marshal strategic evidence that won my second appeal, evidence that I would have never thought to obtain. I am truly grateful that McKennon Law Group won all my disability benefits for me. And they did it quickly without me even having to go through a mediation or trial. Thank you, Bob, Joe and team!
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Posted by V | August 4, 2020
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McKennon Law Group Gets Sedgwick to Reinstate Disability Benefits
I highly recommend McKennon Law Group. Bob and Nick provided excellent services, and were very committed to my case. My disability benefits were denied. My medical condition was debilitating and continued to worsen. I became disabled with a series of severe physical problems. I initially started to pursue my claim on my own but quickly realized that such an attempt would fail and hired McKennon Law Group. Thanks to Bob and Nick my disability insurance claim was approved. In denying the claim, Sedgwick completely ignored the reports of my doctors and nurses. McKennon Law Group convinced the insurer to reinstate my benefits without resorting to litigation. Their great work turned Sedgwick insurance carrier around and they reinstated my benefits. I am now receiving my benefits and can focus on getting the treatment I need to recover from my disabling conditions. I cannot thank them enough – they are the best!
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Posted by Loreta | June 29, 2020
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McKennon Law Group PC is the best !!!
McKennon Law Group PC is the best. They are wonderful to deal with. The rm represented me when my long-term disability carrier terminated my disability benets. They did an incredible job. Bob McKennon and Nick West were always willing to work with me and helped me to understand the process. After my claim was denied, they sued and aggressively fought my insurer and nally nego)ateda great se*lement for me that resulted in the insurer paying me an excellent se*lement. I could not have done it without them. My husband and I are very grateful we hired the McKennon Law Group PC. I highly recommend them for any disability insurance ma*er and I cannot thank them enough for what they did for me. THEY ARE GREAT!!!!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Barger & Wolen LLP
  • 1986 - 2010

Education

  • University of Southern California Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Cantonese

Awards

  • Super Lawyers - Insurance Coverage
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment
  • American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers
  • American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation
  • American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyers - Insurance Coverage
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • nation's top attorneys in business practice areas
  • Thomson Reuters/Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • In August 2012 Corporate Counsel magazine, National Law Journal
  • Corporate Counsel magazine and The National Law Journal
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyers - Insurance Coverage
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • AV Rated Since 2003
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Insurance Agents Key to Insurer Liability, (November 1, 2012)
  • 2012
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Equitable Relief in the Ninth Circuit Just Got Better for Consumers (July 11, 2012)
  • 2012
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Boon or Bust for Employee Rights Under ERISA Plans (June 3, 2011)
  • 2012
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • In ERISA Cases, The Standard of Review Really Does Matter (December 6, 2010)
  • 2010
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • The Waiver Doctrine, Alive And Well in ERISA Cases (August 11, 2010)
  • 2010
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Differential Standard of Review in ERISA Cases Clarified (May 4, 2010)
  • 2010
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • ERISA Plan Administrators Take Heed (February 10, 2010)
  • 2010
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Accidental Injury vs. Sickness Provisions in Disability Policies (2009)
  • 2009
  • For The Defense (DRI, Defense Research Institute)
  • Disability Cases: The Requirement for Regular and Appropriate Care (2004)
  • 2004
  • American Conference Institute
  • Managing and Litigating Mental-Nervous Insurance Claims (2003)
  • 2003
  • Western Claims Conference
  • Introduction to Disability Fraud (2003)
  • 2003
  • American Conference Institute
  • The Requirement for Regular and Appropriate Care in Disability Cases (2002)
  • 2002
  • Southern Claims Conference
  • Recent Developments: The Contestable Clause, Bad Faith and Punitive Damages (2002)
  • 2002
  • Unum Provident
  • Special Investigative Unit Training Manual (2002)
  • 2002
  • American Conference Institute
  • The Public Policy Defense: The New Frontier in Disability Insurance Litigation (2000)
  • 2000
  • American Conference Institute
  • Litigating the Bad Faith Case (2000)
  • 2000
  • International Insurance Law Review
  • Insurance Sales on the Internet: A Work in Progress (May 1998)
  • 1998
  • Barger & Wolen LLP
  • California Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations Manual (1997)
  • 1998
  • Southern Claims Conference
  • Contestable Life Claims (1997)
  • 1997
  • Southern Claims Conference
  • Unique and Emerging Issues in Insurance Litigation (1996)
  • 1996
  • Midwest Claims Conference
  • Emerging Issues in Disability, Health and Life Claims (1996)
  • 1996
  • ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section publication
  • Insurance Issues in Bankruptcy: An Insurer's Perspective (Fall 1994)
  • 1994
  • Chapters, Association of Life Insurance Counsel
  • The Life Insurance Law of California, Delinquency Proceedings" and "Formation and Issuance of Life Insurance Policies? (1990)
  • 1990
  • California Insurance Law and Practice, Matthew Bender
  • Insolvency of Insurers, California Insurance Law and Practice, Matthew Bender (1986-92)
  • 1986
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Speaking Engagements

  • American Conference Institute Boston, Ma.
  • Co-Chair: Litigating Disability and ERISA Claims
  • 2009
  • 38th Annual Midwest Claim Conference
  • Panelist/Presenter: Bad Faith Insurance Law Update
  • 2007
  • American Conference Institute, Chicago Ill.
  • Panelist/Presenter: Litigating Disability Insurance Claims Conference
  • 2006
  • Mealeys
  • Panelist/Presenter: Bad Faith Litigation Conference
  • 2005
  • American Conference Institute
  • Panelist/Presenter: Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims
  • 2005
  • Unum Provident
  • Panelist/Presenter: Disability Fraud Issues Forum
  • 2004
  • American Conference Institute
  • Co-Chair: 7th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims
  • 2004
  • American Conference Institute
  • Panelist/Presenter: Managing and Litigating Depression Disability Insurance Claims
  • 2003
  • 19th Annual Western Claims Conference
  • Panelist/Presenter: Bad Faith Litigatiion
  • 2003
  • American Conference Institute
  • Co-Chair: Strategies for Success in Litigating Disability Insurance Claims
  • 2000
  • American Conference Institute
  • Panelist/Presenter: 6th National Conference on Bad Faith and Punitive Damages
  • 2000
  • American Conference Institute
  • Panelist/Presenter: 3rd National Strategies for Success in Litigating Disability Insurance Claims
  • 2000
  • Southwest Insurance Association Conference
  • Panelist/Presenter: Are You Really Complying With States Fair Claim Practices
  • 1998
  • Southern Claims Conference
  • Panelist/Presenter: Contestable Life Claims
  • 1997
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Panelist/Presenter: Insurance Bad Faith: Plaintiff & Defense Perspectives
  • 1997
  • Eastern Claims Conference ,
  • Panelist/Presenter: Uncivilized Behavior in a Civilized System
  • 1997
  • Southern Claims Conference
  • Panelist/Presenter: Unique and Emerging Issues in Insurance Litigation
  • 1996
  • Southern Claims Conference
  • Panelist/Presenter: Emerging Issues in Disability, Health and Life Insurance Litigation
  • 1996
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Newport Beach Employee benefits Lawyer Robert John McKennon
Robert John McKennon
Employee benefits Attorney
Newport Beach, CA
Licensed for 36 years
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