Bonnie J. Bennett

Bonnie J. Bennett is Senior Counsel at Berger Kahn on the wildfire litigation team.

With over 15 years of experience, she is a dedicated litigator who seeks to help recover monies paid out to people affected by wildfire.

Bonnie has prosecuted subrogation claims in many wildfires, including the North Bay and Camp Fires against PG&E, and the Thomas, Rye, and Woolsey Fires against Southern California Edison.

Before focusing her practice on Subrogation, Bonnie had extensive experience defending general contractors, developers and insurers in high-stakes litigation.

In 2009, Bonnie received the President’s Award from the Warren J. Ferguson American Inn of Court, for her commitment to civility, leadership, ethics and integrity in the practice of law.

She obtained her law degree from Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, completing in 2005. While at Chapman, Bonnie served on the Nexus Law Journal. She also received the prestigious CALI Award in Environmental Law for her scholastic excellence.

In her free time, Bonnie enjoys spending time with her family, spending time outdoors, and cooking. She is also deeply committed to her community, serving in volunteer roles within Girl Scouts of Orange County, higher education and with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Education
Chapman University, Fowler School of Law (JD, 2005)
• Environmental Law Certification
• Nexus Law Journal, Editorial Board Member
• CALI Award for Environmental Law
• Student Bar Association Representative
University of Puget Sound, Washington (BA Politics and Government, 2001)
• Varsity Crew
• Kappa Kappa Gamma

Admitted to Practice
• California
• U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
• Washington
• U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Memberships
Warren J. Ferguson American Inn of Court, All Leadership Positions Held, 2006-2017
Orange County Bar Association, Member
Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law Alumni Association, Member
Kappa Kappa Gamma Orange County Alumnae Association, Member

Distinctions
President’s Award, Warren J. Ferguson American Inn of Court, 2009

Recent Media Coverage
Berger Kahn Welcomes Bonnie J. Bennett – Senior Counsel with Wildfire Litigation Team
Berger Kahn – April 8, 2021

ABTL Publication Features Attorney Bonnie Bennett in “The ‘Right to Repair Act’ Ten Years Later”
Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report – Summer, 2013

Representative Matters
Fire Cases against Southern California Edison and PG&E
While at a previous firm, Bonnie successfully recovered in excess of $56 million dollars for Subrogation clients with claims in the 2017 North Bay Fires and 2018 Camp Fire against PG&E as well as the 2017 Thomas Fire against Southern California Edison.

Community Involvement
Bonnie Bennett currently enjoys volunteering with Girl Scouts of Orange County. She has also previously volunteered for the University of Puget Sound Alumni Association (welcoming new students) and with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training Program.