Kathleen Danna

With an extensive 20-year practice in litigation and insurance coverage, Kathleen joined Berger Kahn in 2002 after graduating from Seton Hall University School of Law. Her practice included providing coverage analysis and for commercial lines and personal policy insurers. She also successfully represented insurers in coverage and “bad faith” lawsuits.

Kathleen has favorably handled a wide range of claims, including serious bodily injury and wrongful death claims, catastrophic claims, class action litigation, “Cumis” disputes (right to insurer-funded independent counsel), Washington’s Insurance Fair Conduct Act, and additional country-wide coverage disputes and litigation, including Oregon, Illinois, and Florida, just to name a few examples. This breadth of experience includes enforcing a comprehensive range of contractual obligations incurred across multiple types of businesses.

Prior to rejoining Berger Kahn in 2018, Kathleen served in CNA’s in-house commercial coverage group where she specialized in construction defect coverage, as well as commercial lines coverage for 14 years. Kathleen successfully represented her in-house clients, providing and gaining unique coverage insight with respect to coverage matters across the country.

She also provided coverage analysis for commercial lines and personal policy insurers and successfully litigated and resolved claims on her clients’ behalf for LaTorraca & Goettsch in Long Beach, California, following a stint litigating NJ and NY personal injury claims for Davis, Saperstein & Solomon in New Jersey, where she handled tort litigation including products liability and wrongful death claims, as well as New Jersey’s tobacco class action litigation and New Jersey’s and New York’s significant diet drug litigation against fen-phen.

Published Works

Comment, Megan’s Law: Protecting The Vulnerable or Unconstitutionally Punishing Sex Offenders?, 7 Seton Hall Const. L.J., 913-958 (1997)

Seton Hall University School of Law (JD,1998)
• Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal
Rutgers College (BA– Psychology, 1995)
Sociology Minor, Criminology Certificate, Dean’s List

Admitted to Practice

State of New Jersey
New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First District
State of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Community Involvement
Berger Kahn Supports Project Youth’s 7th Annual Brewfest Event
On June 28, 2019, Berger Kahn attended Project Youth’s 7th annual rooftop Brewfest fundraiser. The Orange County Bar Foundation’s Project Youth, a non-profit organization, holds the event every year in order to raise money for its programs that provide health education, academic, and career development, as well as a juvenile diversion for at-risk youth in the Santa Ana community. This year’s event included an impressive array of good eats, wines, unlimited beer samplings, and an impressive raffle. Along with the food and festivities, three participants of Berger Kahn’s Orange County Marathon team were awarded for placing top three in their divisions: Chris Neumeyer, shareholder Steve Cohn, and his daughter Molly Cohn. Congratulations to all three runners! OC Bar Foundation Associate Board member and Partner Erin Ezra, Shareholders David Ezra and Steve Cohn, Associate Andrew Wyatt, Partner Kathleen Danna, Paralegals Alyssa Telles and Hannah Hong, and Legal Assistants Nathan Malicdem and Jacqueline Lee were also in attendance.

Berger Kahn Joins the 2018 PurpleStride OC 5K to End Pancreatic Cancer
On November 17, David Ezra, Erin Ezra, Kathleen Danna, Ian Kaplan, Patricia Contreras, Hannah Hong, and Alyssa Telles participated in the PurpleStride 5K, organized by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. This year PurpleStride O.C. celebrates its 10th anniversary and Berger Kahn was eager to support this great cause and help fundraise for patients and families impacted by pancreatic cancer.