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.
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