Teresa R. Ponder

A shareholder in Berger Kahn’s Irvine office, Teresa R. Ponder focuses on federal and state court litigation of complex first-party insurance bad faith cases arising under residential and commercial policies. Teresa has particular expertise in actions concerning a carrier’s institutional practices or procedures and disaster operations. She has represented major carriers in non-litigation coverage disputes and has litigated a variety of cases involving significant exposure due to earth movement, landslide and/or earthquake occurrences. From 2012-present, Teresa was named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers, an honor reserved for only the top 5% of practicing attorneys. In 2013-present, Teresa was named by Super Lawyers to the list of “Top Women Attorneys in Southern California” and in 2014, she was admitted to the “Top 50 Orange County” list.


Education

Western State University College of Law (JD, 1987)
• Member, University Law Review
• Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Torts
University of South Carolina (BS, 1975)


Admitted to Practice

California
U.S. District Court, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California


Memberships

Orange County Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Orange County Insurance Defense Association
Orange County Women Lawyers


Distinctions

2014 Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers
2017 Southern California Super Lawyers
2016 Southern California Super Lawyers
2015 Southern California Super Lawyers
2014 Southern California Super Lawyers
2013 Southern California Super Lawyers
2012 Southern California Super Lawyers
2016 Super Lawyers “Top Women Attorneys in Southern California”
2015 Super Lawyers “Top Women Attorneys in Southern California”
2014 Super Lawyers “Top Women Attorneys in Southern California”
2013 Super Lawyers “Top Women Attorneys in Southern California”


Community Service

Partner Teresa R. Ponder serves as the professional mentor and steward to the Project SELF, Santa Ana high school intern working in the Berger Kahn office.


Recent Media Coverage

Orange County Attorney Journal Features All Berger Kahn Shareholders for Inclusion in Super Lawyers Business Edition
Attorney Journal – February 20, 2017

Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”
Super Lawyers – January 20, 2017

All Berger Kahn Shareholders Featured in 2016 Super Lawyers Business Edition
Super Lawyers – November 23, 2016

Shareholder Teresa Ponder and Partner Erin Mindoro Featured in O.C. Attorney Journal
O.C. Attorney Journal – November 4, 2016

Shareholder Teresa Ponder and Partner Erin Mindoro Featured in the Super Lawyers Southern California “Top Women” Lists for 2016
Super Lawyers – September 1, 2016

O.C. Bar Association Commends Berger Kahn For Recognition to Super Lawyers Including Elite “Top 100 Southern California” and “Top 50 OC” Lists
O.C. Bar Association – March 14, 2016

Attorney Journal Features Managing Partner Craig Simon and Shareholders Sherman Spitz and Teresa Ponder for Selection to Super Lawyers Lists
Attorney Journal – March 14, 2016

Eight Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”
Super Lawyers – January 20, 2016

Nine Berger Kahn Partners Featured in Super Lawyers Business Edition
Super Lawyers – November 23, 2015

Los Angeles Magazine Features 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers List of “Top Women Attorneys” – Recognizing Two Berger Kahn Attorneys
Los Angeles Magazine – August 10, 2015

O.C. Bar Association Commends Berger Kahn Attorneys for Selection to Super Lawyers “Top” Lists
O.C. Bar Association – June 11, 2015

Nine Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”
Super Lawyers – January 21, 2015

Berger Kahn Celebrates 45th Anniversary as a Unique California Law Firm
January 2, 2015

Attorney Journal Community News Features Berger Kahn Attorneys for Recognition to List of Super Lawyers “Top Women Attorneys”
Orange County Attorney Journal – September 2, 2014

“Go-to litigator” Principal Teresa Ponder Featured in Orange County Attorney Journal
Orange County Attorney Journal – July 1, 2014

Eight Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Southern California Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”
Super Lawyers – January 17, 2014

“Attorneys Pitch in During the Holidays” features Berger Kahn’s Charitable Efforts
Daily Journal – December 30, 2013

Six Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Southern California Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”
Super Lawyers Magazine – January 21, 2013

“Do You Need Landslide Insurance?” — Landslide and Difference in Conditions Coverage
InsuranceRates.com – November 28, 2012

Berger Kahn Opens Doors for Santa Ana’s Youth through Project SELF
Yahoo Finance – June 20, 2012


Speaking Engagements
Consumer Class Actions in Defective Plumbing Products and How They Affect Subrogation Rights
National Association of Subrogation Professionals Web Seminar
February 9, 2016