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Guy O. Kornblum, Kornblum, Cochran, Erickson & Harbison LLP

Guy O. Kornblum


Location: San Francisco, California
Phone: 415-440-7800

Guy O. Kornblum has specialized as a trial and appellate lawyer for over 40 years. He specializes in a wide range of civil litigation, including serious injury and wrongful death, financial and physical elder abuse, and all aspects of insurance including “bad faith” claims. Mr. Kornblum himself has handled over 4000 litigated matters to conclusion, and has several million dollar plus cases to his credit. He has represented hundreds of clients, small businesses, individuals, and large Fortune 500 corporations. He is highly regarded for his courtroom and appellate skills, and his representation of his clients in mediations, where he has a strong track record of successful settlements.

Mr. Kornblum is certified in Civil Trial Law and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the prestigious National Board of Trial Advocacy and is a Charter Fellow, American College of Board Certified Attorneys. He is also a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar and Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum, for those attorneys who have achieved multi- million dollar awards or settlements for their clients. Additionally, he is a Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary; a Platinum Member, The Verdict Club, recognizing his “professional excellence in litigation”; a “Top 100” Trial Lawyer, and is listed in the 22d Edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.” He has been selected as a Super Lawyer each year since 2006. Mr. Kornblum was selected as the San Francisco Bay Area’s 2010 Best Lawyer in a poll conducted by the Nob Hill Gazette, a prominent San Francisco magazine.

Mr. Kornblum received his “a.v.” rating – the highest possible – by the preeminent peer review rating service, Martindale Hubbell in his first year of eligibility in 1971, and has a “5” rating as well, the highest possible. He has also received a “10” (“Superb”) rating by AVVO, also a premier lawyer rating service.

Mr. Kornblum is the author of “Negotiating and Settling Tort Cases: Reaching the Settlement,” published by the Thomson West Publishing Company and American Association for Justice, Third Edition, 2015-2016 and co-author of two books on insurance law. He also regularly teaches continuing legal education courses for various bar organizations, including the Bar Association of San Francisco, and bar course providers.

Mr. Kornblum is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. 1966; he received his A.B. from Indiana University in 1961, after which he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army as a counterintelligence officer before entering Hastings. At Hastings he received the highest academic honor as a Member, Order of the Coif, and the Thurston Honor Society, and served on the Editorial Board of the Hastings Law Journal.

He is devoted to physical fitness as a member of San Francisco’s Olympic Club, where he was a member of the club’s four wall handball team for many years, and now where he is an avid spinner. He serves as Chancellor of St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church and is a lifelong Episcopalian, as is his wife, Victoria. They have two adult children and a daughter-in- law who live in the Bay Area. Additionally, Mr. Kornblum has served on the Board of the Hastings Foundation.

My Passion for Dispute Resolution

I have a passion for dispute resolution.  It comes from my heritage – a dad who was a lawyer in the Midwest in the 50’s, 60’s and until he retired at 85 years old in the 90’s.  He was a master negotiator but at the same time a supreme diplomat.  His best friend – my Godfather – told me that Dad could tell someone to “go to hell” and they thought they received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Areas of Practice

Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Insurance Law
Insurance Coverage
Insurance Bad Faith Claims
Medical and Legal Malpractice
Punitive Damage Actions
Commercial Disputes
Class Actions
Nursing Home Negligence & Abuse
Elder Abuse

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

Civil Trial Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy
Civil Pre-Trial Practice Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy
Charter Fellow, American College of Board Certified Attorneys

Bar Admissions

California, 1966
Indiana, 1966
U.S. Supreme Court, 1971
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1966
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1966
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1966
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1966
U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1966
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1966


University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
J.D. – 1966
Honors: Phi Delta Phil Legal Fraternity (Graduate of the Year 1966 for Hastings); Order of the Coif; Thurston Honor Society; Editorial Board, Hastings Law Journal
Indiana University
B.A. – 1961
Honors: Phi Eta Sigma, Scholastic Blue Key Honor Society
Honors: Alpha Tau Omega Social Fraternity (50 Year Award)


Speaker, “What You Need to Know to Litigate an Insurance Bad Faith Case in 2011”, American Association for Justice in New York City
Speaker, “Mediation Advocacy: Getting the Best Results for Your Clients in Mediation,”, Bar Association of San Francisco, December 7, 2011 – Present
Speaker, Continuing Education Legal Education, Judicial Technology, January 2011

Honors and Awards

National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyer (Personal Injury)
Charter Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer
Lifetime Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Lifetime Member, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Platinum Member, The Verdict Club
Named, Northern California “Super Lawyer”, 2006 – 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, Member
California and Indiana State Bar Association, Member
American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Member
Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
San Francisco Bar Association, Member
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member
Insurance Bad Faith Trial Lawyers Association

Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association

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