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Dennis B. Kass

Dennis B. Kass
Founding Partner

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Dennis B. Kass is a founding partner at Manning & Kass. He has received a number of honors for his trial skills, including:
     • 1999 IASIU Southern California Chapter Defense Attorney of the Year;
     • 2001 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for Civil Litigation (CLAY Award);
     • 2002 Loyola Trial Lawyer of the Year; and
     • 2004–2009 and 2013–2017 Super Lawyer.

Mr. Kass has received other honors, in particular:
     • The Governor’s Award for Service to the Community from Loyola Law School (2014); and
     • An AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating.

He has advised many organizations in a key capacity, including:
     • As current elected co-counsel for the IASIU national organization;
     • As counsel to IASIU, Southern California Chapter, from 2011 to present; and
     • As member of the CLM Fraud Committee.

Mr. Kass leads the firm’s Complex Litigation Team, which focuses on affirmative litigation cases involving insurance fraud, first and third party special investigation defense, high exposure and catastrophic personal injury matters, mass torts, transportation litigation and class action defense.  
Mr. Kass is highly prominent and well-regarded in the area of insurance fraud litigation. His press credits include The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Daily Journal, and scores of other periodicals. Additionally, he frequently appears on television and radio for his role as lead counsel in numerous “whistleblower” or “qui tam” actions, where insurance companies have sued professionals, including attorneys and doctors, for their role in large fraud rings. Mr. Kass prevailed in the first jury trial under Insurance Code §1871.7, the “whistleblower  law,” obtaining an $8.2 million jury verdict against the defendant doctors. Mr. Kass was also lead counsel on the first state “whistleblower” action, which was based upon civil claims, and has prevailed at trial on other affirmative cases against those submitting false insurance claims.

Mr. Kass has been called upon by various insurance companies to assist in the prosecution of complex and sophisticated fraud rings. He regularly lectures across the country and trains professionals in a variety of subject areas involving insurance fraud defense, affirmative litigation issues, and insurance coverage issues.

Mr. Kass has been called as an expert witness on behalf of the insurance industry, and has testified before the Judiciary and Insurance Committees in the California State Assembly, as well as before the State Senate Insurance Committee, on an insurance code statute that he assisted in drafting. Mr. Kass has been called upon to testify before the State Senate Insurance Committee on other insurance issues. He has also helped draft proposed anti-fraud legislation in other States, outside of California.

Mr. Kass is extensively experienced in the area of transportation litigation. He represents many trucking and other transportation clients, and serves as monitoring counsel for high exposure matters. His team also specializes in the handling of class action defense and defending unfair business practice claims (Business and Professions Code §17200).
Mr. Kass has served as both an arbitrator and as a mediator since 1993. He graduated from UCLA in 1984 with a joint degree in political science and psychology. He received his JD from Loyola Law School in 1988. He has served as a mentor for law students for many years. Outside of law, Mr. Kass is an avid runner, who has raced in numerous 10k runs and 1/2 marathons, and the Los Angeles Marathon.

Selected Published Articles

Combating Premium Fraud: Is a Qui Tam Action Possible?

Suing for Money When You Haven't Been Damaged?

New Case Settles Dispute Over California’s Insurance Fraud Law

Depositions with an Ulterior Motive

Offensive Weapons in the War Against Insurance Fraud

Blowing the Whistle on Insurance Fraud

To Scan or Not to Scan: The Move to Paperless Claims Files

Revealing Policy Limits Pre-Litigation

Best Claims Practices for Settling Wrongful Death Actions Pre-litigation—Where Did Those Heirs Come From?

How Do We Settle a Wrongful Death Case Post Moody?

Creative Ways to Combat Insurance Fraud—Going on the Offensive

Negotiating Outrageous Hospital Liens—What do we Really Owe?

Putting Civility Back Into Civil Litigation