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Dennis B. Kass
Partner based in the Los Angeles Office
801 S. Figueroa Street 15th Floor
Los Angeles, CA  90017
(213)624-6900 

 
Dennis B. Kass is a founding partner at Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester, LLP. Mr. Kass has received a number of honors for his trial skills, including:

· Elected as IASIU Southern California Chapter's General Counsel (2014)

· The Governor's Award for Service to the Community from Loyola Law School (2013)

· AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating

· Los Angeles Magazine “Super Lawyer” (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013)

· Loyola Trial Lawyer of the Year (2002)

· California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for Civil Litigation (CLAY Award) (2001)

· IASIU Southern California Chapter Defense Attorney of the Year (1999)

Mr. Kass heads the firm’s Complex Litigation Team. The team’s focus includes mass torts and high exposure personal injury matters. Mr. Kass also has extensive experience in the area of transportation litigation. Mr. Kass represents many trucking and other transportation clients, including serving as monitoring counsel for high exposure matters. The team also specializes in the handling of class action defense and defending Unfair Business Practice Claims (Business and Professions Code §17200).

Mr. Kass gained notoriety in the area of insurance fraud litigation and is counsel to IASIU Southern California Chapter and on the CLM Fraud Committee. Mr. Kass has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Daily Journal, and scores of other periodicals, as well as on television and radio for his role as lead counsel in numerous “whistle-blower” 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 California’s Whistle-Blower law, obtaining an $8.2 million jury verdict against the defendant doctors. Mr. Kass was also lead counsel on the first state “whistle-blower” action which was based upon civil claims.

Mr. Kass also has extensive experience in the area of insurance fraud litigation. He has been called upon by various insurance companies to assist in the prosecution of complex and sophisticated fraud rings. He is also involved in training professionals in a variety of subject areas, lecturing across the country on subjects including insurance fraud related areas, insurance bad faith, and insurance coverage issues.

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

Mr. Kass has served as both an arbitrator and as a mediator since 1993. Mr. Kass is the author of the following articles: “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?” and “How Do We Settle a Wrongful Death Case Post Moody?”

Mr. Kass graduated from UCLA in 1984 with a joint degree in Political Science and Psychology. He graduated from Loyola Law School in 1988. Mr. Kass has served as a mentor for law students for many years. Dennis is also a member of industry-specific groups, including the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA) and the California Trucking Association (CTA).