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Kirk A. Pasich

Insurance Recovery


Kirk Pasich is the leader of Liner's Insurance Recovery Group. According to Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Kirk is one of the country's best-known and most respected lawyers. He represents insureds in a wide range of disputes with insurers and insurance brokers, and focuses on maximizing the value of clients’ insurance portfolios. Kirk has handled more than 60 trials and arbitrations and more than 50 appellate proceedings. Kirk has helped clients obtain more than $5 billion in insurance recoveries. He is a prolific author and speaker, and his articles have been cited and quoted by numerous courts.

Kirk has been lead counsel in matters throughout California and in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Vermont, as well as in Bermuda and England. Kirk has obtained several verdicts for his clients that have been ranked among the 10 largest jury verdicts of the year in California. He also has argued many times before California and federal appellate courts. Kirk has obtained key appellate decisions on insurance, the attorney-client privilege, procedural issues, and various other subjects.

Kirk has been recognized by Variety as one of the nation’s top 50 entertainment lawyers for his insurance recovery work in the entertainment industry. He represents motion picture studios, television networks, production companies, record companies, actors, directors, producers, executives, book publishers, musicians, and others in insurance coverage, entertainment industry, and intellectual property matters. Indeed, LawDragon describes Kirk as “the entertainment industry’s insurance guru," stating that he "is primo for movie studios, TV networks, Fortune 500 companies," and others.


  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (J.D., cum laude, 1980)

University of California Los Angeles (B.A., cum laude, 1977)

Speaking Engagements & Publications

Kirk is the author of more than 400 articles and columns. He has written insurance and entertainment law columns for the Daily Journal for nearly 30 years. His articles also have been featured in The ABA Journal, ACC Docket, Advocate, Business Insurance, California Lawyer, The Corporate Analyst, Coverage, The Deal, Environmental Claims Journal , The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, The Legal Times, Los Angeles Business Journal, Los Angeles Lawyer, Mealey’s Litigation Reports, The National Law Journal, National Underwriter, The Ohio State Law Journal, Sacramento Digest, and Tort and Insurance Law Journal, among others. His articles have been cited and quoted by various courts, including the California and Arizona Supreme Courts.

Kirk has written or served as the contributing author for several books. These include:

  • Contributing author, The Attorney-Client Privilege in Civil Litigation (4th ed. ABA, 2011)
  • Contributing author, California Insurance Law and Practice (LexisNexis, 2009)
  • Contributing editor, California Litigation Forms: Civil Procedure Before Trial (West, 2000)
  • Author, Casualty and Liability Insurance (Matthew Bender, 2000, 2003)
  • Contributing author and editor, The Complex Insurance Coverage Litigation Handbook (ABA, 2010)
  • Co-author, Directors and Officers: Liabilities and Protections (LexisNexis, 2000, 2003)
  • Contributing author, The Drafting History Debate (Mealey Publications, 1995)
  • Contributing author, Entertainment Litigation (Oxford University Press, 2011, 2016)
  • Contributing Author, Financing and Protecting California Businesses (CEB, 2016)
  • Contributing author, Los Angeles Disaster Assistance Manual (1992)
  • Co-author, New Appleman Sports and Entertainment Insurance Law & Practice Guide (LexisNexis, 2010, 2016)
  • Co-author and co-editor, The Year 2000 and Beyond: Liabilities and Insurance for Computer Code Problems (CCH, 2000)

Kirk has been interviewed on Fox Business Channel regarding insurance coverage for wildfires, Fox News “Weekend Live” regarding insurance coverage for hurricane losses, the CBS Nightly News, and the ABC Nightly News. He also has been quoted in most of the country’s major newspapers, in various industry publications, including Daily Variety and Business Insurance, and in publications and radio broadcasts in other countries.

Speaking Engagements and Public Appearances
Kirk has spoken and made presentations on more than 100 occasions, including at programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Executive Enterprises, Incremental Advantage, the Institute for Corporate Counsel, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Loyola Sports Law Institute, Mealey’s, Practising Law Institute, RIMS, and the UCLA Entertainment Law Symposium. He also has taught legal education programs on a wide range of subjects, including eliminating bias in the legal profession, ethics, insurance, intellectual property, and lawyering skills.

  • The Legal 500 Hall of Fame:  Named to the Hall of Fame (one of only 455 lawyers, and one of only 12 policyholder lawyers); recognized as one of the nation's "elite leading lawyers" for "continued excellence." (2017)
  • Best in the U.S.: Named “Best in Class”  (2006-2016) 
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Awarded “Band 1” (highest) rating for insurance in California (2003-2016) and one of 12 policyholder lawyers to be awarded the “Band 1” national rating (2007-2017)
  • Benchmark Litigation:  Named a California “Litigation Star” and ranked in National Tier 1 level (2009-2016)
  • The Legal 500 United States:  Named in insurance as an “all-star lawyer” and “an unmistakable feature of California’s insurance landscape” (2009-2016)
  • Lawdragon: Named as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2006-2017)
  • Daily Journal:  Named as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California (Sept. 2016)
  • Super Lawyers: Named as one of Southern California's Top 100 lawyers (2012-2017)
  • Variety: Legal Impact Report: Named one of the nation's Top 50 Entertainment Lawyers (June 2012)
  • Best Lawyers: Named 2011 Los Angeles Insurance Lawyer of the Year
  • Los Angeles Business Journal: Named as one of Los Angeles' Top 10 Litigators in “Who’s Who in L.A. Law” (2009)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance (2008-2017)

Kirk Pasich Chambers Ranked


Kirk is a member of the American Bar Association, the ABA Tort & Insurance Practice Section, the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS).

Kirk has been involved in numerous other professional and community organizations, including: member, board of directors, Alliance for Children’s Rights (2013-2015); member, board of directors, Constitutional Rights Foundation (1999-2000); member, board of editors, Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin (2001-2009); member, Los Angeles City Attorney's Task Force for Economic Recovery (1992-1993); member, board of directors, The National Academy of Jazz (1987-1988); member, UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame Committee (2010-2012); and chair, board of directors, The Woody Herman Foundation (1988-1992).

Kirk has served as a volunteer attorney in the adoptions of foster children since 1997.  He also has served as an arbitrator and as an expert witness on insurance and ethical issues.


Insurance Recovery
Kirk has handled matters regarding insurance coverage for asbestos liabilities; advertising liabilities; business interruption and extra expense claims; class action settlements; class actions; copyright, patent, and trademark infringement; crime and fidelity losses; directors and officers liabilities; earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, and other natural disaster losses; employment, discrimination, and harassment claims; entertainment industry liabilities and production losses; environmental and pollution losses; errors and omissions claims; Internet, domain, and computer virus losses; political risk; products liability; statutory violations; utility and energy claims and losses; and warranty and representation claims.

He also represents many institutions and individuals in the entertainment and sports industries in a wide range of insurance coverage matters, including handling claims and litigation under production and cast insurance policies, errors and omissions and multimedia policies, event cancellation and non-appearance policies, liability policies, and property policies.

Kirk also represents clients in substantial claims against insurance brokers.

Commercial Litigation
In addition to his insurance recovery work, Kirk has handled substantial commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract, fiduciary duty and fraud claims, construction disputes, idea submission and copyright infringement claims, professional malpractice claims, real estate disputes, and tax-related claims.

Entertainment Matters
Kirk has represented individuals and entities in the entertainment industry for 30 years. His clients have included major and independent motion picture studios and production companies, record companies, actors, directors, authors, and musicians. He has worked with some of the most successful recording artists of all time, and has had the privilege of hosting a series of private concerts. A former music critic and personal manager, Kirk has represented his clients in negotiating a wide range of contracts and in litigation. Kirk also is the president of an independent record label.