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Overview

Overview

David (“Dave”) Kenna has practiced law for close to 25 years, predominantly in the insurance industries, litigating through trial numerous insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes in state and federal courts as well as arbitration panels throughout the United States.  Dave regularly counsels clients with respect to good faith claims handling practices, focusing on navigating the most difficult jurisdictions, including Florida, South Carolina, Georgia and Massachusetts.  Dave’s experience encompasses both first-party and third-party insurance issues and he has represented companies on both the ceded and assumed sides of reinsurance.

As Assistant General Counsel at a major insurance company in Hartford for the past ten years, Dave has overseen the defense of litigation involving all aspects of the insurance industry, including coverage, bad faith, underwriting, class actions and employment litigation.  Dave also counsels clients as to the construction and wording of various types of insurance policies and reinsurance agreements.

Prior to his position as in-house counsel, Dave was a partner at a renowned New York law firm where, in addition to insurance-related disputes, he litigated and arbitrated securities and commodities disputes, representing customers and brokers and traders.  His prior experience as a commodities trader has given him a deep understanding of the financial industry and has allowed him to represent a major commodities exchange as well.  He also regularly represented clients in contract and employment disputes. 

In the Hartford community, Dave regularly represents indigent clients through his work with Connecticut Statewide Legal Services and Lawyers for Children America.  He is a team leader with the Hartford House of Bread and volunteers regularly with the Salvation Army as well as the West Hartford Food Pantry.  He has participated in many Habitat for Humanity projects in the United States as well as Central and South America.  Finally, Dave is a proud member of the Hartford Hot Several Brass Band (Trombone).

Experience

Experience

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • British Insurance Law Association

Publications

  • “New York Insurance Law: Duty to Disclose Information on Insurance Application,”  The (English) Law Commission Consultation Paper No. 204, April 2012.
  • “Swine Flu – Implications for First-Party and Workers’ Compensation Insurance,” Co-Author, Claims Quorum – CPCU Society Claims Interest Group, Volume 28, Number 2, April 2010.
  • “Rule B Attachment Detached: The Rise and Fall of Winter Storm,” British Insurance Law Association Journal No. 120, December 2010.
  • “’A Spot Transaction by Any Other Name….’ The CFTC and Foreign Currency Transactions,” Co-Author, Mealey’s Emerging Securities Litigation, April 2008.
  • “Rule B Attachment in the Second Circuit and Points of Concern to Insurance Carriers,” Co-Author, Mealey’s Emerging Insurance Disputes, June 2009.
  • CFTC v. Zelener: The Commodity Futures Trading ‘Omission,’” Co-Author, Mealey’s Emerging Securities Litigation, April 2005.
  • “Y2K: A First Party Perspective,” Co-Author, Mealey’s Litigation Report: Insurance, March 1999.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Counsel’s Choice – The Ethical Dilemma of the Three-Legged Stool: Effective Interaction with the Insurer, Insured and Defense Counsel,” National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms Annual Meeting, September 2015.

Capabilities

Credentials

Credentials

Admitted to Practice

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York

Education

  • Hofstra University, B.A.
  • Fordham University School of Law

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