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Kenneth M. Gorenberg

  • One North Wacker Drive
    Suite 4400
    Chicago, IL 60606-2833

Kenneth M. Gorenberg is a partner in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. A versatile litigator, Mr. Gorenberg is a member of the firm’s Insurance Recovery and Counseling, Commercial Litigation, Construction, Toxic Tort, and Appellate practice groups.

Mr. Gorenberg has handled coverage issues involving an alphabet soup of insurance policies, including CGL, D&O, E&O, EPLI, PLL, and WC/EL, as well as first-party property policies, crime bonds, and surety bonds. He has deep understanding of loss-sensitive insurance programs, having litigated disputes involving workers compensation claim handling as well as deductible and retrospective premium billing. He also works in the trenches of product liability, professional liability, and commercial litigation, including as national coordinating counsel for defendants in asbestos litigation. He has successfully tried cases to verdict and argued and won appeals in state and federal courts across the country. Mr. Gorenberg brings this underlying litigation experience to bear in insurance coverage litigation, negotiation, and counseling for corporate policyholders.

Clients and colleagues also tap Mr. Gorenberg’s unique perspective in transactional matters. For example, he often negotiates, drafts or reviews three important risk allocation provisions in contracts: indemnification, insurance, and limitation of liability. He has drafted special contracts and manuscript endorsements to insurance policies to effectuate parties’ risk allocation preferences. He also participates in due diligence on insurance coverage and product liability issues in corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Gorenberg is deeply involved in the profession and the community. He frequently delivers continuing legal education seminars to practicing lawyers, and he judges moot court and other competitions for law students. In 2014, Mr. Gorenberg was elected a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel. He co-chairs the Product Liability Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee. He is also active in the ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section and Business Law Section, and he is a member of the Defense Research Institute. In 2015, Mr. Gorenberg was elected to the Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League, a leading civil rights organization that combats anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry and hatred. A native of South Jersey, Ken still roots for the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles, 76ers and Flyers.