Kirk Pasich is the client strategy leader of Dickstein Shapiro’s Insurance Coverage Group and leader of the group's Political Risk Insurance Practice.
According to the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Kirk is one of the country's best-known and respected lawyers. He represents policyholders in disputes with insurers and insurance brokers, and focuses on maximizing the value of clients’ insurance portfolios. Kirk was recognized by Variety as one of the nation’s top 50 entertainment lawyers. 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,” while stating that he “is primo for movie studios, TV networks, Fortune 500 companies, and others. Kirk has handled more than 60 trials and arbitrations and more than 50 appellate proceedings. Since January 2007, Kirk has helped clients obtain more than $5 billion in insurance recoveries. He is a prolific author, speaker, and presenter, and his articles have been cited and quoted by numerous courts.
AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
Kirk focuses his practice on insurance coverage matters for policyholder clients and entertainment industry issues. He has been lead counsel in matters throughout California and in Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, South Carolina, Texas, and Vermont, as well as in London, 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 handled matters regarding insurance coverage for asbestos liabilities; advertising liabilities; business interruption and extra expense claims; class action settlements; 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; mortgage insurance; products liability; retrospective premium and self-insured retention disputes; and warranty and representation claims.
He 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 policies, liability policies, and property policies. Kirk also represents clients in substantial claims against insurance brokers.
In addition to his insurance coverage 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. He also has served as an arbitrator and as an expert witness on insurance and ethical issues.
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 for the firm featuring some of those artists. A former music critic and personal manager, Kirk has represented his clients in negotiating a wide range of contracts and in litigation.
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 Trial Lawyers Section. He also is a member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS).
Kirk is a member and on the board of directors for The Alliance for Children's Rights and has served as a volunteer attorney in the adoptions of foster children since 1997. He also has been involved in numerous other professional and community organizations, including: 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, the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame Committee (2010-2012); and chair, board of directors, The Woody Herman Foundation (1988-1992).
Kirk is the author of more than 400 articles and columns. He has written insurance and entertainment law columns for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the San Francisco Daily Journal for 25 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)
- Contributing author, Los Angeles Disaster Assistance Manual (1992);
- Co-author, New Appleman Sports and Entertainment Insurance Law & Practice Guide (LexisNexis, 2010- ); and
- 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 75 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, the 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.
Honors and Recognitions
- Named by Super Lawyers as one of Southern California’s top 10 lawyers (2012- );
- Named by Variety as one of the top 50 entertainment attorneys in its Legal Impact Report based on his insurance coverage work in the entertainment industry (2012);
- Named by Best Lawyers as the 2011 Los Angeles Insurance Lawyer of the Year;
- Named as a California “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation and ranked in its National Tier 1 level (2009- );
- Named as one of Los Angeles’ Top 10 Litigators by the Los Angeles Business Journal in its “Who’s Who in L.A. Law” (2009);
- Named as “the market leader for policyholder representation in California” and “the policyholder attorney most likely to come up with a new argument or perspective concerning policy language” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; awarded “Band 1” (highest) rating for insurance in California (2003- ) and named as one of 12 policyholder lawyers to be awarded the “Band 1” national rating (2007- );
- Named in The Legal 500 United States (2009- ) in insurance as an “all-star lawyer” and “an unmistakable feature of California’s insurance landscape”;
- Named in Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2008- ); and
- Named in International Who’s Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers (2007- );
- Named in Who’s Who Legal: California (2007- ) (recognized in “Insurance and Reinsurance”);
- Named in “Best in Class” in Best in the U.S. (2006- );
- Named in The Best Lawyers in America (2006- ) in the area of Insurance Law;
- Named by Lawdragon as one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” (2005- ), and one of the “500 Leading Litigators in America,” and called “the West Coast punch of the nation’s leading insurance-coverage practice”;
- Named in Southern California Super Lawyers and as one of the Top 100 Southern California lawyers (2004- ) and Top 10 Southern California Lawyers (2012- );
- Listed in Who’s Who in America (1998- );
- Profiled in The Alliance for Children’s Rights Annual Report for volunteer work on behalf of foster children (1997);
- Named to Law & Accounting “Who’s Who” as one of the top litigation attorneys in the country, Los Angeles Business Journal (1996);
- Named one of the nation’s top 45 lawyers under the age of 45, American Lawyer (1995);
- Named annually as one of California’s top “rainmakers,” California Law Business and Daily Journal (1994 - );
- Named one of California’s top 25 lawyers under the age of 40, California Law Business (1993);
- Named a member of the “Legal Dream Team” as one of California’s Top 25 litigators, Los Angeles Daily Journal (1992);
- Profiled in The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (1990);
- Named a national “up and coming” lawyer, American Lawyer (1990); and
- Profiled in The National Law Journal (1988).
OUTSIDE THE FIRM
In addition to his work representing policyholders, Kirk is the owner of the famed Mystery Bookstore, one of the oldest independent bookstores in Los Angeles. He has three grown children, and is an avid rock 'n' roll fan and music collector. Kirk is one of the firm's fastest runners and an inexhaustible marathoner.