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Kendall W. Harrison

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Kendall Harrison is a commercial litigator who regularly handles insurance, reinsurance and class action matters. In recent years, his practice has taken him from California to New York and many points in-between. Whether in court or before an arbitration panel, Kendall strives to zealously represent his clients while recognizing that scorched-earth litigation is not necessarily the best solution to a dispute.

Kendall has tackled numerous reinsurance arbitrations and his insurance-related class action practice has ranged from defending against massive suits involving virtually the entire American insurance industry to cases brought against a single insurer. In the employment arena, Kendall has handled many wage and hour class actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, representing clients in the Fortune 50 as well as those with only 50-some employees.

Over the years, Kendall has also had the opportunity to address a variety of other matters in both trial and appellate courts, including breach of contract claims, intellectual property cases, and much more. Kendall also has significant experience with complicated estate disputes, including challenges to a decedent’s will.

Though often fighting battles outside the Badger state, Kendall regularly appears in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, where he began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara B. Crabb.

Prior to joining Godfrey & Kahn, Kendall spent a year serving as counsel to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau, a small island nation in Micronesia. While there, Kendall also coached the Palauan national tennis team in the Micronesian Games (Micronesia’s Olympics).

Kendall helped to initiate the firm’s pro bono policy and serves as the firm’s pro bono coordinator in the Madison office. He actively participates in the Dane County Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee and is the past president of the Friends of the Waisman Center, where he remains on the Board.

Kendall has been recognized repeatedly in The Best Lawyers in America and as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer. He is actively involved in the International Association of Defense Counsel and is the former chair of that organization’s Appellate Practice committee.

Kendall received his B.A. from Duke University in 1991. He is a 1995 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he served as the Senior Articles Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review and was a member of Order of the Coif.

Admitted To Practice

Wisconsin - 1996

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
United States Supreme Court

Professional Associations

International Association of Defense Counsel
State Bar of Wisconsin


James E. Doyle Inns of Court

Dane County Bar Association - Delivery of Legal Services Committee

Friends of the Waisman Center - Member, Board of Directors

United Way - Partners for Change - Steering Committee Member


Listed in Best Lawyers (Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Trust & Estates, 2011 - present; Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, 2015)

Recognized as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer (2009 - present)

Recognized as a Wisconsin Rising Star (2006 - 2008)

News & Publications

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Blog Posts

Wisconsin Supreme Court decides who makes the final call on questions of arbitrabilityJanuary 02, 2019Insurable Interests | Insurance Industry Developments | Blog
Transgender UW-Madison employees win insurance coverage fightOctober 24, 2018Insurable Interests | Discrimination and Harassment | Blog
Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds $750,000 cap on noneconomic damage in medical malpractice casesJune 28, 2018Insurable Interests | Insurance Industry Developments | Blog
Notice to your UIM carrier four years after the accident? No problemApril 16, 2018Insurable Interests | Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UM/UIM) | Blog
Executive, shareholder or both: the consequences for D&O coverageMarch 19, 2018Insurable Interests | Directors & Officers Coverage (D&O) | Duty to Defend | Blog
How to anger a Federal Court of Appeals and ruin your day: a primerFebruary 19, 2018Insurable Interests | Life Insurance | Blog
A lifeline for the National Flood Insurance ProgramOctober 25, 2017Insurable Interests | Insurance Industry Developments | Legislation | Blog
Blockchain unchained: one lawyer’s quest to figure out what the hell everyone is talking aboutSeptember 07, 2017Insurable Interests | Insurance Industry Developments | Blog
Another appellate court weighs in on class action waiversJuly 25, 2017Insurable Interests | Agents | Class Actions | Labor | Blog
U.S. Chamber seeks new federal rule requiring disclosure of third-party litigation funding arrangementsJune 06, 2017Insurable Interests | Insurance Industry Developments | Blog
OnRamp Insurance Conference 2017April 10, 2017Insurable Interests | Commercial General Liability Coverage (CGL) | Blog
The Ninth Circuit holds that business email scam is not covered under standard crime policyMarch 21, 2017Insurable Interests | Cyber Risks & Coverage | Blog
Business email compromises – covered?February 02, 2017Insurable Interests | Cyber Risks & Coverage | Blog
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Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1995, Order of the Coif

Bachelor of Arts, Duke University, 1991, cum laude

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