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Kendall W. Harrison

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Kendall Harrison

Kendall Harrison is a trial and appellate litigator who regularly handles a variety of business-related disputes, including insurance, reinsurance and class action matters, among others. His national practice has taken him from California to New York and many points in-between. 

Though often engaged in battles outside the Badger state, Kendall is at home 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. Kendall has appeared in over 100 cases in the Western District and often partners with out-of-state firms to help them navigate the ins and outs of practice in this jurisdiction. Last year, Kendall tried cases before both of the district’s judges, resulting in a $14.5 million jury verdict for his Dutch client in a patent infringement case and a resounding victory for the Minnesota-based beneficiary of a $70 million charitable trust. Currently, Kendall is part of a team of attorneys representing Anheuser-Busch in a false advertising case brought by MillerCoors.

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 current chair of that organization’s Amicus Curiae committee. Along with his wife, he coaches the Madison West High School mock trial team.  

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.

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 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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