Jeff Burt

Jeff Burt’s practice focuses on representing excess and surplus lines insurers in complex coverage disputes.  He has extensive experience representing insurers in Declaratory Relief, Contribution and Bad Faith actions.  He has also handled numerous environmental, professional liability and construction defect coverage claims.  In addition to his extensive insurance coverage experience, Mr. Burt has experience in prosecuting reinsurance recovery claims, representing reinsureds in both private arbitrations and trial courts. Mr. Burt was involved in all phases of the landmark California insurance coverage decision Montrose Chemical Corp. v. Admiral Insurance Company (1995) 10 Cal.4th 645, which determined the trigger of coverage for continuous losses under Commercial General Liability policies. He has been a lecturer at the California Environmental Trial Academy on the topic of trigger of coverage issues.

Bar Admission:

California, 1986 ( License No. 125033)


1981:   B.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

1986:   J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law

Professional Work Experience:

1987- 2005: Wilson, Kenna & Borys, Los Angeles, California

2005- 2018: Gilbert Kelly Crowley & Jennett (Freeman Mathis & Gary) Los Angeles, California

Published Decisions:

Montrose Chemical Corp. v. Admiral Insurance Co., 10 Cal.4th 645 (California Supreme Court 1995)

Montrose Chemical Corp. v. Superior Court, 6 Cal.4th 287 (California Supreme Court 1993)

Zurich Ins. Co. v. Transamerica Ins. Co., 909 P.2d 1297, 34 Cal.Rptr.2d 913 (California Court of Appeal 1994)


Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)

Los Angeles County Bar Association

American Bar Association