Dana B. Denno

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Dana B. Denno


Ms. Denno began her legal practice with McCormick Barstow in 2003.  Ms. Denno has handled a wide array of insurance related litigation, including defense of insureds, appraisals, declaratory relief actions, and extra contractual bad faith suits. Ms. Denno currently serves as the chair of the Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith practice group.

Ms. Denno has developed a specialty in insurance fraud, both first and third party, including conducting examinations under oath and drafting coverage opinions addressing issues related to arson, cargo loss, burglary, vehicle accidents, theft, and bodily injury fraud.   Ms. Denno also handles specialty litigation defense matters, including auto negligence, trucking defense, premises liability, trade secret misappropriation and other general litigation.  Ms. Denno is admitted to practice law before all California State Courts and U.S. District Courts of California, and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Juris Doctor, 2003
University of California Los Angeles, School of Law
Editor, Women’s Law Review
Lee B. Wenzel Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 2000 (with honors)
University of California, Los Angeles
Honors Collegium, Departmental Honors Programs

Concentrating in Insurance Coverage Litigation and General Insurance Defense with a focus in First Party Property Insurance Claims, Fraud, and Extra Contractual/Bad Faith Litigation.

Ms. Denno is a member of the State Bar of California, Fresno County Bar Association, and Fresno County Women Lawyers Association. Ms. Denno is also a member of Western States Auto Theft Investigtors Association, Central Valley Chapter, the Northern California Fraud Investigators Association, and the California Conference of Arson Investigators.

Honors & Awards

Ms. Denno is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell. She was selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers list in 2017-2023 for her primary practice areas of Insurance and Personal Injury-Defense, and was previously included in the Northern California Rising Star list in 2013. From 2015-2018, Ms. Denno has been honored by the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of California’s Top 40 Lawyers under 40. Ms. Denno also has a ‘Superb’ rating on Avvo.

Community Involvement

Ms. Denno is the leader of Girl Scout Troop 3044 in the Girl Scouts of Central California South Council.

Lecturer & Co-Author

“Analyzing a Bodily Injury Claim,” Claims Conference of Northern California          (September 2017).

“Murphy’s Law and the Examination Under Oath – Dealing wiht the Unexpected, Unusual or Downright Weird,” Northern California Fraud Investigators Annual Conference            (April 2017).

“Medicare Secondary Payer Risks,” Oregon Mutual Annual Training (August 2016).

“‘One More Thing’—How to Conduct a Statement that will be the Envy of Inspector Columbo or Agent Gibbs,” Southern California Fraud Investigators Association Conference (November 2015).

“Court Preparation and Litigation from a SIU Perspective,” Annual Anti-Fraud Conference (April 2014).

“Sex, Drugs, & Coverage,” Claims Conference of Northern California (September 2013).

“California Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations,” California Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters (June 2013).

“Documenting Property Claim Files in California: Best Practices and Pitfalls,” Claims Conference of Northern California (September 2007).

“Changing Rules for Calculating Actual Cash Value: Turning a Money Pit Into a Gilded Castle,” Claims Conference of Northern California (September 2006).

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