Kathleen E. Hegen


  • location icon San Francisco, CA
    333 Bush Street
    Suite 1100
    San Francisco, CA 94104

Kathleen Hegen is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and member of the Insurance Law Practice. Ms. Hegen specializes in insurance law and construction litigation. She practices in all areas of insurance coverage, rendering opinions and engaging in coverage litigation. Her insurance practice has a particular emphasis on complex disputes such as construction, environmental claims, professional liability, and directors and officers liability.

Her construction litigation practice includes defense of contractors and professionals and construction insurance coverage litigation. Both her construction defect defense and coverage practices involve, among other subjects, common interest developments and the laws governing them. Her ability to litigate and advise in construction and construction coverage matters is aided by her early training in architectural studies and drafting.

Ms. Hegen has engaged in an insurance coverage practice for approximately 30 years. During those years in practice, she has also acted as defense counsel in construction defect litigation, insurance agent/broker and other professional liability errors and omissions litigation.


Author of “Issues and Trends in Construction Litigation” in Inside the Minds Series by Aspatore Books, “Negotiating Construction Law Disputes Leading Lawyers on Evaluating Disputes, Assessing Risks and Deciding the Best Course of Action” copyright 2008.


  • Alameda County Bar Association President 2002
  • Alameda County Bar Foundation President 1996

Professional Presentations

Speaker and writer on insurance coverage and related attorney ethics subjects for the American Bar Association, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, and insurance companies


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit



All California Federal District Courts and the Ninth Circuit


Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV)

Awards & Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell™ AV Rated for over 10 years; Top Rated Lawyers Preeminent Lawyer since 2012; currently AV Preeminent Judicial Award rated by Martindale-Hubbell™ Selected as Top Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. 
  • Enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service.


Santa Clara University

Juris Doctor, Dean’s List, 1982

University of California Berkeley

Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences, 1970

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