Allan Kanner

Allan Kanner

Trial Lawyer

Kanner & Whiteley, LLC

701 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Key Facts

J.D., Harvard Law School
Graduate Study, Philosophy, Harvard University
B.A., Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
Legal and Professional Associations
Board of Governors, American Association for Justice (AAJ), 2008-2011
Chair, Environmental Litigation Trial Practice Sub-Committee, American Bar Association (ABA), 2006-Present
Member, TIPS-ABA Disaster Preparedness and Response Task Force Committee, 2011
Board of Directors, First Bank & Trust, 2006-2012
Member, Ad Hoc Supreme Court Committee To Study Perceptions of The Legal System, 2009-2011
President, Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ), 2008-2009
Founding Trustee, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Foundation Board, 2002-2009
Member, Sedona Conference Steering Committee on Mass Torts and Punitive Damages, 2006-2008
Chair, Sedona Conference Advisory Board, 2007
Member, Property Insurance Task Force, Louisiana Legislature, 2006-2007
Founder and Chair of Insurance Law Section, LAJ, 2005-2007
2020 Finalist and Winner, Elite Trial Lawyers, National Law Journal (Environmental Protection Law Firm of the Year)
2020 Finalist, Elite Trial Lawyers, National Law Journal (Consumer Protection)
2020 Finalist, Elite Trial Lawyers, National Law Journal (Pharmaceutical Litigation)
2020 Finalist, Elite Trial Lawyers, National Law Journal (Immigration Law)
2019 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America
2018 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America
2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America
Lawyer Limelight: Allan Kanner, Lawdragon, October 1, 2017
2016 Finalist, Elite Trial Lawyers, National Law Journal (Pharmaceuticals)
2016 Top Rated Litigator, The American Lawyer
2015 Finalist, Elite Trial Lawyers, National Law Journal (Environmental)
Distinguished Practitioner Lecturers, Mississippi College School of Law, 2015
Profiled as “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar”, Law360, Oct. 15, 2014
First Tier Environmental Law, Chambers and Partners: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2009-Present
Leadership In Law, City Business, 2014
American Law Institute, 2012-present
Distinguished Service Award, American Association for Justice, 2010
Louisiana Super Lawyer, 2007-Present
President’s Award, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2006
“AV” Martindale Hubble rating since 1981


Allan Kanner is the founding member of Kanner & Whiteley, LLC, a national firm handling first-party insurance, natural resource damages, environmental, toxic torts, whistleblower, trials and complex business litigation. Because of his standing in the field of first party insurance lawyers, Mr. Kanner was asked to serve, and currently serves, as Co-Chair of the American Association of Justice’s Business Interruption Task Force. 

Mr. Kanner is highly regarded nationally as a trial lawyer and legal strategist. Mr. Kanner is a Law Dragon 500, a Leading Lawyer in America, and a Chambers & Partners’ First Tier lawyer. The firm has been honored a National Law Journal Finalist, 2020 Elite Trial Lawyers for its Consumer Protection (including first party insurance) and Environmental Protection practices. In 2014, Law360 recognized Mr. Kanner as a “Titan of the Plaintiffs’ Bar” (2014).

Starting with the Three Mile Island disaster, and continuing through Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, Superstorm Sandy, and the COVID-19 disaster. Mr. Kanner has fought for clients to recover insurance proceeds from, including business interruption and extra expense. His litigation practice involves many successful claims for recovery of insurance proceeds, bad faith denial of claims, improper rate increases and other policy disputes against virtually all major carriers. He has taught and written on insurance coverage and testified on insurance before the United States Congress and numerous state legislatures. Mr. Kanner has successfully handled property insurance, business interruption, pollution coverage, builder’s risk, homeowner insurance, CGL insurance, crop insurance and long-term care insurance cases among others. 

Kanner & Whiteley currently represents a number of major universities in connection with their claims for loss or damages resulting from state emergency orders designed to mitigate the imminent risk of harm to people and property posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In prior disasters, the firm has successfully represented public and private schools, dealing with issues of coverage as well as the intersection of insurance and government grant programs and FEMA. The firm is also currently representing numerous businesses nationally, including Florida firms, and has already begun recovering monies in some cases to resolve all or part of these claims. 

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