Beth A. Kahn

Morris Polich & Purdy LLP
Los Angeles, San Francisco
Direct:213.417.5131; 415.984.8516

Practice & Industry Focus Biographies:

Beth Kahn’s practice encompasses the areas of employment law and insurance coverage. She has extensive experience in both federal and state courts, as well as before governmental agencies. Beth represents private and public entities, as well as non-profit and religious organizations in virtually all areas of employment law including litigation and proactive counseling. Her experience includes handling litigation and claims of wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, negligent hiring and supervision, and violations of constitutional rights and civil rights. Her expertise extends to counseling and defending entities and organizations in matters arising out of alleged sexual misconduct by its volunteers, members or employees. Beth counsels employers regarding human resource decisions, personnel policies, employment handbooks, hirings, layoffs, terminations and other disciplinary actions.

Beth advises insurers concerning their insurance coverage obligations. She has handled numerous insurance coverage matters including environmental, marine, employment practices liability and construction defect claims. Beth has represented insurance companies in complex, multi-party coverage litigation, including several of the largest environmental coverage actions filed in California. Beth also represents clients in toxic torts and other environmental litigation concerning state and federal cleanup liability. Formerly, Beth served as the firm’s Insurance Practice Group Leader for over eight years.

In addition, Beth has handled civil rights matters on behalf of public entities, law enforcement officers and social workers. She was lead counsel in two landmark decisions, Alicia T. v. County of Los Angeles (1990) 222 Cal.App.3d 869, 271 Cal.Rptr. 513 (absolute immunity under Title 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for county social workers in connection with their investigation of child abuse and instigation of dependency proceedings) and Elene H. v. County of Los Angeles (1990) 220 Cal.App.3d 1445, 269 Cal.Rptr. 783 (Court of Appeal affirms summary judgment for sheriff’s deputies in child abuse case brought by parents to whom child was subsequently returned).

Practices & Industries:  Employment Law | Federal Civil Rights & Government Liability | Insurance - Coverage Litigation (1st & 3rd Party)  |  Insurance - Specialty Coverages  |  Aviation & Marine Law 


  • J.D., Arizona State University, College of Law
  • A.B., Occidental College, with honors

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1988
  • District of Columbia, 1990

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Defense Research Institute, Employment and Insurance Sections
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Sections


  • Practice Group Leader for Employment Law, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP
  • Practice Group Leader for Civil Rights & Government Liability, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated - Martindale-Hubbell
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™

Speeches, Publications and Email Alerts

  • Co-Author, "Small errors can lead to big employer payouts," California Employment Law Letter, March 27, 2017
  • Co-Author, "Vroom! Vroom! New driving laws you should know about," California Employment Law Letter, February 27, 2017
  • Co-Author, "San Diego college finds complying with CFRA is a two-way street," California Employment Law Letter, January 30, 2017
  • Presenter, "California Employment Law: Updates & Changes for 2017," MPP Seminar, February 7, 2017
  • Co-Author, "2017 update: California Legislature enacts employment laws for private, public sector," California Employment Law Letter, November 21, 2016
  • Co-Author, "New round of legislation: Governor signs laws protecting workers' rights", California Employment Law Letter, October 24, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Class dismissed! Arbitration agreement allows dismissal of class action", California Employment Law Letter, September 19, 2016
  • Co-Author, "For whom the statute equitably tolls: When is it too late for FEHA suit?," California Employment Law Letter, August 22, 2016
  • Co-Author, "California court decision shows one-sidedness of recovering attorneys' fees," California Employment Law Letter, July 25, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Court of appeal reminds CA employers to follow their own policies," California Employment Law Letter, June 27, 2016
  • Co-Author, "California Labor Code takes a backseat to federal law," California Employment Law Letter, May 23, 2016
  • Co-Author, "California Supreme Court enforces employment arbitration agreement," California Employment Law Letter, April 25, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Rules are rules—technicality saves two business owners from attorneys’ fees under PAGA," California Employment Law Letter, March 28, 2016
  • Co-Author, "California court rejects employee's pregnancy discrimination lawsuit," California Employment Law Letter, February 22, 2016
  • Presenter, "California Employment Law: Updates & Changes for 2016," MPP Seminar, January 26, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Is your employee social media policy enforceable?", California Employment Law Letter, January 25, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Arbitration agreement may not be enforceable under federal, California law", California Employment Law Letter, November 23, 2015
  • Co-Author, "Court allows firing of police officer on relieved-of-duty status," California Employment Law Letter, October 26, 2015
  • Co-Author, "Court of appeal SLAPPs down professor’s discrimination lawsuit," California Employment Law Letter, September 21, 2015
  • Co-Author, "California Supreme Court says 'yes' to arbitration clause," California Employment Law Letter, August 24, 2015
  • Co-Author, "Wage-loss judgments—California court says tax 'em", California Employment Law Letter, July 27, 2015
  • Author, "Recent disability creates question over reason for firing", California Employment Law Letter, June 22, 2015
  • "California Employment Law: Updates & Changes for 2014," Presenter, MPP Seminar, Los Angeles, February 4, 2014 
  • "Required Employer Notice Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)," Email Alert, September 10, 2013
  • "California Employment Law: Updates & Changes for 2013," Presenter, MPP Seminar, Los Angeles, February 20, 2013 
  • "Sexual Misconduct & Harassment: Preventing & Mitigating Legal Issues," conference for educational institutions co-sponsored by WRM America and Morris Polich & Purdy LLP, San Francisco, April 24, 2012 (this conference was covered by the San Francisco Chronicle on April 26, 2012 and by the Daily Journal on April 27, 2012)
  • "California & Nevada Employment Law: Updates & Changes for 2012," Western Regional Canon Law Convention and Eighth Annual Archdiocese of Los Angeles Spirit and Law Convention, March 4, 2012
  • "Sexual Harassment & Sexual Assault: Legal Perspective - Civil," Sexual Harassment & Sexual Assault in Educational Institutions conference co-sponsored by WRM America and Morris Polich & Purdy LLP, Loyola Marymount University, November 16, 2011 
  • Interviewed by Colleen Williams on NBC Nonstop News LA on the topic of sexual harassment and sexual assault in educational institutions, November 9, 2011 (click HERE to view the video)
  • Insurability Concerns in the EPLI Context – Punitive Damages, Intentional Acts and the Insurance Market's Response to Coverage, ABA Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, March 4, 2011
  • Employment Practices Liability Coverage – Updates and Strategies in Addressing Employment-Based Claims, ABA Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Committee CLE Seminar, March 5, 2010
  • Be Proactive and Not Reactive in Protecting Your Legal Rights, California Association for Adult Day Services Winter Meeting, March 3, 2010
  • The Insurer’s Duty to Advise the Insured of the Right to Select Independent Counsel, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section CLE Seminar, February 26, 2010
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Seminar
  • The Application and Interpretation of Pollution Exclusions in a Construction Litigation Context: Current Trends and Recent Developments
  • Served as a faculty member for the Defense Research Institute
  • Ms. Kahn speaks often to employers and associations regarding employment law and insurance coverage issues and has contributed to multiple articles on these subjects.