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Terry L. Kesinger Attorney at Law
Irvine Office
Associate Partner
714-972-1404 fax
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Bar Admissions

  • California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1995


  • Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California (J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1991)
    • Law Review: Member, 1989 and Associate Editor, 1990-1991, Western State University Law Review
  • California State University, Long Beach, California (M.A., 1977)
  • California State University, Long Beach, California (B.M., cum laude, 1976)

Terry L. Kesinger

Terry L. Kesinger is an Associate Partner in the Irvine office of Murchison & Cumming, LLP. Throughout his career, Mr. Kesinger has focused on civil writs, appeals and law and motion, primarily in the areas of legal malpractice defense, medical malpractice defense, employment law and insurance coverage disputes. His work has resulted in numerous published opinions in these fields, addressing issues such as liability of emergency room physicians for negligence of subsequent treating physicians, application of MICRA defenses to physicians' negligent failure to report suspected child abuse, overtime obligations under alternative workweek schedules, and disclosure of other insureds who were denied disability benefits. Mr. Kesinger's law and motion practice covers the full range of civil procedure, from jurisdictional challenges, restraining orders and injunctions, discovery matters, case dispositive motions and post-trial motions. His practice also extends to licensing and disciplinary hearings in administrative matters.

Mr. Kesinger has argued before the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Central District of California as well as the Second and Fourth District Courts of Appeal. In 2006, he served as a state liaison for the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence to the California Court of Appeal, 4th Appellate District.  Mr. Kesinger is "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Orange County Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards in Torts, Contracts, Legal Writing, Trusts and Family Law

Published Works

  • Gourley v. State Farm: The Demise of Reliance on the Advice of Coverage Counsel as a Shield to First Party Bad Faith Insurance Cases, 18 Western State University Law Review 443
  • Fundamentals of Subrogation and Pursuing These Rights Notwithstanding Coverage Disputes, American Bar Association TIPS, August, 1993
  • Court Limits Scope of Disability Claims, Orange County Business Journal, April, 1994
  • "Avoiding The Loss of Subrogation Rights", C&C's Legal Update, Winter, 1995
  • "Shifting the Wheels of Justice into High Gear: Reducing Appellate Delays Through Settlement Conferences", C&C's Legal Update, Fall, 1996
  • "For Whom The Statute Tolls-Applying MICRA Safeguards Where Claims Of Child Abuse Go Unreported", C&C's Legal Update, Fall, 2005
  • "New Reporting Requirements Ahead: New Hospitals to Report Adverse Events to the Department of Health Services", C&C Legal Update, Spring, 2007
  • "Garibay V. Hemmat: The Court Of Appeal Clarifies Summary Judgment Procedure in Medical Malpractice Cases", C&C's Legal Update, Fall, 2008

Representative Published Decisions

  • Singh v. Superior Court, 140 Cal.App.4th 387 (2006)
  • David M. v. Beverly Hospital, 131 Cal.App.4th 1272 (2005)
  • Pollock v. Superior Court, 93 Cal.App.4th 817 (2001)
  • Marina Emergency Medical Group v. Superior Court, 84 Cal.App.4th 435 (2000)