Representative Matters

Kendra Basner represents clients in a variety of litigation matters from general civil litigation to complex insurance coverage disputes. Her practice primarily focuses on professional liability with an emphasis on the defense of claims against lawyers. As a specialist in legal malpractice law—as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization—she has "re-litigated" underlying matters in various areas of law, including, but not limited to, disputes involving patents; trademarks; employment; complex contracts; wills and trusts; real estate; divorce; bankruptcy; criminal defense; insurance bad faith, and qui tam. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Basner also advises attorneys on ethical issues and risk management. She further handles risk management hotline counseling for attorney-insureds on behalf of Hinshaw's various insurer clients.

As a former Assistant Attorney General in both the criminal and fraud divisions of the Delaware Attorney General's Office, Ms. Basner has extensive trial experience before the Justice of the Peace, Court of Common Pleas, Superior and Chancery Courts, as well as the State Supreme Court in Delaware.

Ms. Basner is involved in all phases of litigation, from pretrial litigation, including drafting memoranda, correspondence and motions; conducting investigations; all aspects of discovery; and, settlement negotiations, through trial and at the appellate level. She has also handled complex, multi-week arbitrations.

Ms. Basner oversees, manages and contributes to social media accounts for Lawyers for the Profession® and LMRM Conference, including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, drafting and preparing daily alerts concerning recent news and developments in the area of legal malpractice, legal ethics and risk management.

Professional Background

Ms. Basner joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in August 2006. Previously she worked as an Assistant Attorney General with the Delaware Attorney General's Office in Wilmington, Delaware for almost two years, in the Consumer Protection Unit of the Fraud Division, and also the Criminal Division. In addition to her law practice, her accomplishments there included creating the Volunteer Consumer Advocate Program. Ms. Basner also oversaw statewide registration for health spas and telemarketing businesses.

While still in law school, Ms. Basner was a legal clinic student at both the Delaware Civil Clinic with the Delaware Legal Clinic, and Delaware Criminal Clinic in conjunction with the Delaware Attorney General's Office, where she was sworn in under Delaware Rule 56 to handle cases for victims of domestic abuse and juvenile crimes, respectively.

In addition, during the summer of 2002, Ms. Basner clerked with the Attorney General's office. She was also a legal assistant for one year with the Washington, D.C. firm of Spriggs & Hollingsworth from 1999 to 2000.

Prior to her legal career, Ms. Basner was an accomplished lacrosse player. She was captain of the Duke University Women's team for four years, and has maintained her involvement in the sport through coaching and playing on club teams in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, San Francisco and Napa. From 2008 to 2012, she was selected to be a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Ethics Committee.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL)

    • Future of Lawyering Committee, Member
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
    • Legal Ethics Committee, Chair, 2018 & 2019; Vice Chair, 2016 & 2017
  • American Bar Association

    • ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct, Editorial Board Member

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • California State Bar Association
    • Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC), Member, 2017–2020 
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS)
  • National Association of Womens Lawyers (NAWL)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI): The Voice of the Defense Bar

Honors & Awards

  • Named to "Who's Who" by Top Attorneys of North America (2018-2019)
  • Named "Rising Star" of Northern California by San Francisco Magazine (20152018)
  • Selected to the "Northern California Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List" by Super Lawyers Magazine (20152018)
  • Member of the Bar Association of San Francisco's Legal Ethics Committee pictured (third from left) "The Evolution of BASF's Legal Ethics Committee," San Francisco Attorney Magazine, Summer 2013, 16-19
  • Ms. Basner is featured by Susie Schnall in "The Balance Project." A series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews with inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance

Representative Matters

  • Cholakian & Associates v. Superior Court, No. C076759, 2015 WL 1939380 (Cal. Ct. App. Apr. 29, 2015) (certified for publication)


Some of the presentations with which she has been involved include:

  • Co-Presenter, "The Top 10 Ethics Rule Changes That May Affect Your Practice," BASF MCLE, San Francisco, California, November 8, 2018

  • Co-Presenter, "California's New Rules of Professional Conduct: What You Need to Know," Marin County Women Lawyers CLE, Greenbrae, California, October 18, 2018
  • "The Ethics Game: An Interactive Approach to Understanding the Top Ethics Developments This Year," Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers' (APRL) Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, August 3, 2018
  • "Making Ends Meet in the New Economy," Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers' (APRL) Mid-Year Meeting, Vancouver, BC, February 2, 2018

  • "Top 10 Ethical Blunders Made By Attorneys and How to Avoid Them," The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) MCLE, San Francisco, CA, November 15, 2017
  • "The Aging Population of Lawyers: Competency, Impairments, Accommodations and Transitions," MCLE Webinar, The State Bar of California's Labor and Employment Law Section, September 28, 2017
  • "In Lawyers We Trust? Vicarious Liability in the Practice of Law," Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 1, 2017
  • "Technology-Related Ethics and Risk Management Issues for In-House Counsel," ABA Section of Litigation Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar, Orlando, Florida, February 17, 2017
  • "The Ethics Game: An Interactive Approach to Understanding the Top Legal Ethics Developments in California in 2016," 6th Annual January CLE Marathon, Oakland, California, January 11, 2017
  • "Top Tips for Ensuring Cyber Compliance, Mitigating Risk of Breach and Post Breach Obligations," Bolton & Company Legal Risk Management & Compliance for Law Firms Series, Los Angeles, California, October 6, 2016
  • "From Start to Finish – Top Tips for Client Engagements & Disengagements and Managing Risk of Liability to Phantom Clients," Bolton & Company Legal Risk Management & Compliance for Law Firms Series, Los Angeles, California, October 6, 2016
  • "Annual Case Law Update," Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers ("APRL") 2016 Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, August 2016
  • "Health Care Practice Ethical Issues," The Health Law Committee April MCLE Program, webcast, April 2016
  • "Nonclient Claims: Traditional & New Remedies," Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2016
  • "The Lessons of History: Are Civility and Professionalism Ethically Compelled?," West LegalEdcenter live webcast, June 2008
  • "A Perspective: The Origins and Future of the Legal Profession," Sherwin Memel Memorial Presentation: Civility and Professionalism in Practice, California Society for Healthcare Attorneys, April 2008


Ms. Basner has written for Hinshaw's The Professional Line newsletter and also writes and lectures on attorney professional liability and legal ethics. During her tenure as an Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Basner wrote and spoke on a variety of fraud topics. She is the author of the "DE Consumer Fraud Handbook," used by the Delaware Attorney General's Office.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Participates in the San Francisco Bar Association's VIP Mentor Program, which recruits attorneys to mentor parolees as they transition back into the community
  • Coaches young women in the sport of lacrosse

J.D., Widener University School of Law, 2003

  • Member, Intensive Trial Advocacy Team
  • Member, First-Year Orientation Committee
  • Member, Public Interest Law Alliance

B.A., History and Psychology, Duke University, 1999