About the Founder

For over 25 years, Rhonda Harris Buckner has represented both individuals and businesses against the abuses of the insurance industry.  After graduating from Santa Clara University Law School in 1992, Rhonda worked for preeminent insurance consumer law firms, where she obtained extensive insurance bad faith litigation experience.  She handled a variety of insurance bad faith cases involving all type of insurance claims, including:  Homeowners (earthquake, fire, mold and water claims), Liability, Health, Life/Accidental Death and Disability (group and individual policies).    

Since founding the Law Office of Rhonda Harris Buckner in 2002, Rhonda has focused her practice on helping individuals whose insurance companies have denied their claims for disability, life/accidental death and health insurance benefits. Throughout her career, Rhonda has obtained multi-million dollar settlements and judgments on behalf of her clients and on appeal overturned hundreds of denied ERISA claims.

When she is not fighting for her clients, Rhonda enjoys spending time with her husband and chocolate lab, playing tennis, scuba diving and traveling.  


J.D., 1992, Santa Clara Law School

B.A., 1988, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo



  • California State Bar, 1993

  • All California Federal Trial Courts


Sample Verdicts and Settlements

  • $1.5 Million Settlement In Case ID Confidential (Bad Faith Failure To Pay Disability Benefits)

  • $1.2 Million Settlement In Case ID Confidential (Bad Faith Failure To Pay Health Benefits)

  • $840,000 Settlement in Case ID Confidential (Bad Faith Failure To Pay Disability Benefits)

  • $560,000 Jury Verdict In Rolenzo, Inc. v. The Upper Deck Company (Breach of Contract)

  • $500,000 Settlement in Case ID Confidential (Bad Faith Delay in Paying Commercial Fire Loss Benefits)

  • $265,000 Settlement in Barbara Field v. JCC Enterprises, Inc., et al. (Construction Defect/Water Damage/Mold Damage and Personal Injury)

  • $168,000 Jury Verdict in Annette Chendemi-York, et al. v. Bruce Schiffman, M.D. (OB/GYN Medical Malpractice)

  • $5.2 Million Binding Arbitration Award In Case ID Confidential (Northridge Earthquake Litigation)

  • $1.7 Million Jury Verdict In The Irvine Company V. Great American Insurance Company (Bad Faith Failure To Settle/Construction Defect)

Representative Cases

Cerni v. Provident Life & Acc. Ins. Co., (C.D. Cal) 2002 U.S. Dist. Lexis 6053

Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. v. Neil Mann, (C.D. Cal) 2000 U.S. Dist Lexis 15354

Northland Casualty Co. v. Wescal Yachts, 60 F. Supp2d 1027 (C.D. Cal 1999)


Past Employment Positions

Shernoff, Bidart & Darras (associate)

Shernoff & Scott (associate)

The Law Offices of Robert K. Scott (associate)

Schindler Harris (partner)