Jeffrey M. Dennis


Jeff Dennis currently serves as the Firm’s Managing Partner and is located in the Newport Beach office.  Jeff specializes in a variety of litigation arenas, including construction, real estate and business litigation.  He also handles insurance and cybersecurity matters.

As a certified graduate of HarvardX’s Cybersecurity Risk Management program, Jeff also advises his clients on cybersecurity related issues, introducing contractual and insurance opportunities to lessen their risk. With the firm being a founding partner of UCI’s Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute, Jeff is an active participant in presenting legal insight and developments.  Jeff is an experienced speaker, having presented many times on cybersecurity issues for builders and other companies.

As part of his litigation practice, Jeff has represented several Fortune 500 companies in various areas including complex litigation, construction claims, and insurance disputes. He has tried multiple cases to verdict, and has negotiated settlements for his clients, which have a cumulative value in excess of $50 million.

He has represented developers and businesses in all aspects of complex litigation matters and handles the insurance coverage issues that arise out of construction claims.  Jeff also has experience in business litigation matters involving lease disputes, partnership disputes, employment, breach of contract, negligence and premises liability claims.

Jeff believes that community participation is a vital part of his law practice.  As such, he volunteered to serve in the Orange County District Attorney’s selective Trial Advocacy Partnership (TAP) program.  He is a past president of the Occidental College Board of Governors and once led Occidental’s local Alumni Association as its Orange County Regional Chair.  He has also served on the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association’s Orange County Heart Walk.  Under Jeff’s leadership, the firm proudly supports the OC Heart Walk, with over 200 participants joining Team N&D in the 2014 walk. In addition, the firm also hosted a National Eating Healthy Day celebration for executives in Orange County to benefit the AHA.

• Panelist, Associated General Contractors of California Annual Conference – “Technology & Innovation Track: Managing Your Risk in the Cyber World"  October 12, 2017
• Presenter, OC Managing Partner Roundtable – “And the Playing Field is not Level: New Twists in Cybersecurity for Law Firms and Their Clients”  – May 9, 2017
• Co - Presenter, N&D 6th Annual Builder’s Update – “Contracts, Insurance and Cyber Risk” – March 9, 2017
• Co - Presenter, UCI Cybersecurity Institute – “Legal Developments in Cybersecurity” – February 15, 2017
• Panelist, West Coast Casualty – “Top Five Issues Involving WrapPolicies” – May 18, 2012

• Co - Author, "Can Your Small Business Afford to Risk the Imminent Threat of a Cyber Incident?," Newmeyer & Dillion, November 2, 2018.
• Quote Source, "What Construction Attys Need to Know About AI," Law360, October 19, 2018.
• Co - Author, "The Equifax Data Breach: Lessons Learned from a One-Year Look-Back," Newmeyer & Dillion, October 16, 2018.
•  Quote Source, “Implications of Yahoo Data Breach Settlement on Boards," Security Boulevard, March 22, 2018.
• Quote Source, “Board-level Lessons from the Yahoo Shareholder Settlement,” WSJ Pro Cybersecurity, March 15, 2018.
• Quote Source, “Inside Track: NDA Lessons from Stormy Daniels | A Cold One with AB InBev's GC,” – March 14, 2018
• Co - Author, “2018 Cyber Risk Outlook” Construction Executive, December 4, 2017.
• Co - Author, “2018 Cyber Risk Does Your U.S. Company Outlook” Newmeyer & Dillion, November 15, 2017.
• Quote Source, “Legislators Grow Wary of Breach Blame-Game,” The Wall Street Journal - Pro Cybersecurity, November 14, 2017.
• Quote Source, “Marissa Mayer Had One Alarming Takeaway from Yahoo’s Massive Data Breach,” MarketWatch, November 10, 2017.
• Quote Source, “Former Yahoo Chief Executive Mayer Testified Before Congress, Blamed Russia,” SC Magazine, November 9, 2017.
• Quote Source, “Massive Equifax, Yahoo Breaches May Push National Notice,” Bloomberg Law: Privacy & Data Security, November 8, 2017.
• Quote Source, “Reduce Hack Fallout with Foresight,” Business Insurance, November 6, 2017.
• Quote Source, “Four Steps To Take After A Data Breach Happens,” Business Insurance, November 6, 2017.
• Quote Source, “Under GDPR, Data Protection Officers May Help CEOs Stay Employed,” The Wall Street Journal - Pro Cybersecurity, October 2, 2017.
• Co - Author, “Be Proactive Now: Commercial Construction Quickly Joining List of Industry Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks,” Newmeyer & Dillion, June 6, 2017. 
• Co - Author, California Supreme Courts Back Developers,” Newmeyer & Dillion, June 6, 2017.
• Quote Source, A Shift in the Financial Landscape for Law Firms,” Law Practice Today – June 15, 2015

•  University of Southern California School of Law, Honors Moot Court Participant
•  Selected to the Southern California Rising Star list by Super Lawyers, 2005 - 2011
•  Selected to the Southern California Super Lawyer list by Super Lawyers, 2013 – 2018
•  Selected to the The Best Lawyers in America© list by Best Lawyers® 2016– 2018
•  Selected to the OC500 by Orange County Business Journal, 2016

•  University of Southern California School of Law, J.D., 1997 
•  Occidental College, B.A., 1994

•  California, 1997
•  United States District Court, Central District of California
•  United States District Court, Eastern District of California
•  United States District Court, Southern District of California
•  United States District Court, Northern District of California

•  Orange County Bar Association
•  Building Industry Association of Orange County and San Diego County
•  Associated General Contractors of California
•  American Bar Association
•  Association of Business Trial Lawyers