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Life, Health, Disability and ERISA

Babb, Warren E. Jr.

Babb, Warren E. Jr.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7089
babbw@lanepowell.com
Bowe, Rachel M.

Bowe, Rachel M.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.7024
bower@lanepowell.com
Day, Craig A.

Day, Craig A.

Counsel to the Firm
Seattle
206.654.7819
dayc@lanepowell.com
Denton, Stephania Camp

Denton, Stephania Camp

Shareholder
Seattle/Portland
206.223.7016
dentons@lanepowell.com
Duffy, Barbara J.

Duffy, Barbara J.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7944
duffyb@lanepowell.com
Hamlin, Bruce C.

Hamlin, Bruce C.

Of Counsel
Portland
503.778.2102
hamlinb@lanepowell.com
Howenstine, David W.

Howenstine, David W.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.7035
howenstined@lanepowell.com
Huggler, Hans N.

Huggler, Hans N.

Attorney
Portland/Anchorage
503.778.2179
hugglerh@lanepowell.com
Jamieson, Brewster H.

Jamieson, Brewster H.

Shareholder
Anchorage
907.264.3325
jamiesonb@lanepowell.com
Mayer, Colleen M.

Mayer, Colleen M.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.7022
mayerc@lanepowell.com
Reilly, D. Michael

Reilly, D. Michael

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7051
reillym@lanepowell.com
Sands, Darin M.

Sands, Darin M.

Shareholder
Seattle/Portland
503.778.2117
sandsd@lanepowell.com
Schoeggl, David M.

Schoeggl, David M.

Shareholder
Seattle/Portland
206.223.7383
schoeggld@lanepowell.com
Sheffield, Jennifer K.

Sheffield, Jennifer K.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.6114
sheffieldj@lanepowell.com
Sondag, Thomas W.

Sondag, Thomas W.

Vice President
Portland
503.778.2111
sondagt@lanepowell.com
Stephenson-Kuhn, Leigh D.

Stephenson-Kuhn, Leigh D.

Of Counsel
Portland
503.778.2110
stephensonl@lanepowell.com
Swale, Sarah

Swale, Sarah

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7946
swales@lanepowell.com
Tran-Caffee, Cozette

Tran-Caffee, Cozette

Attorney
Portland
503.778.2108
trancaffeec@lanepowell.com
Weiner, William E.

Weiner, William E.

Attorney
Portland
503.778.2168
weinerw@lanepowell.com
Wilson, Erin M.

Wilson, Erin M.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.7432
wilsonem@lanepowell.com

There are many nuances to ERISA laws and regulations, and life, health and disability employee benefits.  Lane Powell has you covered.  Whether you need to develop an ERISA plan, amend an existing one, or if you face litigation involving plan terms, decisions or benefits, Lane Powell’s breadth of experience, collaborative approach and extensive resources enables us to do so consistently, efficiently and effectively. Our team of attorneys is at the forefront of ERISA law developments, including a Best Lawyers designated “2012 and 2015 ERISA Litigation Lawyer of the Year.” In 2013-2014 U.S. News and Best Lawyers annual “Best Law Firms” survey ranked us for our national level practice in ERISA litigation and employee benefits law. We keep clients updated with our Life, Health, Disability and ERISA law blog:  BOOM: The ERISA blog.

We know that life, health and disability insurers face challenging and complex issues.  Lane Powell has more than 40 years of related experience teaming with large and small companies with plan development, administration and litigation.  We represent the insurance industry and self-funded plans and work with plans, insurers, employers, fiduciaries and third-party administrators, underwriters, claims personnel, insurance agents and contract drafters.  This experience, developing the plan, and years of experience litigating these issues provides us a unique understanding of our clients’ legal challenges and a strong working knowledge of their respective businesses.

Lane Powell’s Life, Health, Disability and ERISA practice provides the outstanding resources expected of a large law firm, with the individualized service of a smaller local or regional firm.

We know you want cost-effective solutions to complex cases.  We proactively approach cases for early resolution through early case assessments and risk analysis.  We have broad and diverse experience representing clients in all phases of litigation.  When early resolution is not possible, our extensive experience enables us to efficiently handle your case in litigation.

  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • First-party bad faith claims
  • Agent misconduct and compensation disputes
  • Trademark infringement
  • 419 welfare benefit plans
  • 412i defined benefit plans
  • Employment issues
  • All facets of claims under ERISA
  • ERISA penalty claims under 29 U.S.C. § 1132(c)(1)
  • Stranger-owned/investor-owned life insurance (STOLI/IOLI)
  • Stop loss
  • Health provider pricing

We have defended cases involving wrongful termination of disability benefits, wrongful denial of accidental death and dismemberment benefits, claims for denial of severance and pension benefits, fraud and life insurance rescission and claims issues, wrongful discharge under ERISA, eligibility for ERISA medical benefits and medical provider insurance fraud.  We also advise ERISA fiduciary matters and assist clients to address preemption, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and misrepresentation, reporting and disclosure, and potential financial exposure issues.  Lane Powell has you covered.

Life, Health, Disability and ERISA

Babb, Warren E. Jr.

Babb, Warren E. Jr.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7089
babbw@lanepowell.com
Bowe, Rachel M.

Bowe, Rachel M.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.7024
bower@lanepowell.com
Day, Craig A.

Day, Craig A.

Counsel to the Firm
Seattle
206.654.7819
dayc@lanepowell.com
Denton, Stephania Camp

Denton, Stephania Camp

Shareholder
Seattle/Portland
206.223.7016
dentons@lanepowell.com
Duffy, Barbara J.

Duffy, Barbara J.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7944
duffyb@lanepowell.com
Hamlin, Bruce C.

Hamlin, Bruce C.

Of Counsel
Portland
503.778.2102
hamlinb@lanepowell.com
Howenstine, David W.

Howenstine, David W.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.7035
howenstined@lanepowell.com
Huggler, Hans N.

Huggler, Hans N.

Attorney
Portland/Anchorage
503.778.2179
hugglerh@lanepowell.com
Jamieson, Brewster H.

Jamieson, Brewster H.

Shareholder
Anchorage
907.264.3325
jamiesonb@lanepowell.com
Mayer, Colleen M.

Mayer, Colleen M.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.7022
mayerc@lanepowell.com
Reilly, D. Michael

Reilly, D. Michael

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7051
reillym@lanepowell.com
Sands, Darin M.

Sands, Darin M.

Shareholder
Seattle/Portland
503.778.2117
sandsd@lanepowell.com
Schoeggl, David M.

Schoeggl, David M.

Shareholder
Seattle/Portland
206.223.7383
schoeggld@lanepowell.com
Sheffield, Jennifer K.

Sheffield, Jennifer K.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.6114
sheffieldj@lanepowell.com
Sondag, Thomas W.

Sondag, Thomas W.

Vice President
Portland
503.778.2111
sondagt@lanepowell.com
Stephenson-Kuhn, Leigh D.

Stephenson-Kuhn, Leigh D.

Of Counsel
Portland
503.778.2110
stephensonl@lanepowell.com
Swale, Sarah

Swale, Sarah

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7946
swales@lanepowell.com
Tran-Caffee, Cozette

Tran-Caffee, Cozette

Attorney
Portland
503.778.2108
trancaffeec@lanepowell.com
Weiner, William E.

Weiner, William E.

Attorney
Portland
503.778.2168
weinerw@lanepowell.com
Wilson, Erin M.

Wilson, Erin M.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.7432
wilsonem@lanepowell.com

Life, Health, Disability and ERISA

Representative Cases

Many of the cases Lane Powell has litigated have been published in federal and state reporters. A representative sampling of some of the ERISA cases handled by Lane Powell include:

  • Defeating ERISA class action by contingent workers for a national petroleum company;
  • Defeating allegations of the plan discriminated against plan participants regarding mental health care benefits;
  • Defeating a class action by plan participants for certain disability benefits; and
  • Multiple trials involving issues of breach of fiduciary duty and other ERISA-related claims.

Representative clients include Nordstrom, Home Depot, UnumProvident, Met Life, Cigna, LINA, Mutual of Omaha and many Fortune 150 companies.

Life, Health, Disability and ERISA

Date
08.17.2016
11.02.2015
08.24.2015
08.17.2015
11.04.2014
08.18.2014
07.09.2014
08.15.2013
06.28.2013
11.01.2012
08.28.2012
10.11.2011
09.01.2011
07.11.2011
11.11.2010
11.12.2009
11.07.2008
11.15.2007
11.14.2007
02.28.2005

Life, Health, Disability and ERISA

Date
02.27.2013
09.01.2005