About the Attorney



Juris Doctorate, 1981, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Mo. Bachelor of Arts, 1974, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.




I have been in private practice since 1983. Prior to that, I was in-house counsel for an ERISA plan administrator. I have drafted ERISA plan documents, including: comprehensive plan descriptions; summary plan descriptions; administrative services agreements; and claims manuals. I have represented ERISA plans, medical providers and plan participants, handling benefit claims disputes through all levels of administrative review, arbitration, litigation in federal court and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

I have successfully handled hundreds of cases involving insurance and ERISA benefit claims and I have pursued such claims against practically every major insurer and benefit plan in the United States.  





Honors / Recognition: 


Peer Review Rating AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell for more than 15 years:  AV is the highest rating achievable.  An AV Peer Review Rating  shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.  Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary.

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Ranked as one of  "The Inland Empire's Best Lawyers",  Area of Practice: Employee Benefits, Inland Empire Magazine.

Representative Cases: 

Oasis Treatment Center v. Travelers Insurance Co., 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 22740 (9th Cir. 2000)


Sebo v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 22 Fed. Appx. 730 (9th Cir. 2001)

Bohara v. Backus Hospital Medical Benefit Plan, 390 F. Supp. 2d 957 (C.D. Cal. 2005)


Hineman v. Long Term Disability Plan of E*Trade Group, Inc., 279 Fed. Appx. 546 (9th Cir. 2008)


Spencer Recovery Centers v. Eval Company of American Medical Plan, 350 Fed. Appx. 152 (9th Cir. 2009)


Collins v. Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston, 988 F. Supp. 2d 1105  (C.D. Cal. 2013). 



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