On July 18, 2012, the Daily Journal, one of the leading legal news outlets in California, released a special issue containing the Top 75 Labor and Employment Attorneys. Glenn R. Kantor, one of Kantor & Kantor’s founding partners, was among the attorneys to receive the honor of being named to this list. The editors of the Daily Journal referred to this as a “list of top practitioners in California.”
Mr. Kantor was recognized as a litigator specializing in Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) cases; however, his influence does not stop at the courtroom steps. The Daily Journal noted that Mr. Kantor had worked with California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to help draft a law banning discretionary clauses in insurance contracts. That law, passed in 2012, essentially prevents disability insurance companies from inserting language into policies that give them discretion to deny claims.
Mr. Kantor knew the effort to ban discretionary clauses was a significant way to protect the rights of claimants. This was because it leveled the playing field between claimants and the insurance company. Under the new law, Courts no longer give the benefit of any doubt to the insurance company. Rather, claims that are denied and litigated are reviewed on the merits of the claim.
One would think a law that requires insurance claims to be reviewed on the merits of the claim would have no problem being enacted. However, even though the law Mr. Kantor helped draft was passed by the Legislature with bipartisan support, it was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mr. Kantor helped draft a revised version of the bill, which again passed the Legislature with bipartisan support, but this time it was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Mr. Kantor is honored to receive the recognition of the Daily Journal. Yet, according to Mr. Kantor: “Of all the things I’ve done in my career, [helping get this bill passed] is what I am the most proud of.”