Recognized for Excellence in Representing People Denied Insurance Benefits
Kantor & Kantor partners Glenn Kantor, Lisa Kantor, Alan Kassan and Corinne Chandler have all been named to the 2013 list of Southern California Super Lawyers, selected for their achievements representing people denied disability, long-term care, health or life insurance benefits. The list, compiled by national rating service Super Lawyers which honors lawyers based on peer recognition and professional achievement, appears in the February issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Mr. Kantor worked with California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to help pass Insurance Code section 10110.6, a law that bans “discretionary clauses” in insurance contracts and prevents disability insurance companies from inserting language into polices that gives them discretion to deny claims. He won the first ever decision against AT&T’s benefits plan when a court ruled AT&T took advantage of its policyholder and wrongfully denied long-term disability benefits. A few weeks later another decision relied on arguments and rulings he made and won on behalf of other clients. The Los Angeles Daily Journal named him a Top Employment Lawyer for 2012.
Ms. Kantor focuses her efforts litigating insurance company denials of coverage for treatment of eating disorders and other mental health conditions. In August, after Blue Shield’s repeated attempts for rehearing, she won a Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that insurers must pay for all medically necessary treatment for people with mental illnesses listed in California’s Mental Health Parity Statute. Since then, a number of other courts have cited that precedent in ruling on behalf of policyholders. She received the Los Angeles Daily Journal “Top Women Lawyers” award in 2009 and 2012; the San Francisco Recorder “Lawyer of the Year” award in 2012; the California Women Lawyers 2010-11 “Women of Distinction” award; and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation 2012 “Special Recognition” award.
Mr. Kassan has handled hundreds of cases representing plaintiffs in actions to recover damages against insurance companies and other defendants. Most of those cases have involved claims for benefits under disability, long-term care, health, and life insurance policies under both the Federal law of ERISA and California Bad Faith law. Most recently, he convinced a court to overturn Unum Life Insurance Co.’s denial of disability benefits to a young woman suffering from Fibromyalgia, and Avascular Necrosis due to treatment for leukemia. He is also working with partner Corinne Chandler on the settlement of a large long term care insurance class action. Mr. Kassan is a member of the Board of Trustees for the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.
Ms. Chandler has litigated close to 500 disputes and regularly obtains trial and appellate decisions overturning insurance company coverage denials and recovering benefits for policyholders. She is currently working on settlement of a long-term care class action, which will benefit thousands of long-term care policyholders and ensure they will obtain the benefits to which they are entitled while residing in assisted living facilities.
If you have been denied life, health, disability or long-term care insurance benefits, Kantor & Kantor lawyers can help. Call us at (800) 446-7529.