Insurance Law; ERISA; Litigation; Lobbying; COBRA; Disability Benefits; Employee Benefit Litigation; ERISA Litigation; Health Benefits; Health Care Legislation; Health Care Reform; Health Insurance; Health Insurance Coverage; Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); Health Law; Managed Care; Disability Insurance; Insurance Contracts; Insurance Coverage; Life and Health Insurance; Life Insurance; Insurance Litigation
1979, New York and U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 1980, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; 1985, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Law School:Yale University, J.D.
New York County Lawyers Association; New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage (Member, Steering Committee; Legislative Counsel).
Recipient: Lambda Legal Defense, Jay C. Lipner Liberty Award, 1992; Community Service Award, Lesbian & Gay Law Association of Greater New York, 1992; Outstanding Service Award, Cancer Care, 1993. The Poz 50 (Most Influential AIDS Policymakers), Poz Magazine, Aug. - Sept. 1994; Certificate of Appreciation, American Bar Association, Commission on Women in the Profession Breast Cancer Initiative, 2002. Author: numerous practice guides and chapters on insurance issues, such as "AIDS Legal Guide," Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc., 1984, 1988; "AIDS and the Law," Yale University Press, 1987; "Sexual Orientation and the Law," Clark Boardman Co., Ltd., 1987, 1991,1992, 1994, 1998; "AIDS Law Today," Yale University Press, 1993; "Life and Disability Insurance," Positive Options, Body Positive of New York, Inc., 1995; "Losing the Insurer of Last Resort: New York Should Rein in Empire," The New York Times, Op-Ed Page, January, 1996; "The Changing Environment, A Report to the HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council of New York," (Co-Authors, Mark Aurigemma, Ruth Finkelstein, David Hansell, Derek Hodel), September 1997; "On Their Own: Individuals Pay the Price of Insurance Market Breakdown," (Co-Authors, Susan Dooha, Brian Cassel, Rhon Reynolds), New York Community Trust, August 1999; "Freedom to Lose: How Oxford Is Compromising the Health of Chronically Ill Patients," (Co-Authors: Glen von Nostitz, Susan Dooha, Frank Salisbury), New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage, November 1999. Member, Technical Advisory Committee, New York State Insurance Department, 1992, 1995-1998; Speaker, Sheldon Silver's New York Health Advisory Board, 1995, 1999; Health Care and Insurance Steering Committee, National Endowment for the Arts, 1996-1997. Steering Committee, Artists Health Insurance Resource Center; Cooperating Attorney, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Inc.; Mentor and Trainer, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Robert B. McKay Community Outreach Law Program, Cancer Advocacy Project, National Multiple Sclerosis Society Insurance Task Force. Member, Advisory Board of Legal Health.
Bronx, New York
Burke v. First UNUM Life Insurance Company of New York, 975 F. Supp. 310 (S.D.N.Y. 1997); Bradley v. Empire Blue Cross & Blue Shield, 562 N.Y.S. 2d 908 (Sup. Ct., N.Y. Co. 1990); Doe v. United Services Life Insurance Co., 123 F.R.D. 437 (S.D.N.Y. 1988); Fay v. Oxford Health Plan, 287 F.3d 96 (2d Cir. 2002); Fortune v. Medical Associates of Woodhull, 803 F. Supp. 636 (E.D.N.Y. 1992); Massachusetts Casualty Ins. Co. v. Morgan, 886 F. Supp. 1002 (E.D.N.Y. 1995); New England Mutual Life Insurance Co. v. Doe, 93 N.Y. 2d 122 (1999); Swensen v. Colonial Life Insurance Co. of America, 1993 WL 378470 (S.D.N.Y. 1993); Whitney v. Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, 920 F. Supp. 477 (S.D.N.Y. 1996); rev'd and remanded 106 F.3d 475 (2d Cir. 1997); Troy v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14965 (S.D.N.Y., Mar. 31. 2006); Noia v. Division 1181 ATU - New York Welfare Fund, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68324 (E.D.N.Y., Sep. 14, 2007); Zurndorfer v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America, 543 F. Supp. 2d 242 (S.D.N.Y., 2008).