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PRACTICE

Practice is devoted exclusively to consumer cases, with an emphasis in class actions against healthcare insurance companies.  Specialization in the California Mental Health Parity Act, the Corporate Medical Practices Act, unlawful premium billing practices, and institutional misconduct by insurance companies.
 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Extensive legal and corporate experience in all aspects of litigation including high exposure multi-state class actions.  Ten years in house at The Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, including five years in Class Action Department.  Served as expert/company witness in role of Assistant Corporate Secretary in deposition and at trial regarding corporate structure, parent/subsidiary/affiliate relationships, and their respective responsibilities. Oversight of regulatory actions including Market Conduct Examinations, Complaints, Premium Surveys, Data Calls and Enforcement Actions.  Acted as Executive Liaison to external regulators and elected officials, and Internal Liaison to Compliance and Government Affairs Departments.    


EDUCATION

J.D. 1984 - Southwestern University School of Law
American Jurisprudence Book Award — Contracts II
Exceptional Achievement Awards — Legal Communication Skills II and Bankruptcy
Finalist Best Brief in 1982 Intramural Moot Court Competition
Dean’s List
National Dean’s List
Who’s Who Among American Law Students

A.B. May 1981 Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Psychology

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND HONORS

Member, The Kennedy Forum, Legal Task Force, 2014 — present

Director, National Alliance for Mental Illness (“NAMI”), Westside Los Angeles, 2014 — 2016

Chair, Governance Committee, National Alliance for Mental Illness (“NAMI”), Westside Los Angeles, 2014 – 2016

Member, Board of Governors, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (“CAALA”), 2013 — present

Vice Chair Government Relations Committee, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (“CAALA”),  2012 — 2014

Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, Finalist for “Street Fighter of the Year,” 2013, “Making an insurer change a policy harmful to the mentally ill”

Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California Women’s Caucus, 2011 Woman Consumer Advocate of the Year, for advocacy of Senate Bill 100 which extended regulatory oversight to private surgery centers

Farmers Insurance Group Compliance Award, September 2009

Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women

National Association of Professional Women