Adrienne C. Publicover: Lawyer with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Adrienne C. Publicover


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Practice Areas

  • Employment & Labor
  • United Kingdom
  • Life, Health, Disability & ERISA
Contact InfoTelephone: 415.625.9270
Fax: 415.434.1370
University University of California, Berkeley, B.S., 1989
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D., 1992
Admitted1992, California

Adrienne Publicover joined Wilson Elser to build the firm's Life, Health, Disability and ERISA practice, an area she has focused on throughout her 20-year career. She serves as chair of this practice group, which has grown to include more than 60 attorneys across the firm. She also is a member of Wilson Elser's Executive Committee.

As issues concerning life, health, disability and ERISA have continued to evolve, and the products and players in the industry have become more sophisticated, Adrienne has continually adapted her practice to meet client needs. She is passionate about her clients, cases and team and committed to meeting the challenges presented by the constantly changing dynamic within the life, health and disability industry. She brings an equal level of passion and commitment to her many management roles at the firm.

Areas of Focus

Life, Health, Disability and ERISA

Adrienne represents life, health and disability insurers in litigation matters throughout California in both state and federal courts. She consults with and represents insurers in matters involving bad faith and punitive damages, ERISA, class actions, agent misconduct, employment matters, and other insurance claims and coverage issues. She has extensive motion, mediation, arbitration, pre-trial and trial experience in state and federal courts throughout California and the Ninth Circuit. She also provides training to national insurance clients regarding California's Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations and other matters affecting life, health and disability insurers.

Professional Activities

A regular lecturer on life, health and disability insurance topics, Adrienne has been a featured speaker at various industry events. She is a member of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel, the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, and the Life, Health, Disability & ERISA Committee of the Defense Research Institute. She previously served as a vice chair for the ABA/TIPS Health and Disability Insurance Committee and was editor of the Committee's newsletter. She currently is active in the ABA/TIPS Life Insurance Committee.

Representative Matters

Casey v. Old Line Life, 996 F.Supp. 939 (N.D. Cal. 1998)

Luciano v. American General, 2006 US Dist. LEXIS 12615

Mackey v. American General, 2008 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 2079

Ross v. Prudential, 2008 US App. LEXIS 26742

American General v. Green, 2008 US Dist. LEXIS 39985

Gallagher v. Life Ins. Co. of North Am., 07-05224 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 18, 2008)

Taniguchi v. Prudential, 2009 US Dist. LEXIS 28626

Johnson v. Life Ins. Co. of North Am., 08-01231-JVS (C.D. Cal. Oct. 21, 2009)

Muniz v. Amex Constr. Mgmt., 2010 US App. LEXIS 22112

Ponchak v. I.P.S. Enters., 2010 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 1014

Ermovick v. Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, 2012 US App. LEXIS 5537

Munn v. Hertz LTD Plan, 2012 US App. LEXIS 8115

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section

ABA/TIPS: Life Insurance Committee; former vice chair, Health and Disability Insurance Committee

Association of Life Insurance Counsel

Defense Research Institute, Life, Health, Disability & ERISA Committee


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“Savings Clause” Still Threatens ERISA Plan Limitations
Laura E. Fannon,Adrienne C. Publicover, November 4, 2013
In Kentucky Association of Health Plans v. Miller, 538 U.S. 329 (2003), the United States Supreme Court restructured the ERISA preemption analysis and reaffirmed the holding in Unum Life Ins. Co. v. Ward, 526 U.S. 358 (1999), that California’s notice-prejudice rule was saved from preemption....
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Adrienne C. Publicover

525 Market Street, 17th Floor
San FranciscoCA 94105-2725


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