- Disability & ERISA
- Employee Benefits
|Contact Info||Telephone: 415.625.9285|
|University ||University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1986|
|Law School||University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1990|
|Admitted||1990, California; U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit|
Charan Higbee brings to bear her well-honed writing skills to effectively defend disability and life insurance companies in California federal and state court litigation as well as provide representation on appeal.
A significant portion of Charan's practice involves the defense of insurers in bad faith cases arising from individual life policies. In such matters, she analyzes the claim and handles all aspects of the case leading up to trial, with a particular focus on writing summary judgment and other motions. Charan also has an active practice defending insurers in denial of disability benefits claims under ERISA and has co-chaired a number of bench trials in this area. She frequently advises clients on pre-litigation claims handling as well.
Both within and outside of her core areas of practice, Charan frequently is called upon by her colleagues to write compelling motions and appellate briefs on behalf of the firm's clients.
“Overcoming California's Tax Return Privilege When Defending Claims to Disability Benefits” (co-author), DRI Life, Health and Disability News, Spring 2003.
“Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Case Law Update” (with Adrienne Publicover), DRI Life, Health and Disability/ERISA Committee annual meeting, 2011 and 2012.
“Death Don't Have No Mercy: Life Insurance Case Law Update” (co-author), DRI Life, Health, Disability and ERISA claims seminar, April 2004.
“Electronic Discovery: The Legal and Practical Considerations from a Corporate Defense Perspective” (co-author), DRI Life, Health, Disability and ERISA claims seminar, April 2003.
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