Charan M. Higbee: Lawyer with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Charan M. Higbee

Of Counsel
San Francisco,  CA  U.S.A.

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Life
  • Health
  • Disability & ERISA
  • Employee Benefits
Contact InfoTelephone: 415.625.9285
Fax: 415.434.1370
University University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1986
Law SchoolUniversity of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1990
Admitted1990, 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.


Additional Publications

“Overcoming California's Tax Return Privilege When Defending Claims to Disability Benefits” (co-author), DRI Life, Health and Disability News, Spring 2003.


Additional Events

“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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Charan M. Higbee

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


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