Laura E. Fannon: Lawyer with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Laura E. Fannon

Of Counsel
San Francisco,  CA  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Life
  • Health
  • Disability & ERISA
  • Employee Benefits
Contact InfoTelephone: 415.625.9275
Fax: 415.434.1370
University University of Redlands, B.A., cum laude, 1974; California State University, Hayward, M.S., 1980; California Institute of Integral Studies, Psy.D., 2007
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1983
AdmittedCalifornia; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California

Memberships & Affiliations

American Psychological Association


Laura Fannon has focused on insurance and employee benefits law for nearly 30 years and currently defends claims involving group and individual life and disability policies. She has extensive experience in such matters before the federal trial and appellate courts in California. After achieving prominence in her legal practice, Laura earned her doctorate in clinical psychology and in 2009 became a licensed psychologist.

On behalf of insurers and employee benefit plans, Laura litigates denial of disability benefit claims under ERISA as well as life and disability insurance disputes arising from individual policies. Her work in the field of clinical psychology is particularly useful in reviewing disability claims based on psychiatric conditions, as well as in evaluating the reports and expert testimony of mental health professionals. Many clients also rely on Laura to provide advice on day-to-day life and disability insurance issues.

Laura is a strong proponent of alternative dispute resolution and has mediated disputes in a variety of areas. She currently serves as a volunteer mediator for the Office of Citizen Complaints, which resolves disputes between citizens and police officers of San Francisco, and for many years served as a panel mediator for the Northern District of California.

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AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Licensed Psychologist, California Board of Psychology, 2009


Is Malicious Prosecution a Potential Settlement Tool?

Malicious Prosecution as a Settlement Tool

May 11, 2015

When insurers are sued by plaintiffs seeking monetary recovery, and at some point it becomes clear that the claim has no merit, plaintiffs often reason that an insurer would rather settle than expend more resources and money. But what if an insurer or its counsel had another recourse? A charge of malicious prosecution, in the appropriate circumstance, might be just what's needed.

“Savings Clause” Still Threatens ERISA Plan Limitations

“Savings Clause” Still Threatens ERISA Plan Limitations

October 30, 2013

After a decade, two ERISA preemption cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court still threaten the right of insurers to limit coverage in ERISA-governed plans. A case recently settled in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals highlighted the still-unfolding impact of these “savings clause” cases.


Robinson, Rhodes and Fannon Obtain Summary Judgment for Bay Area Law School in Dispute over Interpretation of Student Handbook

January 29, 2015


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Is Malicious Prosecution a Potential Settlement Tool?
Michael K. Brisbin,Laura E. Fannon, May 15, 2015
In many instances, insurers are initially sued by plaintiffs with colorable claims seeking monetary recovery. During the course of litigation and through discovery, it sometimes becomes clear that the plaintiff’s claim or claims have no merit. Yet, the plaintiff and his or her counsel...

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Laura E. Fannon

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


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