- Life, Health, Disability & ERISA
|Contact Info||Telephone: 415.625.9275|
|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 School||University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1983|
|Admitted||1983, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1985, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1987, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1994, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; 1997, U.S. Supreme Court|
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.
Memberships & Affiliations
American Psychological Association
Awards & Distinctions
AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Licensed Psychologist, California Board of Psychology, 2009
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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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