Michael K. Brisbin: Lawyer with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Michael K. Brisbin


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Practice Areas

  • Life
  • Health
  • Disability & ERISA
  • Employee Benefits
Contact InfoTelephone: 415.625.9260
Fax: 415.434.1370
University St. Mary's College of California, B.A., 1984
Law SchoolUniversity of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1993
Admitted1993, California; U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

Bar Association of San Francisco, school speaker program
McGeorge School of Law, director
St. Marys College Alumni Association: national president, 2000-2002; director, 1998-2003


Mike Brisbin is a member of the firm's Life, Health, Disability & ERISA practice. Mike focuses on the defense of individual life, health and disability insurers in bad faith cases with significant punitive damages exposure. He also defends bad faith, breach of fiduciary duty and related coverage matters involving group plans governed by ERISA.

From inception through trial, Mike handles all aspects of life, health and disability matters, from assessing the case and directing discovery to taking depositions and preparing motions and appeals. He has extensive mediation, arbitration, pre-trial and trial experience in state and federal courts throughout California.

Mike's service approach combines responsive communications with a genuine interest in helping make the client's life easier. He places a high premium on understanding what clients needs, resolving their specific issues, and following up to ensure their ongoing satisfaction with the resolution.

Prior to law school, Mike worked for five years as an agent for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. He gained significant trial experience working at a personal injury defense firm following law school and later handled complex medical and errors and omissions claims before joining Wilson Elser in 2005.


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.

Life, Health, Disability & ERISA Newsletter

Insurance Fraud & Group Policy Limitations

February 2010

This Life, Health, Disability & ERISA Newsletter discusses insurance fraud, important ERISA holdings, new California law on group policy, and more.

Additional Publications

Group Policy Mental & Nervous Disorder Limitations: New California Law, International Claims Association


Rescission of a Life Insurance Policy: Everything You Need To Know

Speaking Engagements

September 20, 2011

Western Claims Conference

Additional Events

Individual Long Term Disability Claims Handling, Western Claims Conference, 2009


Michael Brisbin to be a speaker at the Western Claim Conference June 14-16 in California

April 22, 2009 Michael K. Brisbin (Of Counsel-San Francisco) will give a presentation before the Western Claim Conference to be conducted in Indian Wells, CA, on June 14-16. His topic will be Individual LTD Claims Handing & Processing.


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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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Michael K. Brisbin

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


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