- Securities Enforcement & Litigation
- Unclaimed Insurance Benefits
- Class Action Defense
- Financial Services Litigation
- Retirement Products & Services
|Contact Info||Telephone: 202.383.0261|
|University ||University of Alabama at Birmingham, B.A.|
|Law School||The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Articles Editor, Law and Psychology Review|
|Admitted||1978, Alabama; 1988, District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court|
Member, Board of Directors, Attorneys Insurance Mutual of the South, Inc.
Member, Editorial Review Board, Journal of Insurance Regulation
Secretary-Treasurer, Association of Life Insurance Counsel (2003-2009)
|Born||Birmingham, Alabama, 1953|
Phillip Stano relies on more than 30 years of experience-as a regulator, then as counsel for a life insurers' trade association and now as a defense attorney-to achieve positive outcomes in complex class action suits and other financial services litigation and regulatory and compliance counseling. Phil's clients are some of the nation's largest insurers and span all types of insurance, including annuity, life, long-term care, health, title, and property and casualty. Combining a thorough knowledge of class action procedure with an understanding of current regulatory developments, Phil represents his clients in state and federal courts and guides them on issues such as unclaimed property, retained asset accounts, adequacy of disclosure and regulatory compliance.
Before joining Sutherland, Phil served as chief litigation counsel at the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), where he filed more than 350 briefs on significant issues affecting insurers' marketing life, annuity, disability, long-term care and health insurance products. He organized and directed ACLI's class action, state tort/judicial reform, insurer legal privileges, arbitration and insurance anti-fraud legislative reform efforts. Prior to ACLI, he was assistant attorney general and general counsel of the Alabama Insurance Department, where he litigated numerous civil matters at the trial and appellate levels. He has extensive experience in insurer rehabilitation and liquidation proceedings and unclaimed property/market conduct audit defense and advice.
Sutherland's summary judgment for life insurance client affirmed by Tenth Circuit.
Sutherland's motion to dismiss in a New Mexico RESPA case affirmed by Tenth Circuit.
Sutherland's summary judgment for life insurer in retained assets action affirmed by Ninth Circuit.
Awards and Rankings
Named the American Tort Reform Association's Legal Reform Champion (2005)
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Idaho Unclaimed Property Rule: Insurers Must Confirm Whether Insureds Have Died
Thomas W. Curvin,Ellen M. Dunn,Phillip E. Stano,Steuart H. Thomsen,Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik, July 8, 2014
In a recently issued notice of rulemaking, the Idaho State Treasurer’s Office has proposed a temporary rule that, if permanently adopted, would alter two key definitional provisions in the state’s unclaimed property laws relating to life insurance policies and annuity contracts. The...
First Circuit: Proof of Death Prerequisite to Payment of Life Benefits
Thomas W. Curvin,Ellen M. Dunn,Phillip E. Stano,Steuart H. Thomsen,Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik, June 6, 2014
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has confirmed that proof of death is a reasonable requirement for payment under a life insurance policy, and is a prerequisite to monies becoming “payable” under unclaimed property laws governing such policies. On May 27, a three-judge...
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