- Securities Enforcement & Litigation
- Class Action Defense
- Financial Services Litigation
- Retirement Products & Services
- Unclaimed Insurance Benefits
- Privacy & Data Security
|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||Alabama; Numerous Federal Circuit and District Courts; U.S. Supreme Court; District of Columbia|
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, privacy/cyber risk, 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)
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
Will the FCC Answer Calls to Clarify the TCPA?
Keith J. Barnett,Thomas M. Byrne,Juan C. Garcia,Phillip E. Stano,Rocco E. Testani, April 9, 2015
We can now count an FCC Commissioner among those imploring the agency to act on the growing number of pending petitions asking for much needed clarification of regulations promulgated under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). On April 1, 2015, in his remarks before the Association of...
California Joins Maryland and Ohio in Addressing “Price Optimization”
Thomas W. Curvin,John S. Pruitt,Stephen E. Roth,Cynthia R. Shoss,Phillip E. Stano, February 24, 2015
The California Insurance Commissioner issued a notice on February 18, 2015 to more than 750 property and casualty insurers doing business in California, announcing that “any use of Price Optimization in the ratemaking/pricing process or in a rating plan is unfairly discriminatory in violation...
Supreme Court Holds Dismissal of Individual Case in MDL Proceedings Is Immediately Appealable
James R. McGibbon,Robert D. Owen,Phillip E. Stano,Steuart H. Thomsen,Lewis S. Wiener, February 13, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held today in Gelboim v. Bank of America Corp., No. 13-1174, that an order disposing of an individual case previously consolidated with other cases for multidistrict litigation (MDL) pretrial proceedings is a final appealable decision under 28 U.S.C. § 1291.
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