Phillip E. Stano: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Phillip E. Stano

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Broker-Dealer
  • Securities Enforcement & Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Retirement Products & Services
  • Insurance
  • Unclaimed Insurance Benefits
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0261
Fax: 202-637-3593
University University of Alabama at Birmingham, B.A.
Law SchoolThe University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Articles Editor, Law and Psychology Review
AdmittedAlabama; Numerous Federal Circuit and District Courts; U.S. Supreme Court; District of Columbia

Professional Activities
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)

BornBirmingham, 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.

Selected Experience
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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Challenges Mount to FCC's July 2015 TCPA Order
Thomas M. Byrne,Juan C. Garcia,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy,Phillip E. Stano,Rocco E. Testani, December 1, 2015
Accusing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of abdicating its responsibility to clarify areas of uncertainty under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and muddying the already murky waters of the TCPA, more than a dozen parties have filed appeals challenging the FCC’s July...

Party Line: Third Circuit Issues Expansive Interpretation of Right to Sue Under the TCPA
Thomas M. Byrne,Juan C. Garcia,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy,Phillip E. Stano,Rocco E. Testani, October 26, 2015
Interpreting broadly the scope of standing to bring suit under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has held that even an unintended recipient of an automated call is within “the zone of interests protected by the law” and has...

The Latest on Price Optimization
Eric A. Arnold,Thomas W. Curvin,John S. Pruitt,Phillip E. Stano,Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik, October 22, 2015
Nearly one-third of the U.S. states have now issued directives on the use of price optimization to determine insurance rates and, to date, most states have taken a skeptical view of the practice. Meanwhile, at the national level, a task force of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners...

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Phillip E. Stano

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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