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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Update on NAIC and State Regulatory Activity on “Price Optimization”
Eric A. Arnold,Thomas W. Curvin,Stephen E. Roth,Cynthia R. Shoss,Phillip E. Stano, July 24, 2015
Regulatory activity on price optimization appears to be coming to a head. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Casualty Actuarial and Statistical (C) Task Force is continuing to gather input, with all roads leading toward a significant discussion of the issue at the upcoming...

Call (Un) Answered (the Second Ring): FCC Issues Sweeping Package of Declaratory Rulings on TCPA Petitions
Thomas M. Byrne,Juan C. Garcia,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy,Phillip E. Stano,Rocco E. Testani, July 14, 2015
In some of its most comprehensive guidance published in years, resolving more than 20 petitions requesting clarification of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on July 10 published a 138-page Declaratory Ruling and Order. Given the opportunity...

Call Answered (The First Ring): FCC Issues Sweeping Package of Declaration Rulings on TCPA Petitions
Keith J. Barnett,Thomas M. Byrne,Juan C. Garcia,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy,Phillip E. Stano, June 19, 2015
In its most significant action on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) since its revised TCPA rules took effect in late 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a package of declaratory rulings resolving almost two dozen petitions seeking clarification on TCPA issues....

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Phillip E. Stano

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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