Attorney Profile:

Phillip E. Stano

Phillip E. Stano: Attorney with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Biography

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 Eversheds Sutherland (US), 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)

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Litigation
  • Broker-Dealer
  • Securities Enforcement & Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Retirement Products & Services
  • Insurance
  • Unclaimed Insurance Benefits
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Unclaimed Property

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
University of Alabama at Birmingham, B.A.
Law School Attended:
The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., Articles Editor, Law and Psychology Review
Year of First admission:
1978
Admission:
Alabama; Numerous Federal Circuit and District Courts; U.S. Supreme Court; District of Columbia
Memberships:

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)

Birth Information:
Birmingham, Alabama, 1953
ISLN:
903478098

Peer Reviews

  • 4.4/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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