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UNUM Revisted
UNUM, which was fined $23M by the department of insurance a decade ago for it's abusive claims handling practices, is back to it's old tricks. | Read More

Lawyers on Disability
In August 2015, Plaintiff Magazine published Terrence Coleman's article, "Lawyers on Disability." Attorney Coleman, a partner at our firm since 1999, represents policyholders with bad faith insurance claims and other coverage concerns. His message here: even with a good individual disability policy, expect the carrier to be suspicious of a claim. | Read More

Addressing Common Asserted Defenses to Coverage and Bad-Faith Liability
Our founding partner Philip L. Pillsbury Jr. co-authored an article on how insureds, under current law in California, can address insurance companies who are not acting in good faith. The article appears in the book "Insurance Law 2015: Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year." | Read More

Discovery: Like Shakespeare's Hotspur in Battle

In this article published in The Recorder, Vedica Puri, Super Lawyer and partner at Pillsbury & Coleman, LLP, explains the importance of getting to the point when drafting discovery and presenting evidence to jurors. | Read More

The Supreme Court's Shameful Descent Into Disrepute
An article by our former partner, now retired, Arnold Levinson, Esq. Here Mr. Levinson aptly discusses the Supreme Court's involvement in an insurance/ERISA case with Mutual Life Insurance Company. | Read More

The Tragedies of ERISA
Another article by Mr. Levinson. In this one, he addresses the tragedies of ERISA's unintended preemption of state law remedies. | Read More

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Media Coverage of Pillsbury & Coleman

Pillsbury & Coleman represent former NFL player suing disability benefits plan over denial

A former National Football League player who suffered a neck injury during his playing career filed suit against the league's retirement plan Wednesday, telling a California federal judge that the plan repeatedly denied his application for total disability benefits despite his own doctors' diagnoses. | Read More

Pillsbury & Coleman submit public comments to Department of Labor condemning insurance company abuse and supporting proposed amended ERISA regulations.

Public Comments to the Department of Labor | Read More
Proposed Amended ERISA Regulations | Read More

Pillsbury & Coleman LLP Wins Prestigious 2015 Litigator Award

Pillsbury & Coleman LLP named 2015 Litigator Award Winner. Having been conferred this prestigious National Award, the firm ranks among the Top 1% of all lawyers for: Insurance Bad Faith, ERISA Litigation and Disability Claims Litigation. | Read More

Sutter Health Loses Appeal to Arbitrate Antitrust Class-Action
This link details the court's opinion for UFCW & EMPLOYERS BENEFIT TRUST, v. SUTTER HEALTH et al. . | Read More

Widow of Vacaville city worker will get $275,000

In September 2015, the Daily Republic reported on a case won by Terrence Coleman. Attorney Coleman successfully represented the widow of a Vacaville city employee. The ruling reversed a Superior Court judgment, and Mr. Coleman's client was awarded a $275,000 supplemental life insurance policy. | Read More

Super Lawyers®

Our attorneys have been recognized for excellence by numerous professional organizations and rating services. In this August 2012 issue of Northern California Super Lawyers® magazine, our lawyers are profiled as legal advocates for the rights of insurance policyholders. | Read More

California Judge: Coverage Not Barred by Policy's Molestation Exclusion

Our attorneys Vedica Puri, Philip L. Pillsbury Jr. and Ingrid S. Leverett represented the plaintiffs in this case — Society for Creative Anachronism, et al. v. Fireman's Fund Ins. Co., et al., No. 10-498672, Calif. Super., San Francisco Co. *Reprinted with permission from Mealey's Emerging Insurance Disputes, Vol. 17, Iss. #9, May 3, 2012. | Read More

Vedica Puri Mentioned in San Francisco Chronicle's Movers and Shakers Section

The San Francisco Chronicle took notice when Vedica Puri, partner at Pillsbury & Coleman, LLP, was appointed to The Bar Association of San Francisco's Foundation Board. The foundation is the charitable arm of The Bar Association of San Francisco. | Read More

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Speaking Engagements

Property Insurance Coverage and Ensuing Loss Exceptions

Rick Larson will be a speaker on the scope of "ensuing loss" clauses in property policies, which provide an exception to faulty workmanship and other exclusions, at the 2016 ABA Property Insurance Law Committee Annual Spring Meeting in Las Vegas.

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