Co-Chair; Insurance Industry
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University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1975.UCLA Law Review; UCLA Moot Court Honors Program.
Michigan State University, B.A., with highest honors, 1972.Honors College; National Merit Scholar.
Ms. Levy has more than 30 years of civil trial and appellate litigation experience handling varied complex business and contract disputes, with an emphasis on representing life and health insurance companies and health plans in “bad faith” and ERISA litigation.
The Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2013 (Insurance).
Southern California Super Lawyer, 2003-2009.
Top 100 Women Litigators in California, 2009.
"Conversations with Justice Stanley Mosk" California Supreme Court Historical Society Yearbook 1996-97 (1998).
"Current Coverage Issues in Health Insurance Law: Is There Coverage When There Is No Coverage?" 26 Tort & Ins. L. J. 621 (1991).
Admitted to practice in California, the United States District Courts for the Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Admitted pro hac vice in several jurisdictions, including Nevada (Las Vegas and Reno), Arizona and Montana.
Member, Board of Governors, Association of Life Insurance Counsel, 2009-2013.
Member, Board of Directors, Inner City Law Center, 1994-Present.
Member, Board of Directors, UCLA School of Law Alumni Association, 2000-2003.
Member, Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, 1980-Present.
Member, Defense Research Institute’s Life, Health and Disability Law Committee, 1989-Present.
Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 1976-Present.
Member, Association of Life Insurance Counsel, 2002-Present.
Member, Association of California Life and Health Insurance Companies, 2008-Present.
Member, Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1976-Present.
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association Access to Justice Committee, 1989-Present.
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association Judiciary Committee, 1989-2003.
Member, Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Advisory Board, 2004-Present.
Participant, Los Angeles Superior Court Voluntary Settlement Conference Program, 2009.
Vice Chair, American Bar Association Life Insurance Law Committee, 1997-2003.
Vice Chair, Defense Research Institute’s Life, Health and Disability Law Committee, 2001-2004.
Member, California Supreme Court’s Multijurisdictional Task Force Implementation Committee, 2002-2004.
Member, Board of Directors, California Supreme Court Historical Society, 1998-2004.
Member, Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 1996-2001.
Participant, Los Angeles Superior Court Joint Association Settlement Officer Program, 1988-2000.
Member, Board of Directors of UCLA Women and Philanthropy, 1995-2000.
Member, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, 1976-2000.
Member, Long Range Planning Committee, Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, 1995-98.
Chair, American Bar Association Committee on Health Insurance Law, 1994-95.
President, Board of Directors, Public Counsel, the pro bono law office of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, 1993-94.
Co-Chair, Public Counsel’s William O. Douglas Award Dinner, 1993.
Counsel to Office of the Special Advisor to the Board of Police Commissioners for the City of Los Angeles (Webster Commission), 1992.
Member, Task Force on the Involvement of Women in the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, 1991-93.
"In-House Think Tank on Containing Costs, Preventing and Managing Litigation, & Using the Claims Review Process to Set Up, Control and Strengthen the Defense," Moderator of panel of in-house counsel, American Conference Institute's Premier Forum on Defending and Managing ERISA Litigation, New York, New York, October 19-20, 2009.
“Taking the Deposition of an Expert,” Defense Research Institute, Inc. Seminar on Sharing Success: A Seminar for Women Lawyers, Santa Monica, California, March 5-6, 2009.
“Advanced Life Case Investigation - The Forever War,” Eastern Claims Conference 2009, New York, New York, March 1-3, 2009.
“Life Insurance and Accident Death Insurance Litigation Update,” Annual Conference of American Council of Life Insurance, Chicago, Illinois, October 10-12, 2004.
“Recent Developments in Life Insurance and Accident Death Insurance Litigation,” Annual Midwinter Meeting of the Life Insurance Law and Health and Disability Insurance Law Committees of the ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Orlando, Florida, January 15-18, 2004.
"The Latest Disability Hotspots: Claims and Defenses - Mental/Nervous Disorders," American Conference Institute Seminar on Strategies for Success in Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, Boston, Massachusetts, June 10-11, 1999 and San Diego, February 10-11, 2000.
“How to Use Bad Faith Experts and Jury Consultants in Life, Health and Disability Cases,” Defense Research Institute, Inc. Seminar on Life, Health and Disability/ERISA Litigation, Chicago, Illinois, September 24-25, 1998.
“New Strategies for Defending Life, Health, and Disability Insurance Claims Litigation,” ALI-ABA Conference on Life Insurance Litigation, New York, New York, May 7-8, 1998.
“Defending Lawsuits Alleging Fraud Or Misrepresentation In The Sale Of Health Insurance, Agent Misconduct And Illegal Or Improper Premium Increases,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, August 2, 1997.
“Defending a Bad Faith Case: A Woman’s Perspective,” Defense Research Institute Women Litigators Forum, San Diego, California, February 29-March 1, 1996.
“Insurance Fraud: Detecting It, Reporting It, Stopping It,” North Texas Association of Insurance Counsel, Dallas, Texas, August 25, 1995.
“Mediation/Mock Trial of an ERISA Disability Benefits Claim,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, New York, New York, August 10, 1993.
“The IME Process: What Can Go Wrong and How to Do It Right the Next Time — A Practical Demonstration of the Independent Medical Examiner’s Deposition,” Defense Research Institute Seminar on Life, Health and Disability Law: ERISA Developments and Defense Tactics, Chicago, Illinois, October 1-2, 1992.
“When Is There Coverage When There Is No Coverage? Current Coverage Issues in Health Insurance Law,” Spring Meeting of the ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Cancun, Mexico, March 28-April 1, 1990.
“Constitutionality of Punitive Damages” and “Proposition 103 Update,” Shand, Morahan & Company, Inc. Insurance Company Lineslip Meeting, Bloomington, Illinois, July 18-19, 1989.
“Managing a Bad Faith Case in Litigation,” Defense Research Institute, Inc. ERISA, Bad Faith and AIDS Seminar, Washington, DC, April 4-7, 1989.
“Removal and Remand,” Los Angeles County Bar Association and The Rutter Group, Century City and Los Angeles, California, May 21 and May 24, 1988.
“Limiting Discovery of Other Files in the Post-Colonial Life Era,” Midwinter Meeting of the ABA Committees on Life Insurance, Health Insurance, Public Regulation of Insurance and Employee Benefits Law, Palm Beach, Florida, January 14-16, 1988.
“Avoiding Bad Faith Suits,” Life Investors, Inc. Claims/Legal Conference, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, August 5, 1987.
“Managing a Bad Faith Case” and “Pilot Life v. Dedeaux and ERISA Preemption: Good News and Bad News,” Shand, Morahan & Company, Inc. Insurance Companies Loss Prevention Program, Evanston, Illinois, October 7, 1987.
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