Senior Partner Lisa Kantor was named one of the Daily Journal's Top
Women Litigators for 2009 on May 13 for her work with clients suffering
from eating disorders.
Last year, Ms. Kantor won an appellate decision for client Laura Jacobs,
who was diagnosed with life-threatening bulimia. After her insurance benefits
were denied for treatment, Ms. Kantor sued the medical plan provider,
Kaiser. The appellate court reversed and remanded the lower court's
decision in the plan's favor and not only ruled that Jacobs must be
reimbursed for her treatment, but also required to plan to pay Ms. Kantor's
fees and costs.
This year, Ms. Kantor won an appeal to the California Department of Insurance
after United Healthcare denied benefits for Kimberly Shepard, who suffers
from anorexia nervosa. The Department of Insurance ruled that Shepard
met all the plan's requirements for medical coverage and ordered that
she be reimbursed for her medical care.
Ms. Kantor continues to work not only with clients with eating disorders
but also people suffering from a variety of disabilities, diseases and
conditions for which medical plans and insurers routinely decline to pay
benefits. These include fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Epstein Bar, multiple
sclerosis, lupus and many other types of invisible disabilities.