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Sally Mermelstein

Of Counsel

Ms. Mermelstein’s entire legal career has been devoted to ERISA employee benefits, an area of law she first became familiar with when a hand problem permanently disabled her from her former career as a violinist. Having been a disability claimant herself, Ms. Mermelstein understands the devastation that employees feel upon losing their ability to work, and of the importance of securing specialized first-rate representation to ensure that this loss is not compounded by the additional hardship of an improper benefits denial.

Ms. Mermelstein has a nation-wide reputation for her deep understanding of the ERISA law and her insight is widely sought by plaintiff-side ERISA attorneys.

Ms. Mermelstein specializes in disability claims but will eagerly take on important ERISA issues that arise in life, AD&D, or pension cases. The majority of her time is spent drafting briefs to trial and appellate courts throughout the nation and, where necessary, drafting memoranda to facilitate mediation and settlement.

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  • Juris Doctor JD, University of Minnesota Law School, 2003
  • Master of Music – Violin, The Juilliard School, New York, 1985
  • Bachelor of Music – Violin, The Juilliard School, New York, 1983

Notable Decisions

Some of the most recent examples of Ms. Mermelstein’s work are found in Shupe v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., 19 F.4th 697 (4th Cir. 2021) and Yates v. Symetra Life Ins. Co., No. 4:19-CV-154 RLW, 2022 WL 19211 (E.D. Mo. Jan. 3, 2022), in which she was the principal brief writer. In addition, Ms. Mermelstein was instrumental in the following resolved or pending matters:

  • Tekmen v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., Case No. 20-1510 (4th Cir.)(pending).
  • Williby v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., Case No. 18-56674; Williby v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., Case No. 18-56021 (9th Cir.)(resolved)
  • Nathans v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of Am., No. CV 20-4977-RSWL-MRWX, 2021 WL 3053390 (C.D. Cal. July 20, 2021)
  • Myers v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., No. CV 19-9555 DSF (KSX), 2020 WL 7423109 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 17, 2020)
  • Collier v. Lincoln Life Assurance Co. of Boston, Case No. 21-55465 (9th Cir.)(pending)
  • Kay v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., Case No. 21-55463 (9th Cir.)(pending)
  • State Bar of Minnesota, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit