Address: One Canal Plaza, Suite 400, portland, ME, 04101
Law Firm: Lambert Coffin
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|Areas of Practice||Civil Litigation, Disability|
|Description||Andrew is the lead attorney for Lambert Coffin’s ERISA, life, and disability insurance practice group. Andrew has dedicated his career to litigating ERISA, life, and disability insurance claims in state and federal courts across the country.Andrew’s unique, focused experience has given him a familiarity with the particular issues that arise from disability, health, and life insurance claims and the differing laws that govern them. Andrew’s extensive experience allows the firm to represent clients nationwide in a specialized and efficient manner, particularly with regard to policies governed by ERISA, which governs the large majority of group insurance policies in existence. There are very few attorneys representing individuals who have the knowledge and experience comparable to Andrew. At the outset, I prepare an individualized plan for each client based upon his/her needs. I’m accessible to the client to discuss strategy at any time and I am always cognizant of the significance the sought after benefits have on my client’s financial stability given the fact that my client is often out of work and won’t be able to return to work in his/her prior capacity at any time in the near future. Andrew began his career at a boutique Madison Avenue disability litigation firm in Manhattan before moving to Maine with his wife, Meghan, and son, Liam. While in New York, Andrew was the lead disability litigation attorney at his firm where he was responsible for the firm’s client intake process, disability claim management practice, and disability (ERISA and non-ERISA) litigation practice. In this role, Andrew obtained positive outcomes for his clients, including the following:Dimopoulou v. First Unum Life Insurance Company, 13-cv-07159, 2016 WL 612890 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 25, 2016), in which Andrew’s work led to a reversal of Unum’s decision to deny his client’s claim for long-term disability benefits based upon Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.Reversed Unum’s denial of client’s long-term disability benefits and restored benefits to 100% of expected multi-million dollar payout.Obtained $400,000settlement on behalf of disabled policyholder in federal litigation.Negotiated several successful buyouts of disability contracts.Obtained benefits for a large number of clients on their initial application for benefits due to a multitude of medical conditions.Once in Maine, Andrew worked at a large Portland law firm in a national ERISA litigation practice defending major disability and life insurance carriers against claims (ERISA and non-ERISA alike) for disability and life insurance benefits. In this role, Andrew was exposed to hundreds of ERISA benefit denial litigations and developed a keen familiarity with the pitfalls associated with many claims including, among other things, the following:The insurer’s Application of 12 or 24 month limitations under the policy.Your alleged failure to provide objective evidence of restriction or limitation.Your alleged failure to establish a disabling condition.Your alleged failure to cooperate with the insurer’s unreasonable demands.The insurer’s decision to agree with its paid paper reviewing physicians as opposed to your treating physician(s).The insurer’s paid physician sending your physician a misleading letter or calling him/her once, then denying the claim when your physician did not have time to respond.In the context of life insurance, your employer’s failure to submit proper paperwork or remit premiums.Now at Lambert Coffin, Andrew is once again engaging in his passion – helping individuals (regardless of where they live) with their claims for life, health, and disability benefits.Andrew has developed specialized experience with a multitude of complex medical conditions associated with disability claims including, among others, the following:RadiculopathySpondylosisDisc bulgesOsteoporosisAnxietyDepressionBipolar disorderCoronary Artery DiseaseStress induced ischemiaComplications from ObesityMigrainesCancerSjogren’s syndromeAnd many moreChronic Fatigue SyndromeFibromyalgiaLyme’s diseaseAutoimmune diseaseDegenerative disc diseasePlantar fasciitisNecrotizing fasciitisCognitive deficitsAlzheimer’sFrontal Temporal DementiaMeniere’s diseaseVertigoAlcoholismLiver diseaseTinnitusAndrew also gives presentations to lawyers and employees on life, health, disability insurance, including ERISA. In addition to his ERISA, life, health, and disability practice, Andrew practices in other areas including commercial litigation, personal injury, employment disputes, and business matters. He also serves as outside counsel for businesses. HONORS AND DISTINCTIONSSelected for SuperLawyers New England Rising Stars 2018COMMUNITY SERVICEKatahdin Counsel Recognition Award for providing more than 50 hours of legal assistance to low income and elderly MainersVolunteer Lawyers ProjectPublicationsContributing author: DRI Insurance Compendium – The Law of Life Insurance Claims: Key Issues in Each State (2016).SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTSFeatured Speaker at American Conference Institute’s ERISA Litigation Conference (2016)TestimonialsSatisfied Client Look no further for Experience, Professionalism and Respect! Exceptional Highly Recommended! Long Term Disability Dispute Long term disability appeal Disability appeal won expediently Fantastic Andrew is responsive, compassionate, competent… Successful, Patient and Kind I was very happy with the profesionalism and out come! A fair and honest advocate Excellent Results Thank you Andrew!!! Long Term Disability Appeal Unpaid Disability Claim – RESOLVED|
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