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Shaunda Patterson-Strachan

Shaunda Patterson-Strachan

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Overview

Shaunda Patterson-Strachan represents insurance and financial services companies in class action and other high-impact litigation, at both the trial and appellate court levels, throughout the United States. She also handles dispute resolution and regulatory proceedings related to the development, marketing, sale, and administration of her clients’ fixed and variable life insurance, annuity, and other financial products.

Shaunda previously served as the Life Insurance and Annuity Litigation practice group co-leader.

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Experience

  • U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n v. PHL Variable Ins. Co., Nos. 12-cv-06811; 13-cv-1580 (CM) (JCF), 2014 WL 2199428 (S.D.N.Y. May 23, 2014).
  • Nichols v. John Hancock Life Insurance Co., No. CV 09-840, 2009 WL 3019785 (N.D. Ala. Sep. 22, 2009).
  • Davis v. John Hancock Variable Life Ins. Co., No. 03-17274 295 F. App'x 245 (9th Cir. Oct. 3, 2008).
  • Smith v. John Hancock Ins. Co., slip op., No. 06-3876 (E.D. Pa. Sept. 3, 2008).
  • Hurlocker v. MetLife Investors USA Ins. Co., Case No: D-0101-CV-2002-2723 (N.M. 1st Dist. 2004).
  • Berardinelli v. General American Life Ins. Co. (In re General American Life Ins. Co. Sales Practices Litigation), 357 F.3d 800 (8th Cir. 2004).
  • Tropp v. Western-Southern Life Ins. Co., 381 F.3d 591 (7th Cir. 2004).
  • Bradberry v. John Hancock Mut. Life Ins. Co., 222 F.R.D. 568 (W.D. Tenn. 2004).
  • Humphrey v. Allstate Life Ins. Co., Civil Action No. 99 CH 8383 (Ill. Cir. Ct., Cook County, May 13, 2002).
  • Great-West Life & Annuity Ins. Co. v. Knudson, 534 U.S. 204 (2002).
  • Parkhill v. Minnesota Mut. Life Ins. Co., 286 F.3d 1051 (8th Cir. 2002).
  • Benevento, et al. v. LifeUSA Holding, Inc., 242 F.3d 136 (3d Cir. 2001).

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Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, The Association of Life Insurance Counsel
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (ABA-TIPS)
    • Member, Lawyers Conference of the Judicial Division
    • Member, Judicial Division’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee
    • Member, Judicial Division’s Membership Committee
    • Member, Judicial Division’s Diversity in the Judiciary Committee
    • Co-Chair, Editorial Board for the "Judicial Record," publication of the Judicial Division (2011-2016)
    • Member, Executive Committee of the Lawyers Conference of the Judicial Division (2011-2014)
    • Chair, The Life Insurance Law Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2006-2007)
  • Member, National Bar Association
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, Sasha Bruce Youthwork, a non-profit organization that provides counseling and support services for at-risk and homeless youth in Washington
  • Transition Committee Member, Office of DC Attorney General-Elect Karl Racine (2014)
  • Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Member of the Credentials Committee, the Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, NC (2012)
  • Board Member, The Friends of Tyler School. a non-profit, community-based volunteer organization that provides tutoring and other services for at-risk children in Washington (2004-2005)
  • Co-Founder and Mentor, Girls II Women in affiliation with The Friends of Tyler School. a group for at-risk girls (2001-2006)
  • Participant, "2002 Young Leaders Program," a forum for 60 young professionals from the United States, Russia, and the UK to network, discuss global issues, and strengthen the relationships among their countries, Magdalen College at Oxford University, UK

Speaking Engagements

  • "Finding a Balance: The Role of Nonguaranteed Elements in Life Insurance and Annuity Contracts," American Academy of Actuaries Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum, Washington (November 2017)
  • "Hottest Litigation Topics From the Year in Review," Insured Retirement Institute’s Annual Government, Legal, and Regulatory Conference, Washington (June 2017)
  • "Individual Product Litigation Roundup: Life Insurance, Annuities, Mutual Funds and More," ACI National Advanced Forum on Life Insurance Litigation, Regulatory Enforcement and ERM, New York (April 20, 2017)
  • "Cost of Insurance Rate Increases: Key Considerations and the Next Generation of Litigation," Litigation Breakout Session, Association of Life Insurance Counsel Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, CO (May 2016)
  • "Individual Product Litigation Roundup: Life Insurance, Annuities, Mutual Funds and More," ACI National Advanced Forum on Life Insurance Litigation, Regulatory Enforcement and ERM, New York (January 26, 2016)
  • “Class Actions and Significant Life Insurance Litigation – Recent Developments and Trends,” Client Focus Forum, Boston (October, 2015)
  • “It’s All ‘Bout That Discretion, ‘Bout that Discretion,” ACLI Compliance and Legal Sections Annual Meeting, Adjusting non-guaranteed elements in life and annuity products, Las Vegas (July 2015)
  • "Latest Developments and Trends in Significant Annuity and Life Insurance Litigation," Insured Retirement Institute's Annual Government, Legal, and Regulatory Conference, Washington (July 2015)
  • “Emerging Litigation Issues in Financial Services,” Carlton Fields In-House Counsel Forum, Orlando, FL (March 2015)
  • "Litigation Summit: Latest Developments and Trends in Significant Annuity and Life Insurance Litigation," Insured Retirement Institute's Government, Legal, and Regulatory Conference, Washington (July 2014)
  • "Class and Other Significant Litigation Involving Non-Guaranteed Elements in Life and Annuity Products," 39th Annual TIPS Midwinter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits, Fort Lauderdale, FL (January 2013)
  • "Litigation Summit: Latest Developments and Trends in Significant Annuity and Life Insurance Litigation," Insured Retirement Institute's Government, Legal & Regulatory Conference, Washington (June 2012)
  • "The Impact of Litigation on Disclosure Priorities for Variable and Index Insurance Products," Association of Life Insurance Counsel Annual Meeting, Adding Value to the Bottom Line Through Innovative Lawyering, Ponte Vedra, FL (May 2012)
  • "Litigation Track: Recent Developments and Trends in Significant Life Insurance and Annuity Litigation," Insured Retirement Institute's Government, Legal, and Regulatory Conference, Washington (June 2011)
  • "Class Action and Individual Litigation Developments," 16th Annual Advanced ALI-ABA Conference on Insurance and Financial Services Litigation, Washington (May 2011)
  • "Perceptions of Justice: A Town Hall Dialogue," ABA Judicial Division Lawyers Conference, Atlanta (February 2011)
  •  ABA-TIPS National Trial Academy, The National Judicial College, Reno, NV (April 12-16, 2008)
  • "Recent Developments in Annuity Enforcement Actions and Litigation," ALI-ABA Conference on Life Insurance Company Products: Current SEC, FINRA, Insurance, Tax, and ERISA Regulatory and Compliance Issues, Washington (November 2007)
  • "When Mass Claims and ADR Collide, and Related Hot Topics," ABA Annual Meeting, Arbitration and Class Actions, Life Insurance Law Committee's Program, Atlanta (August 2004)
  • ABA-TIPS 29th Annual CLE Midwinter Meeting, Life Insurance Law Committee's Program, Boca Raton, FL (January 2003)

Credentials

Education
  • The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1998)
  • Hampton University (B.A., with honors, 1995)
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

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