John (Jack) Stennett has been litigating ERISA cases since 1989 and personal injury and bad faith cases since receiving his license in 1976. He has successfully litigated cases against almost every major insurance company.
He is dedicated to representing individuals who need help obtaining the benefits promised by insurance companies and employee welfare benefit plans. Though Mr. Stennett has broad litigation experience in numerous areas of the law, he has chosen to focus his practice in this area of the law because of three simple reasons.
First, focusing on benefit claims allows him to become highly proficient in the area and provide the highest and best possible representation of his clients.
Second, he identifies with his individual clients who, on their own, are the clear underdog in any battle against an insurance company or employee trust and he loves representing the underdogs.
Third, he loves battling insurance companies who have a fiduciary duty to their insureds. Because their analysis is influenced by their own financial self interest, it is virtually impossible for an insurance company not to place their own interests above those of their insureds. Their decisions are invariably unfair and wrong.
His client's claims typically involve claims for disability, life or accidental death benefits and pension and health benefits.
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I gladly endorse Mr. Stennett, a long-time colleague. His experience, sensibility and perseverance make him an exceptional employee benefits, ERISA, and insurance lawyer. His careful eye, knowledge of the law, passion to help those who need it most and his personal drive to "right the wrong," while doing so in a gentlemanly manner, make him an excellent litigator.
Debra Butler Employee Benefits Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. Jack and I have worked together on several matters. He is an exceptional lawyer.Juries love his folksy manner, his ethics are beyond reproach and he gives the highest level of personal attention to his clients. I refer all of my ERISA cases to his firm and if I personally needed an attorney regarding an ERISA claim, Jack is who I would call.
H. Collins Workers Compensation Attorney
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Top Lawyer||San Diego Magazine||2015|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Top Lawyer||San Diego Magazine||2014|
|Top Lawyer||San Diego Magazine||2013|
|Panelist of the Year||San Diego Lawyer Referral and Information Service||2004|
|Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award||San Diego Trial Lawyers Association||1989|
|Partner||Stennett & Casino||2003 - Present|
|Partner||Stennett & Stennett||1987 - 2003|
|Associate||Schall & Stennett||1977 - 1987|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit||Admitted||1996 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1977 - Present|
|San Diego Bar Association||Member||1977 - Present|
|Watts v. MetLife, 2011 U.S.Dist. LEXIS 44805||Court awarded client back disability benefits, attorney's fees and entitlement to future benefits|
|Sullivan v Deutsche Bank, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122500 (SD CAL.)||Judgement for Plaintiff against UNUM Insurance|
|Smith v Stonebridge Life Insurance 582 F. Supp. 1206||Plaintiff prevailed on Sumary Judgement|
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|American Jurisprudence Proof Of Facts, 3d Series, Vol 9,pg.307||The Psychological Effects Of Physical Disfigurement||1990|
|University of California, Hastings College of the Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1976|
|Linfield College||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1973|
|Paralegal Course - guest speaker||Insurance Law||2000|
|Paralegal Course-guest speaker||Product Liability||1998|