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Robert Reins Pohls

Robert Reins Pohls

Practice areas:

Insurance, Employee Benefits, Business, Employment & Labor, Litigation… more 

About Me

Rob Pohls is the principal of Pohls & Associates, a general practice law firm that is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has earned a national reputation for representing life, health, disability and long term care insurers in all forms of litigation in state and federal courts throughout California.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Insurance: 50%
    28 years
  2. Employee Benefits: 15%
    28 years
  3. Litigation: 10%
    28 years
  4. Employment & Labor: 10%
    28 years
  5. Other: 15%
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Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Michael Cordon

    I whole heartedly endorse Rob Pohl's excellent legal skills. I have known Mr. Pohls for over 15 years. He is one of the brightest and most highly skilled lawyers I have had the pleasure of working with. When I think of Rob Pohls, I think of the phrase "High Powered Litigator."

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    Michael Cordon Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

1550 Parkside Dr Ste 260
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198702/26/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best In BriefAmerican Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section2001
Distinguished Service AwardAmerican Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Law Section, Health & Disability Insurance Law Committee1999

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalPohls & Associates1999 - Present
Senior AssociateArcher McComas, et al.1997 - 1999
Senior AssociateFleming & Associates1996 - 1997
Senior AssociateBowles & Verna1989 - 1996
AttorneyRopers Majeski, et al.1987 - 1989

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Defense Research InstituteNational Spokesperson on Health Care Reform2011 - Present
Defense Research InstituteAnnual Meeting Program Chair, LH&D Committee2010 - Present
Northern California Life Insurance AssociationMember2010 - Present
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionN/A2007 - Present
Association of Certified Fraud ExaminersAssociate Member2007 - 2010
Defense Research InstituteMember, Insurance Law Committee2006 - Present
Association of Life Insurance CounselMember2003 - Present
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionN/A2002 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember, Life, Health & Disability Law Committee1990 - Present
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionFormer Chair (2000), Health & Disability Insurance Committee1990 - Present
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionMember and Former Vice Chair, Life Insurance Law Committee1990 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Estate of Grant v. State Farm Life Insurance Co.Won on motion for summary judgment
Beckstrand v. Electronic Arts Group Long Term Disability PlanSettled
Starr-Gordon v. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.Settled after favorable ruling on motion for summary adjudication.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
DRI TodaySupreme Court Likely to Move Forward on Affordable Care Act Cases2012
DRI TodayConstitutionality of Individual Mandate May be a Closer Vote than Originally Thought2012
DRI TodayConstitutionality of the Individual Mandate May Affect the Fate of the Entire Affordable Care Act2012
DRI TodayMedicaid Expansion May Fall If Supreme Court Determines it Coerces States2012
Defense Research InstituteThe Affordable Care Act Upheld: Now What For Our Clients?2012
California BrokerFour Things Agents Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act2012
ICA NewsImpact of the Supreme Court's Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act2012
Defense Research Institute (DRI)Preparing for the Supreme Court Arguments About the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act2011
ICA NewsHow to Effectively Manage Competing Death Benefit Claims2010
DRI Annual MeetingNational Health Care Reform: What is it and What Does it Mean to You?2010
Western Claim ConferenceIntroduction to Long Term Care Insurance2009
The Practical LitigatorLitigating Subjective Disability Claims2008
DRI: The Voice of the Defense BarThe Effective Use of the Advice of Counsel Defense2008
Life, Health & Disability News (DRI, Defense Research Institute)California Appellate Courts Continue Their Assault on Arbitration Provisions in Health Care Service Plans2007
DRI ERISA/Life, Health & Disability Claims SeminarEnforcing Exclusions and Limitations in Life, Health & Disability Insurance Policies2003
Life, Health & Disability News (DRI, Defense Research Institute)California Appellate Court Refuses to Order Insurer to Identify Other Psychiatric DI Claimants Whose Claims Were Denied2002
ACI 5th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability ClaimsLitigating Disability Insurance Claims Involving Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder2002
The Brief (ABA)Long Term Care Insurance: Selected Considerations for Insurers, Agents, Regulators & Litigators2001
ACI 4th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability ClaimsDefense Strategies for Subjective Disability Claims2001
Life, Health & Disability News (DRI, Defense Research Institute)California Supreme Court Rejects Comparative Bad Faith Defense2000
Life, Health & Disability News (DRI, Defense Research Institute)Common Law Right to Fair Procedure Can Limit Insurer's Right to Remove a Physician From its List of Preferred Providers2000
Life Insurance Law Committee Newsletter (ABA)Defense Strategies for Premium Offset Litigation1999
Life, Health & Disability News (DRI, Defense Research Institute)California Court Holds that Insurers Must Give Special Notice to Preserve the Contractual Limitations Defense1999
Life, Health & Disability News (DRI, Defense Research Institute)McCarran-Ferguson Should Preempt the Americans With Disabilities Act1999
ABA Life Insurance Law Committee NewsletterSurveillance Videos Can be Withheld From Disclosures1997
DRI Life, Health & Disability NewsReconciling Ninth Circuit ERISA Cases on Equitable Estoppel1996
ALI/ABAAge Discrimination in Employment Act1996
ALI-ABAAmericans with Disabilities Act1996
ALI-ABAEmployee Benefits Litigation1996
ALI-ABADevelopments in Managed Care1996
The RecorderFederal Law Could Void Proposed ADR Initiative1996

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Bucknell UniversityPolitical ScienceBA1984

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
ICA RoundtableThe Supreme Court's Ruling on the Constitutionality of PPACA2012
DRI WebcastThe Affordable Care Act Upheld: What Now for Our Clients?2012
Annual Education ConferenceComplex Claim Investigations2012
Annual Education ConferenceLong Term Care: Beyond the Nursing Home2012
1st National Advanced Forum on Life Insurance and Annuity LitigationMaking Sense of the Interplay Between Securities Law/Broker-Dealer Rules and Insurance Statutory Requirements in Connection with the Sale of Variable Life Insurance and Annuities2012
Western Claim ConferenceProving Insurance Fraud2011
Eastern Claim ConferenceHealth Care Reform: The Grand Design2011
DRI WebcastWhat Do Health Insurance Litigators Face in 2012 and Beyond?2011
Annual Education ConferenceLTC Mind Control: What Makes a Good Claim Examiner?2011
Quarterly MeetingLegal Considerations for Life Underwriters2010
Annual MeetingNational Health Care Reform: What is it and What Does it Mean?2010
Annual Education ConferenceRescission is Not a Four-Letter Word2010
Annual Education ConferenceLTC Overview: Where It's Been and Where It's Going2010
Annual Education ConferenceHealth Care Reform: What Does it Mean?2010
Annual Education ConferenceMediating Disputed Health Insurance Claims2010
Annual Education ConferenceProving Life Insurance Fraud2010
Western Claim ConferenceIntroduction to Long Term Care Insurance2009
ERISA/Life, Health & DisabilityMediating Disputed Health Insurance Benefit Claims2009
Annual Education ConferenceNational Survey of Life Insurance Caselaw2009
2007 ABA Annual MeetingThe Anatomy of a Bad Faith Case2007
ERISA/Life, Health & Disability InsuranceEnforcing Exclusions and Limitations in Life, Health & Disability Insurance Policies2003
5th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability ClaimsLitigating Disability Insurance Claims Involving Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder2002
Midwinter Meeting of Life Insurance Law, Health & Disability Insurance Law and Other CommitteesLong Term Care Insurance -- Selected Considerations2001
4th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability ClaimsDefense Strategies for Subjective Disability Claims2001
1999 ABA Annual MeetingHot Topics in Health & Disability Insurance1999