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     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.


Practice areas


  1. Employee Benefits: 50%
    28 years
  2. Insurance: 50%
    35 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Debra Kay Butler

    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

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    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
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Stennett & Casino

501 W Broadway Ste 1340
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top LawyerSan Diego Magazine2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Top LawyerSan Diego Magazine2014
Top LawyerSan Diego Magazine2013
Panelist of the YearSan Diego Lawyer Referral and Information Service2004
Outstanding Trial Lawyer AwardSan Diego Trial Lawyers Association1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerStennett & Casino2003 - Present
PartnerStennett & Stennett1987 - 2003
AssociateSchall & Stennett1977 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmitted1996 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1977 - Present
San Diego Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Watts v. MetLife, 2011 U.S.Dist. LEXIS 44805Court 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. 1206Plaintiff prevailed on Sumary Judgement
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Jurisprudence Proof Of Facts, 3d Series, Vol 9,pg.307The Psychological Effects Of Physical Disfigurement1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Linfield CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Paralegal Course - guest speakerInsurance Law2000
Paralegal Course-guest speakerProduct Liability1998