|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Finalist for Best Brief||Moot Court Honors||N/A|
|Winner of the Lou Ashe Legal Medicine Award||McGeorge School of Law||N/A|
|Managing Attorney||LAW OFFICES OF MARK E. HANCOCK||1993 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Ventura County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Citations, The Publication of the VCBA||Board Member||N/A|
|Hammer v. (Confidential) Ins. Co.||Settled, recovering full benefits for Clients|
|Hayashi v. Trustmark Companies||Demonstrated Own Occupation Disability. Won withdrawal of reservation of rights and continued payment of full benefits to Client.|
|Anderson v. Prudential Ins. Co.||Won Appeal and full benefits, including retro benefits|
|See all legal cases|
|Citations (VCBA)||Don't Believe Everything Your (Property) Insurance Adjustor Tells You||2017|
|Citations (VCBA)||Recent Developments in Insurance Law||2015|
|Citations (VCBA)||IN INSURANCE, CONDITIONS CAN BE IMPORTANT||2015|
|Citations (VCBA)||Personal Injury Practice: Better Handled by Adjustors?||2014|
|California Lawyer Magazine||Was it An Accident?||2011|
|University of California - Santa Barbara||Business||B.A.||N/A|
|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
Posted by Brad
I am very happy with Mark Hancock’s counsel and advice. During my appeal process, he was very prompt in returning my calls, emails, and answering all of my questions. He wrote an extremely detailed and excellent appeal. He was very thorough in obtaining and reviewing my records, concentrating on the significant complaints and developing information about them, obtaining my medication list and exploring the side effects. He worked very hard with my many doctors to have forms and reports completed by them, which proved to be most helpful. He explained and convinced me of the importance of getting a vocational opinion and the importance of applying for social security disability benefits. I believe all of these things proved to be most useful in getting my appeal granted. If a need ever arises, I will not hesitate to call on Mr. Hancock again
Posted by Miles
Although I am an attorney, I do not specialize in handling disability insurance disputes, so my wife and I sought Mark's assistance in resolving a long-pending claim on behalf of my wife. Within a few months of Mark's involvement, we were successful without having to engage in full-blown (and expensive) litigation. Mark demonstrated expertise in this practice area, guided my wife through the process and communicated effectively with the insurance company on our behalf. Thanks to Mark's work, we achieved our goal without substantial costs.
Posted by anonymous
One of the most difficult times in my life was when I had to stop working due to a disability based on a long-term illness. Since my employer offered disability insurance, I thought that one thing I would not have to worry about while I was dealing with my medical issues was an income. I was naïve about disability insurance because I had never had to deal with it before. I had to sign paperwork allowing the company virtually unlimited access to my private information and provided them with everything that they asked for because I was threatened with my benefits being cut off if I did not comply. Little did I know that everything I provided to the company would one day be used against me to eventually deny my claim. The truth is that disability insurance companies who offer insurance under ERISA have virtually no incentive to continue to pay a claim because there is virtually no financial penalty for them to do so even when there is substantial medical evidence of disability as there was in my case. The insurance companies deny claims because most people do not have the financial resources to fight them.
I had some hints that the insurance company was going to be difficult so I hired Mark Hancock to provide me with advice; however, I felt that I could handle the insurance company on my own because I had misplaced faith that the system would work because I have a legitimate disability. I had no idea that they would do things like hire a private investigator to follow me while never paying for a doctor to actually examine me. When the insurance company eventually denied my claim I hired Mark Hancock to handle my appeal. The appeal was expensive because I had a massive quantity of medical records and many doctors were involved in my care. Mr. Hancock also had to deal with the information that I voluntarily provided the company because I felt that I had to and a legal sized file box full of information that the insurance company compiled on me. Mr. Hancock knew what was necessary to win my case, things that I never could have done on my own, including hiring a disability analyst to counter the insurance company’s “experts” and obtaining statements from my doctors in the proper format. As I mentioned before, the appeal was expensive but Mr. Hancock fought hard to win my appeal. My advice to anyone dealing with a claim under a disability insurance policy is to hire a lawyer and to hire one early on in the process. The way the company treated my case after I hired Mr. Hancock was much different than before I had legal representation. You will save time, aggravation and money by hiring a lawyer before you think you have a problem with your insurance company. You will also avoid making statements that the insurance company will try to twist into evidence that you are not disabled. Finally, you will be able to concentrate on your health rather than dealing with the unreasonable demands of your insurance company. Mr. Hancock was the reason my benefits were restored and I recommend him without reservation.
I am posting this anonymously because my experience with this insurance company has made me closely guard all aspects of my personal life not because I have any reservations about Mr. Hancock or the services that he continues to provide on my behalf.
Andrew Koenig, Social security Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. Mark is a dedicated, professional, and effective advocate for his clients. I routinely refer clients to him who has LTD claims with their insurance companies and he does a top-notch job in representing them.