Shaunda A. Patterson-Strachan

About

Shaunda A. Patterson-Strachan represents insurance and financial services companies in class action and other high-impact litigation at 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.

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).
  • "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)
  • "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 Verda, 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

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1998
  • Hampton University, B.A., 1995, with honors

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

Organizations

  • The Association of Life Insurance Counsel
  • American Bar Association
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (ABA-TIPS)
    • Lawyers Conference of the Judicial Division
    • Judicial Division’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee
    • Judicial Division’s Membership Committee
    • Judicial Division’s Diversity in the Judiciary Committee
    • Co-Chair, Editorial Board for the "Judicial Record," publication of the Judicial Division (2011-2016)
    • 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)
  • National Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Secretary, Board of Directors, a nonprofit organization in Washington
  • Office of DC Attorney General-Elect Karl Racine, Transition Committee Member, (2014)
  • The Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, NC, Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Member of the Credentials Committee (2012)
  • “2002 Young Leaders Program,” a forum for 60 young professionals from the United States, Russia, and the United Kingdom held at Magdalen College, Oxford University, UK, Participant