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Higher Legal Attorney wins
“Trial Lawyer of the Year”

Higher Legal panel lawyer, Brian Panish, has been named the “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”). This award is considered to be California’s highest honor among trial attorneys.

Brian Panish worked with Daniel Amos, founder of  Higher Legal, when they were at the prominent plaintiff’s firm now known as Greene, Broillet & Wheeler. Mr. Panish is now a partner at Panish, Shea & Boyle in Los Angeles. Mr. Panish has been a Higher Legal panel attorney since the inception of the company in 2008.

Recently Mr. Panish obtained a record jury verdict of over Twenty-One Million Dollars in favor of an Iraq War Navy veteran who suffered catastrophic injury in an automobile accident caused by a negligent Hillyard, Inc. driver. This groundbreaking case, Michael Nelsen v. Hillyard, Inc., et al., was included in the Daily Journal Top Plaintiff Verdicts of 2009.

Higher Legal is a California State Bar certified lawyer referral service that specializes in matching people with the very best personal injury lawyers in California and then monitoring their case from start to finish to make sure they receive the very best representation available. Higher Legal is able to open the doors to many of the state’s top law firms in all types of personal injury cases, including automobile accidents, medical malpractice, elder abuse, wrongful termination, insurance bad faith claims, asbestos/mesothelioma cases,  pharmaceutical actions and mass torts.

Warning about Health Insurance

Did you purchase medical insurance coverage from any of these companies?

  • Health Market Insurance
  • National Association for the Self Employed
  • Alliance For Affordable Services
  • Americans For Financial Security
  • Mega Life & Health Insurance
  • Health Insurance Company of Oklahoma
  • Mid-West National Life Insurance of Tennessee

If you did, you may be part of a case which has been filed by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and you should contact a certified lawyer referral service to determine if you need to file a civil action.

The case filed by the L.A. City Attorney alleges the insurance companies used illegal methods to sell  “junk insurance” to unsuspecting buyers. The lawsuit contends that a sales force of 1,200 insurance agents was trained to do “whatever it takes” to sell the junk policies and were trained to “reveal as little information as possible” about the insurance policies to the buyers. When buyers asked what the insurance policy would cover the agents were trained to answer with “impressive but meaningless jargon.”  According to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s lawsuit this was a big consumer rip-off.

These insurance polices were supposed to pay most of the cost associated with major illnesses and medical events such as cancer, heart disease and pregnancy. Customers purchased these policies in good faith and the lawsuit claims that the insurance companies had no intention of paying out any money to the customers.

Links for additional information:

California Healthline 

Courthouse News