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United Policyholders filed amicus briefs in four of the top five most important insurance cases of 2016
by Dan Wade
2016 was an outstanding year for the United Policyholders Amicus Project. Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, UP was able to file briefs in four of the five most important insurance cases of 2016 (In re: Viking Pump and Warren Pumps Insurance Appeals, Cypress Point Condominium Association v. Adria Towers, Sebo v. American Home Assurance Co., and Arceneaux v. Amstar Corp.). And in three of the four cases in which we filed, we helped secure a victory for policyholders! Read more here.
About The Blogger
Dan Wade joined United Policyholders ("UP") in January 2014. As Staff Attorney, he works on UP's Advocacy and Action Program, helping draft and coordinate amicus curiae briefs, assists with legislative/regulatory advocacy, and conducts legal research in partnership with UP partners and volunteers. Dan also supports the Roadmap to Recovery and Roadmap to Preparedness Programs. Dan's relationship with UP began as a student in Professor Ken Klein's disaster law seminar where Executive Director Amy Bach was a guest lecturer. As a law student volunteer for UP, he researched trends in bad faith insurance law and tracked Superstorm Sandy insurance litigation. Dan gained transactional and litigation experience as a law clerk for Higgs, Fletcher and Mack, a mid-sized San Diego-based business law firm and externed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Regional Counsel in Chicago. Before joining UP, he was a post-bar intern at the Alliance for the Great Lakes, a Chicago-based environmental group.
Dan earned his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University in 2007 and his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in San Diego in 2013. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2013 and the California Bar in 2014. He is a member of various professional associations, including: the American Bar Association - Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, where he serves as Vice Chair of the Property Insurance Law Committee, the American Association for Justice, and the Consumer Attorneys of California. Dan also serves as Vice Director of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Disaster Legal Services Program, a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency that delivers free legal assistance to low-income persons affected by disasters, through which Dan coordinates pro bono legal assistance to insurance policyholders in disaster areas.