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Susan B. Grabarsky

Susan B. Grabarsky

Associate
Location:
Ontario, California
Phone:
800-458-4577
Fax:
909-974-2121
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Susan B. Grabarsky represents individual and group policyholders in disability, health, property, casualty, and business insurance bad faith actions. Ms. Grabarsky also handles cases on behalf of patients who have been subjected to unreasonable delay in medical treatment or denial of authorization for specialized surgical procedures. Ms. Grabarsky's expertise is based on her nine years of experience as a cost-containment analyst for major insurance companies and large self-insured employers in California. While attending law school on scholarships, she worked full-time in the insurance industry. She recognized the myriad of ways the claims process can go wrong. She handled medical claim reviews, property and casualty claim valuations, and attended hearings on behalf of insurance carriers. Early in her legal career, she worked for insurance defense firms handling property, casualty and medical malpractice cases.  But after her first Superior Court jury trial victory representing a plaintiff, she realized that her heart was not in defending big insurance companies. For nearly a decade, she has been representing policyholders exclusively in their fights to obtain wrongfully denied insurance benefits. She assures her former colleagues at the insurance companies that she sleeps better now, knowing she is working on "the right side" of battles with big insurance bureaucracy.

Ms. Grabarsky is Lead Counsel Rated and has been featured as the insurance law expert at national conferences for the disability community. She has authored articles about Individual Disability Insurance and ERISA issues, has served as guest speaker on professional liability panels at law schools, and has addressed physicians and patients regarding medical insurance issues. She has lectured on medical cost-containment and disability management issues for claims professionals.

She was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at her alma mater, Western State University, where she received her J.D. cum laude and was a law review editor. During law school, she had the honor of serving as a Judicial Extern for Presiding Justice David G. Sills, of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District.

Ms. Grabarsky's pro bono activities focus on advocacy for at-risk children.  She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster youth with extraordinary challenges. 

Ms. Grabarsky is admitted to practice in all California State and Federal District Courts. She is a member of the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, The Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Consumer Attorneys of California, and the Joseph B. Campbell American Inn of Court.

Areas of Practice

  • Individual and group policyholders
  • Disability
  • Health
  • Casualty
  • Business Insurance

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

Education

  • Western State University College of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. cum laude - 1999
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Awards in Torts, Legal Writing, Criminal Procedure
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Federal Income Taxation
    • Honors: President, Student Bar Association, Inter-Organizational Council
    • Honors: National Dean's List
    • Honors: Who's Who of American Law Students
    • Law Review: Western State Law Review, Editor
  • University of the Philippines
    • B.A. magna cum laude

Classes/Seminars

  • Guest Speaker, Professional Liability Panels, Law Schools
  • Lecturer, Medical Cost Containment and Disability Management Issues, Claims Professionals
  • Adjunct Professor, Western State University

Honors and Awards

  • Serving as a Judicial Extern for Presiding Justice David G. Sills, of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • State Bar of California, The Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, and the Joseph B. Campbell American Inn of Court

Past Employment Positions

  • Insurance Companies, Cost-Containment Analyst
  • California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Presiding Justice David G. Sills, Judicial Extern
  • Western State University College of Law, Adjunct Professor

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