Gianelli & Morris are Los Angeles insurance lawyers helping victims who have been denied for their insurance claims and bad faith insurance
Gianelli & Morris is a leading California law firm concentrating in insurance denials and bad faith. When insurance policyholders have their claims denied or can’t get the coverage they need, they bring their case to Gianelli & Morris. We take on the biggest cases and get results. Our cases have forced insurance companies to change the way they respond to claims, and our lawyers have caused insurance companies to change the types of conditions they’ll cover. If you’re being treated unfairly by your insurance company, call Gianelli & Morris for a free consultation.
A lot of people don’t think there is anything they can do if their insurance claim is denied. Even the average lawyer doesn’t really know what can be done in these situations. Insurance companies seem to have an entire library of documentation behind their decisions about whether a particular treatment is covered under the policy. No question these are hard cases, but you don’t have to be intimidated by the insurance giants and their mountains of paperwork. We have slayed these giants time and again. When insurance companies deny treatment based on their interpretation of policy, their decision can affect countless others in the same situation. We stand up for our clients and the untold multitudes who are not getting the test, drug or procedure they need.
Timothy J. Morris has more than 30 years of experience representing policyholders in state and federal trial and appellate courts in disputes arising over claims, an insurer’s duty to defend, and other policy benefits, premiums, and rescissions. Over the years, he has successfully handled individual and class action lawsuits against health insurers and HMOs, mutual insurance companies, and disability, life, property and liability carriers.
Joshua Davis has more than 15 years of experience handling difficult and complex litigation matters. For many years he worked at a national law firm defending insurance companies in multi-million dollar coverage disputes with their policyholders in state and federal courts around the United States. Now Mr. Davis uses that extensive experience to help policyholders recover from their insurance companies.
Mr. Davis’ practice includes professional liability, errors & omissions, directors and officers (D&O), annuities, commercial general liability (CGL), life, long-term care, disability, health, auto and fidelity bonds.
Adrian Barrio is an accomplished litigation attorney with over 15 years of experience. He has a proven track record of success at all levels, including several published decisions in state and federal court.
Mr. Barrio received his B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. Upon graduating from law school in 1997, he served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
His career highlight include amassing eight published decisions in state and federal court favorable to his clients and their industries, including published decisions in the California Supreme Court and Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Barrio has an extensive and deep knowledge of California and federal civil law and procedure, across a broad spectrum of subject areas. His areas of expertise include but are not limited to: product liability, intellectual property (copyright and trademark), consumer, premises liability, professional liability, public entity liability, contract and indemnity. While at Gianelli & Morris he has been working on insurance class action matters.
Loring Rose has over ten years experience litigating cases at both the state and federal court level. He is an accomplished lawyer with success in difficult, complex litigation matters. He is practice is now devoted to exclusively protecting the rights of California Policyholders at Gianelli and Morris.
Mr. Rose has significant experience litigating in specialty legal areas including real estate, franchise, copyright and healthcare.
Rob Gianelli has established himself as a leading California attorney in prosecuting insurance class actions and individual insurance “bad faith” cases. He has represented policyholders in a wide range of disputes: health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, property insurance, and others.
Mr. Gianelli received one of California Lawyer magazine’s 2015 Attorney of the Year (CLAY) awards for his work as lead attorney in a class action against Kaiser for its refusal to provide certain types of treatment for autistic children. Arce v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Los Angeles Superior Court No. BC 388689. For his work on this case, Mr. Gianelli was also chosen as a 2014 Finalist for the Consumer Attorney of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of California.
In 2017, Mr. Gianelli won a $7.2 million jury verdict in a case against a managed care company over its failure to provide a Health Net member with a timely referral to a surgeon. LaRue v. Health Net of California, Inc. et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court No. BC566095.
In 2015 Mr. Gianelli won a class action trial against Kaiser for its violation of California’s reconstructive surgery law. Gallimore v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. Alameda County Superior Court No. RG12-616206. Thousands of Kaiser members will now be entitled to excess skin surgery following massive weight loss from successful bariatric surgery. This will result in a benefit of more than $150 million for Kaiser members in the coming years.
In 2011 Mr. Gianelli was chosen as a Finalist for the Consumer Attorney of the Year in a case where he represented a class of 7,700 senior citizens who were sold deceptive annuities. Stephens v. American Equity Investment Life Ins. Co., San Luis Obispo Superior Court Case No. CV040965. Mr. Gianelli was successful in winning phase one of a trial in that matter for $15.4 million which ultimately resulted in a total settlement of $47,000,000.
Mr. Gianelli has been appointed lead counsel in a number of other significant insurance class actions, including: Hill v. United HealthCare Insurance Company (C.D. Cal) Case No. 8:15-CV-00526 DOC; Vaccarino v. Midland National Life Insurance Company (C.D. Cal.) Case No. 11-CV-5858 CAS; Escalante v. California Physicians’ Service (C.D. Cal.) Case No. 14-CV-3021; Peterman v. North American Co. for Life & Health, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC 357194; Bath v. Blue Shield of California, San Luis Obispo Superior Court Case No. CV070360; Iorio v. Allianz Life Ins. Co. of N. America (S.D. Cal.) Case No. 05-CV-0633 IEG; Chastain v. Union Security Life Ins. Co. (C.D. Cal.) Case No. 06-CV-5885 ABC; and Kavruck v. Blue Cross of California, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC 160180.
Mr. Gianelli has also been the attorney for the policyholder in a number of published decisions relating to class actions and insurance matters. These cases include: Escalante v. Blue Shield of California (C.D. Cal. 2015) 309 F.R.D. 612; Rodriguez v. Blue Cross of Calif. (2008) 162 Cal.App.4th 33; Kavruck v. Blue Cross of California (2003) 108 Cal.App.4th 773; IT Corp. v. General American(9th Cir. 1997) 107 F.3d 1415; American States Ins. Co. v. Borbor (9th Cir. 1987) 826 F.2d 888.
Mr. Gianelli is a Contributing Editor to the Rutter Group California Practice Guide Insurance Litigation, California’s leading insurance practice guide. He has also acted as an Adjunct Professor teaching Insurance Law at Whittier Law School and La Verne University School of Law.