Katherine A. Scanlon
Katherine A. Scanlon practices commercial litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. She has extensive experience representing insurance industry clients including life insurance and annuity product litigation and regulatory issues. Kathy’s experience includes secondary market issues relating to structured settlement annuities and life settlements, ERISA litigation, as well as litigation involving a variety of annuity products. Kathy also handles insurance coverage litigation pertaining to data loss and cyber coverage issues.
Kathy frequently handles concurrent litigation in multiple forums relating to annuity payment liability and acts as national coordinator counsel for insurers, overseeing such litigation. She counsels clients on how to avoid liability relating to secondary market issues in matters from Connecticut to California.
Kathy recently worked with Symetra Life Insurance Company, which was facing potential liability caused by a secondary market company’s use of arbitration to avoid statutes that regulate transfers of structured settlement annuity payments. After filing an action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Kathy successfully obtained a permanent injunction on behalf of Symetra against such use of arbitration, and more recently successfully defended a related interlocutory appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Prior to joining Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP, Kathy practiced for several years in the litigation department of an international law firm. Upon graduating law school, Kathy was a law clerk at the Connecticut Appellate Court. She also worked for the Connecticut Judicial Branch for four years prior to graduating law school. Kathy engages in such “relaxing” activities as long-distance running and competing in triathlons in her spare time.
- Insurance Coverage and Cyber Insurance Litigation
- Life Insurance Product Litigation
- Complex Civil Litigation
- Appellate Advocacy
- University of Connecticut, B.A.
- University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D.
Admitted to Practice
- United States District Court, District of Connecticut
- United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- Member, Advisory Committee, Connecticut Attorney Assistance Program
- Associate member, National Structured Settlements Trade Association
Publications and Events
- Co-Author, “Why Specialized or ‘Industry’ Lawyers Effectively Handle Appeals,” Certworthy, Vol. 12, Issue 2, October 15, 2010
- Anti-STOLI Legislation, (reprinted with permission of Thomson Reuters). (PDF)
- Successfully defended appeal before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals concerning issues of FAA preemption and the McCarran-Ferguson Act. See Symetra Life Ins. Co. v. Rapid Settlements, Ltd., --F.3d--, 2009 WL 1277736 (5th Cir. May 11, 2009).
- Obtained permanent injunction on behalf of life insurance company, enjoining use of arbitration to violate state statutes governing transfers of structured settlement annuity payments. See Symetra Life Ins. Co. v. Rapid Settlements, Ltd., 599 F. Supp. 2d 809 (S.D. Tex. 2008).
- Successfully assert statutory and contractual rights of insurers and annuity obligors in various venues. See e.g., In re: J.G.
- Wentworth, S.C.C., 2002 WL 33006575 (Ohio Prob. Ct., Jan. 14, 2002); In re: Transfer of Structured Settlement Payment Rights by Phillips, 2005 WL 2009405 (Pa. Com. Pl., Jul. 22, 2005).