Linda B. Oliver
Of Counsel
PROFILE
EXPERIENCE
AFFILIATIONS

Linda’s Profile

Linda is a member of the Insurance and Financial Services Litigation Practice Group.  She represents insurance companies, mortgage lenders and other business entities in litigation involving class actions, ERISA, life insurance and disability claims, bad faith, unfair competition, sales practices and agency termination. Linda has handled matters in many states, including California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.   

Prior to joining Maynard Cooper, Linda was a partner at a large international law firm.

Linda’s Experience

Insurance and Employee Benefits

  • Defended claims against life insurers selling universal life insurance policies in FINRA arbitrations
  • Defended life insurers in numerous consumer class actions involving claims that the fixed annuities were unsuitable for seniors and that their true costs were not disclosed during the sales process, resulting in settlements on a class-wide basis significantly below clients’ total pre-trial exposure, and defense of those settlements on appeal.  Also obtained a summary judgment for one insurer that assumed the business of another, insolvent insurer
  • Defended life insurer in disputes regarding agency termination through summary judgment and appeal; also investigated claims of employment discrimination and sexual harassment at captive agency resulting in a settlement without litigation
  • Defended life insurers in class actions involving claims that modal premium charges violate the terms of the insurance contract and state unfair and deceptive business practices statutes
  • Defended life insurers in disability and life insurance bad faith claims, including one trial to verdict after summary judgment on the extra-contractual claims
  • Defended many major life insurers in cases involving employee benefit claims under ERISA, including trials to verdict and appeals
  • Prosecuted cases for life insurers to rescind life insurance policies obtained with the intent to sell to third parties, resulting in settlements
  • Defended health insurers in class and individual actions in court and in arbitration alleging claims for violations of state unfair and deceptive business practices statutes and regulatory violations, including post-claim underwriting and premium billing practices, physician contracting and wrongfully denying coverage for experimental treatment
  • Defended automobile and homeowner insurers against bad faith claims and prepared coverage opinions for automobile and property claims
  • Defended long term care insurers in class and individual actions alleging improper claims handling or bad faith

Banking and Mortgage Servicing

  • Defended class actions and individual claims in court and in arbitration against banks, including many cases against reverse mortgage lenders alleging violation of unfair business practices statutes relating to shared appreciation loans
  • Prosecuted cases for banks against property insurers

Other

  • Defended two class actions involving construction defect claims against a metal manufacturer and an engineering company resulting in settlements
  • Successfully defended telecommunications company in unfair business practices class action alleging that it had rescinded arbitration provision in consumer contracts by winning summary judgment upheld on appeal
  • Obtained dismissal of consumer class action against food manufacturer alleging that “all natural” claims on packaging violated state unfair and deceptive business practices statutes
  • Defended manufactured home manufacturer and retailer in construction defect litigation

Pro Bono

  • Successfully represented two Yemeni women who affirmative petitioned for asylum based upon claims of forced marriage and fear of forced marriage
  • Represented veterans in Veteran’s Administration appeals of disability ratings based upon post-traumatic stress syndrome caused by service in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Represented tenants in eviction proceedings

Linda’s Affiliations & Civic Involvement

Affiliations

  • Association of Life Insurance Counsel
  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • Contributing Editor, “Handling Business Tort Cases,” Thomson Reuters 2016
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Editorial Board of West’s Insurance Litigation Reporter

Civic Involvement

  • YWCA Berkeley/Oakland, Board of Directors, 2012 to present
CONTACT
T 415.646.4707
F 205.714.6450
C 510.219.7750
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BAR ADMISSIONS
State Bar:California
U.S. District Court:California(Central, Eastern, Northern, Southern), Wisconsin(Eastern)
U.S. Court of Appeals:Ninth Circuit
EDUCATION
UCLA School of Law (1993, J.D., Editor, UCLA Law Review)
Cornell University (1986, B.A.)