Jenny H. Wang represents national corporations doing business in California. She focuses her practice in commercial litigation, having litigated cases involving alleged unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, and suitability of financial investments. A number of Ms. Wang's clients are insurance companies, and she has successfully represented life, health and disability insurers against first-party claims of breach of contract, bad faith, negligence and fraud. Additionally, she has represented workers’ compensation insurance carriers in coverage and premium disputes with insureds. Ms. Wang’s practice also includes ERISA-governed benefits litigation, including cases involving employee claims for long-term disability benefits under employer-sponsored benefit plans, including claims of alleged abuse of discretion afforded to ERISA plan fiduciaries. In addition, Ms. Wang has counseled corporate clients in employer-employee disputes and serves on the firm's national team that helps large employers manage administrative charges.
Ms. Wang represents institutions at the state, federal and appellate court levels. She has obtained favorable results for her clients in every phase of litigation, including at the pleading stage, by way of motions for summary judgment, early mediation, trial, post-trial and appeal.
Ms. Wang is a member of the Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP Diversity Committee.
Ms. Wang joined Hinshaw in October 2014 as a result of the merger of Hinshaw and the Los Angeles-based firm of Barger & Wolen LLP.
- The State Bar of California
- Defense Research Institute
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellow (2015)
- Korean-American Bar Association
A selection of Ms. Wang's representative matters includes:
- Tried cases to verdict in both state and federal courts and has obtained a money judgment in favor of her client insurer following a jury trial on its insurance fraud claim and the insured’s counterclaims for breach of contract and bad faith.
- Briefed and argued dispositive motions that have served to eliminate claims against her clients for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing and punitive damages.
- Obtained rulings in her client’s favor in cases involving the interpretation of "appropriate care" as set forth in disability policies that condition benefits on the receipt of appropriate care.
- Obtained judgments in favor of her clients in cases involving interpretation of what constitutes "sickness" versus "accidental bodily injury" within the meaning of insurance policies that provide different levels of benefits for claims due to either sickness or injury.
- Successfully pursued ERISA-preemption of state law claims asserted against insurers, resulting in the elimination of claims for extracontractual damages.
- Blocked attempts by claimants to litigate ERISA-governed claims without having exhausted their administrative remedies.
- Obtained orders precluding attempts by ERISA claimants to conduct discovery outside of the administrative record.
- Leslie v. United of Omaha Life Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154871 (C.D. Cal. 2014), aff’d, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 19348 (9th Cir. 2016)
- Carey v. United of Omaha Life Ins. Co., 1 F. Supp. 3d 1039; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29155 (C.D. Cal. 2014)
- National Life Ins. Co., et al. v. Saks, (C.D. Cal. Case No. LACV 07 3061, May 2013)
- Bilezikjian v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America, 692 F. Supp. 2d 1203 (C.D. Cal. 2010), aff’d at 2011 U.S. App. Lexis 14664 (9th Cir. July 14, 2011)
- Mastaler v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America, 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 21725 (S.D. Cal. Feb. 22, 2012)
- Williams v. Prudential Ins. Co. of America, 2007 WL 3407425 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 13, 2007)
- Kirsh v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America, 2002 WL 1293016 (Cal. 2nd App. Dist. June 12, 2002)
Ms. Wang's publications include being co-author of "ERISA Long Term Disability Claim Barred by Failure to Exhaust Administrative Remedies," published in DRI's The Voice, May 22, 2014.
- February 6, 2015
- SCOTUS Rules: Right or Wrong, Arbitrator's Interpretation Stands
- An Employee's Umbrella Insurance Policy Must Be Exhausted before Seeking Contribution from Policies Covering the Employer
- The Words "Accidental Bodily Injury" in a Disability Insurance Policy Connote an Injury Produced by a Sudden Event
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Employment Law Observer
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1997
B.A., magna cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles, 1994