Amar Raval

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Amar is a talented attorney with a diverse range of experience. At Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, LLP, Amar focuses on insurance bad faith claims, ERISA claims, business, and personal injury litigation. Amar has achieved notable results in each of these areas, including nine trial verdicts and numerous high-dollar settlements.

Amar is an active member of the South Asian Bar Association where he has served as President, President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary. In 2017, he served on the National Convention Award Committee and the National Convention CLE Programming Committee. Amar is also a member of the Texas Bar College, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, and the State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section. He is also a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Amar is a graduate of Loyola Law School and is licensed to practice in both Texas and California. He received his Bachelor of Science from Houston Baptist University in 2000. Before joining Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, LLP in 2017, Amar was a partner at Plummer | Raval. Before that, Amar began his career in Houston with Plummer & Associates in 2004.

Representative Experience

  • 2017, Ariana v. Humana Health Plan of Texas, Inc., 854 F.3d 753 (5th Cir. 2017): 5th Circuit panel wrote a “special concurrence” requestingthefullCourtreevaluate if it should remain the only Circuit court in the country that reviews ERISA factual determinations with an abuse of discretion standard of review. The en banc Court held oral argument on September 19, 2017.
  • 2017, Ariana v. Humana Health Plan of Texas, Inc., 854 F.3d 753 (5th Cir. 2017): 5th Circuit panel wrote a “special concurrence” requesting the full Court reevaluate if it should remain the only Circuit court in the country that reviews ERISA factual determinations with an abuse of discretion standard of review. The en banc Court held oral argument on September 19, 2017.
  • 2017, Prashant v. Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston, et al, No. 4:16-CV-1459 (S.D. Tex. Feb. 22, 2017): Court ruled that Texas law applies to because Texas wants to, and should be able to, regulate the insurance policies sold to its citizens. Texas ban on discretionary clauses in insurance policies is enforceable.
  • 2017, represented claimant in confidential arbitration between former husband and wife over post-divorce asset distribution. Settled favorably on eve of hearing.
  • 2015, Hamsher v. North Cypress Medical Center Operating Company, Limited, No. 14-20576, 2015 WL 4547720 (5th Cir. 2015): 5th Circuit heard an appeal from former nurse insured by North Cypress over whether her employer abused its discretion in denying her health insurance claim. Court overruled District Court’s denial and granted summary judgement for Hamsher.
  • 2010, Fuller v. Hartford, ERISA Long Term Disability claim settled following litigation.
  • 2010, Urbanski v. Hartford, ERISA Long Term Disability claim settled following litigation.
  • 2009, Huggins v. SunLife, ERISA Short Term and Long Term Disability claim reinstated after litigation. Lump sum payment and future benefits until age 65.
  • 2009, Irish v. Reliance Standard, ERISA Long Term Disability claim settled following litigation.
  • 2008, Pevey v. Lincoln Financial, Non-ERISA Long Term Disability Claim reinstated following appeal. Lump Sum payment with future benefits until age 65.
  • 2007, Peters v. CIGNA, ERISA Long Term Disability claim settled following litigation.
  • 2006, Johnson v. The Standard, ERISA Long Term Disability Claim settled following litigation.

Publications

  • “Fibromyalgia: What Your Doctor Needs to Know”, The Fibromyalgia Connection, 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • “Hazards, Hurdles, and Pitfalls: How to Avoid Malpractice in ERISA Claims”, Houston Northwest Bar Association, 2017
  • “Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure”, South Asian Bar Association of Houston, 2016
  • “Hazards, Hurdles, and Pitfalls: How to Avoid Malpractice in ERISA Claims”, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 2015

Community Activities

  • Bellaire Board of Adjustment, 2013-2017
  • Chinmaya Mission Houston, 10th grade teacher, 2016-2017

Areas of Practice

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