Provides Opinion & Testimony In:
Life Expectancy Calculation, Life Insurance, Life Insurance Underwriting, Life Insurance Risk Assessment, Risk Assessment, Biostatistics, Actuarial, Misrepresentation, Underwriting, Personal Injury, Trauma, Wrongful Death, Structured Settlement, Insurance, Bad Faith, Claims, Epidemiology, MedMal Calculations, Biostatistician
Expert No. 2280
Expert 2280 is an epidemiologist with over 30 years of experience in the life and health insurance industries. She is one of the leading mortality experts in the life insurance industry. She conducts cutting-edge cohort mortality studies for insurance risk assessment, and writes underwriting manuals and policy and procedure manuals for life and health insurance companies.
Expert 2280 has testified in both state and federal court, and has been retained in over 100 cases since 2006 for plaintiffs and defense on an equal basis. She is very credible testifying in deposition and on the stand.
Life expectancy calculations to the standards of the life insurance and life settlement industries. These life expectancies are personalized and accurate, with all risk factors including criminal activity, substance abuse, medical conditions and risky behavior investigated. All of this information is entered into evidence. In addition, by use of Rule 703, these life expectancies can get previously excluded evidence of these risk factors re-admitted (see publication for details). These methods used to calculate life expectancy have been accepted in federal court after a Daubert challenge, and have been successfully used in both state and federal court.
- Expert in bad faith/wrongful denial of life/health insurance claims.
- Expert in life/health insurance underwriting material misrepresentation.
- Expert in medical risk assessment and underwriting issues.
- Expert in life insurance underwriting policies and procedures.
- Approved life expectancy expert with the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Active consultant to the life insurance industry doing cutting-edge mortality studies and underwriting manuals.
- Over 100 articles published on mortality research and underwriting.
- Friendly, clear, concise, objective and quantitative.
Education and Professional Certifications
MSPH University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Occupational Epidemiology, 1981
BA, The Johns Hopkins University, Public Health, 1979
FALU, Fellow of the Academy of Life Underwriting, 1998
ELS, Editor in the Life Sciences, 2003
Principal, Consulting, Inc., 1989 to Present
Providing life insurance and related industry underwriting and market research, product development,
business development and technology, underwriting education and training, and litigation support to multinational clients, including:
AIG American General Life Cos.
American Family Life Insurance Co.
Bank of America
Canada Life Reinsurance
Charles Schwab & Co.
Clinical Reference Laboratory
EMSI (formerly PMSI)
Farmers Mutual Insurance Co.
Federal Home Loan Bank (San Francisco)
First Financial Underwriting Services
General American Life Insurance Co.
Golden Gateway Financial
Hank George, Inc.
Health Net of California
HSBC Insurance Services
Independent Order of Foresters
Life Settlement Consulting & Management
Los Angeles County Crime Laboratories
Mutual of Omaha
North Coast Opportunities
On The Risk – The Journal of the Academy of Life Underwriting
PartnerRe Life (formerly Winterthur Life Reinsurance)
Protective Life Insurance Co.
Safe Harbor Resources
Sagicor Financial Corporation
Society of Actuaries
Thomson Management Solutions
U.S. Department of Justice
Wells Fargo Bank
Western Reserve Life Assurance Co. of Ohio
Consulting Projects – Underwriting
•Structured Settlement Underwriting Manual, 2008 to Present Developing underwriting manual for structured settlements based on current processes.
•Life Claims Audit, 2007 Performed random selection of cases and designed case data extraction sheet for large life insurance claims study.
•Critical Illness and Disability Income Training, 2006 Prepared and presented training to life underwriters in critical illness and disability income underwriting.
•Underwriting Manual Research and Writing, 2006 Adaptation of traditional life underwriting manual for simplified life, disability and waiver of premium products.
•Life Settlement Experience Analysis, 2006 Analysis of life settlement mortality to determine predictive factors.
•Life Underwriting Requirements Research, 2004 to Present Providing methodologies, analysis and write-up of insurance testing laboratory data to initiate new products and services.
•Life Underwriting Research, 2001 to 2003 Constructed life tables from medical literature to validate life underwriting guidelines. Produced quantitative and qualitative life underwriting manual guidance.
•Life Settlement Underwriting Research, 1998 to 2004 Provided model and design of automated life expectancy calculation system, data collection instruments, evaluation scoring and impairment risk factor weights.
•Insurance Services Product Development, 1997 to 1998 Provided analysis of disease mortality, incidence and prevalence to develop new insurance services product.
•Pension Underwriting Research, 1994 Provided biostatistical research basis to a multinational consortium for a new type of impaired risk European pension product.
Consulting Projects – Business Development and Technology
•Simplified Products Survey and Report, 2005 Conducted survey of top-selling simplified products for underwriting and business process lessons learned.
•New Business Process Review and Optimization, 2004 to 2005 Examined current life new business processes to identify opportunities for decreasing redundancies, handoffs, and inefficiencies.
•Underwriting Decision Software Development, 2004 to 2005 Product and market development of life underwriting software that uses advanced logic engine
•Freelance Writing and Editing, 2004 Editing and writing summaries of medical articles, medical conferences, and insurance topics for physicians and consumers.
•Underwriting Operations Annual Report, 2004 Assisted in editing, writing and analysis of metrics presented in life underwriting operations report for 2003.
•Business Process Improvement, 2003 Interviewed underwriting and business support staff to prepare future improvement in life insurance business process workflow.
•Online Article Search and Sale Facility, 2002 to Present Design and data input of life underwriting trade journal online keyword search and article sale facility.
•Life Insurance Market Research Study, 2002 to 2003 Designed, managed and analyzed life insurance survey of business process improvements through the use of underwriting expert system software.
•Insurance Inspection Service Market Research Survey, 2000 Designed survey instruments, maintained database, and analyzed client satisfaction in market research study of insurance inspection services.
Consulting Projects – Banking
•Enterprise Technology Plan, 2000 Collaborated on design of three-year technology plan for a Federal bank.
•Financial Services Experience Analysis and Strategy, 1995 to 1998 Provided statistical analysis and models to select business and consumer customers for acquisition and retention programs. Estimated bank account life expectancies using actuarial life table methods.
•Human Resources Automation Plan, 1993 Collaborated in development of plan and prototype for automated human resources management.
Associate Editor, Journal of the Academy of Life Underwriting, 2004-Present
Contributing Editor, Journal of the Academy of Life Underwriting, 1994-1997
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Oakland, California
Medical Economics and Statistics, 1988 to 1989
Converted community-based pricing approach to experience-based rating for a $2.5 billion premium enterprise. Conducted underwriting market study of 20,000 employers. Conducted analyses to determine competitive pricing for 2+ million member optical and pharmaceutical programs.
Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Company, Los Angeles, California
New Business Underwriting Research, 1985 to 1988
Provided analysis of company data and medical literature to support management and underwriting decisions. Developed original methods for actuarial analyses now used for automated systems underwriting $1.5 billion in annual business.
Lincoln National Reinsurance, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Underwriting Research, 1982 to 1985
Provided analysis of company data and medical literature to support management and underwriting decisions.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Department of Biostatistics, 1981 to 1982
Performed statistical analyses for multinational clinical trials.
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, Ohio
Industrywide Studies Branch, Biometry Section, Summer 1980
Performed proportionate mortality analysis of death certificate data for evidence of excess brain tumors among petrochemical workers. Performed analysis of medical records for evidence of excess birth anomalies among railroad workers exposed to dioxin.
Software and Other Skills
•SAS Mainframe, SPSS Personal Computer
•Litigation support for cases involving medical history misrepresentation, life expectancy calculations
Available Upon Request
Publications – Insurance
Available Upon Request
Publications – Business, Health and Other
Available Upon Request