San Francisco, California 94105
Mr. Braunstein is a Partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, and a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation, Healthcare, ERISA Benefits Litigation, and Securities and Financial Litigation Practice Groups, as well as the firm’s Health Care Fraud and Provider Billing Litigation Specialty Team. Working across-departments, practices areas and specialty teams, Mr. Braunstein provides valued and trusted advice and representation to local, national, and multinational clients in the healthcare, insurance, employee benefits, financial services, real estate, construction, and global defense industries.
Mr. Braunstein has niche expertise representing welfare benefit plans and other payors in healthcare reimbursement and provider billing litigation under ERISA, RICO and state law, with a particular emphasis on “fraud, waste, and abuse” litigation.
Mr. Braunstein also has substantial expertise representing insurers in complex coverage disputes, extra-contractual claims and litigation concerning life insurance, annuities, business property and commercial general liability policies, builder’s risk policies, hurricane and catastrophe claims, and business interruption coverages.
Mr. Braunstein’s diverse practice has also included representation of real estate and mortgage service providers, construction contractors, private global defense contractors, investment and financial service advisors, bank depositors, and businesses engaged in international shipping and commerce.
Mr. Braunstein has successfully litigated hundreds of individual and/or class action contract, tort and statutory claims on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts throughout California and beyond, including trials and appeals, and in matters set for arbitration before FINRA.
Each year since 2009, Mr. Braunstein has been recognized by Northern California Super Lawyers as a business litigation "Rising Star," an exclusive designation awarded to only 2.5% of qualified attorneys.
Mr. Braunstein serves as the Membership Vice-Chair of the ABA TIPS Section Life Insurance Committee, which works closely with the TIPS Section Health & Disability and Employee Benefits Committees.
Mr. Braunstein is actively involved in his community. Among other pursuits, Mr. Braunstein leads the San Francisco office's participation in Food From the Bar, a joint collaboration between the Bar Association of San Francisco and the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank to fight hunger and feed low-income seniors, children, and working poor families.
|Areas of Practice||1) Commercial Litigation, 2) Business Torts, 3) Contract Disputes, 4) Insurance, 5) Real Estate Litigation, 6) Securities & Financial Litigation, 7) Commercial Class Action Defense, 8) Trade Secrets, 9) Computer Fraud & Non-Competes and 10) Fraud and Abuse|
|Law School||University of California, Davis School of Law (J.D., 2003)|
|Education||University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 2000)|
|Bar Member / Association||California State Bar Association|
|Most recent firm||Seyfarth Shaw LLP|
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