LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kantor & Kantor LLP announced today that San Francisco legal newspaper The Recorder selected partner Lisa Kantor as one of its 2011 Attorneys of the Year, a list that recognizes the significant accomplishments of California attorneys who made headlines in 2011 for notable achievements in court or on a major deal. Ms. Kantor was honored for her win in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of client Jeanene Harlick, whom Blue Shield denied benefits for treatment in a residential facility. The court ruled that under California's Mental Health Parity Statute, California insurers must cover all medically necessary treatment for the nine mental health conditions the parity statute enumerates, including bulimia and anorexia.
To salute the Harlick victory, New Dawn Eating Disorder Recovery Center is hosting a reception in Ms. Kantor's honor January 13, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its San Francisco facility, 1946 California St.
"We are inviting eating disorder professionals, families struggling with or in recovery from the effects of this devastating disease, the media, and anyone from the public interested in learning more about overcoming eating disorders," said Elizabeth Pontious, New Dawn's Director of Marketing. "Lisa Kantor is holding insurance companies responsible for mental health parity, and for that she is our champion."
Ms. Kantor is among only 30 lawyers The Recorder chose to receive the award for their exemplary work this year. Her profile will appear with the other honorees in the February 20 edition of the newspaper.
"Lisa is extremely gratified by the attention the Harlick decision has received, particularly since it spotlights insurance carriers' illegal actions denying residential treatment for eating disorders," said Glenn Kantor, who established Kantor & Kantor along with his wife Lisa to combat insurer abuse. "Denials for eating disorder treatment have been rife for more than 20 years, but it's taken Lisa's dedication in pursuing this issue to the appellate court to put a stop to them."
For more information about Lisa Kantor and legal assistance for eating disorders, follow this link: http://www.kantorlaw.net/Areas_of_Practice/Eating_Disorders.aspx, or follow Lisa Kantor at http://eatingdisorderlegalassistance.wordpress.com/.
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