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Alicia Paulino-Grisham

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Alicia Paulino-Grisham, Esq. is a founding partner of Paulino-Grisham, Smith & Chmielarz, P.A., DI Law Group and concentrates her practice on representing claimants in private and group disability insurance claims, as well as representing individuals wrongfully denied coverage in life, long-term care, and health insurance claims. Ms. Paulino-Grisham has extensive experience in aggressively fighting for the rights of her clients at all stages in their insurance claim process, including pre-litigation claim resolution, state and federal litigation, and appellate practice. She has written numerous articles on both private and ERISA disability insurance claims. Ms. Paulino-Grisham has been featured numerous times on Good Morning America for her representation of clients in complex ERISA disability insurance matters, her successful work in obtaining life insurance benefits for a frustrated family, and again for championing an amendment to the federal statute, ERISA that will provide claimants with more protection and hold insurance companies accountable for egregious delay and denial tactics. She has been interviewed by and contributed to several national and local news stations and publications on the subjects of disability, life, long-term care, and health insurance claims. During the September 2010 Senate Hearing on ERISA insurance claims, two of Ms. Paulino-Grisham's successful disability insurance cases were discussed at length by Senator Max Baucus. Ms. Paulino-Grisham helped parity advocates create language for Florida's Oral Chemotherapy Parity Bill. She has been a guest speaker for numerous advocacy groups, specialty groups, medical associations and facilities, and financial advisors on the subject of insurance benefit claims and litigation, including the American Conference Institute, the Eighth International Conference on Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, the Susan G. Komen South Florida Legislative Initiative, the American Chiropractic Association, and the Florida Chiropractic Physicians Association. Ms. Paulino-Grisham is an invited member of the American Alliance of Disability Insurance Attorneys, serves on the Board of Directors of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, and is a member of the South Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, American Association for Justice, and American Bar Association.

 

Areas of Practice

  • Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Professional Athletes & Disability Claims
  • Filing a Claim for an Eating Disorder
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance Attorneys

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

Education

  • St Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida
    • J.D.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: President of Moot Court, Member of Mock Trial, Deans List all semesters, 12 book awards
  • Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
    • B.A.
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Deans List all semesters
    • Major: Political Science

News Interviews & Publications

  • Cosmopolitan Magazine Interview, June 2015
  • Orthodontic CYBERjournal, “Don’t be tricked by your disability insurance carrier,” February 2012
  • Florida Weekly, “Chemo Gets Easier,” September 2011
  • Good Morning America Contribution: Standard Insurance Company’s common use of unreliable and frequently hired medical reviewers, February 2009
  • Good Morning America Interview: Life Insurance Claim and Third Party Administrators, January 2009
  • Good Morning America Interview: “Denied: Fight for Insurance Coverage,” June 2008
  • Good Morning America Interview: Cigna Disability Insurance Delay and Denial Tactics, April 2008
  • Palm Beach Post Interview: Short-Term Disability Insurance, July 2007
  • Dental Economics, “Don’t be hobbled by your disability insurance carrier,” October 2005
  • Don't Be Hobbled By Your Disability Insurance Carrier, Dental Economics, 2005

Presentations & Continuing Education Sessions

  • American Conference Institute’s National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 2018
  • American Conference Institute’s 20th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, Miami, Florida, February 2017
  • American Conference Institute’s 19th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, Boston, Massachusetts, September 2016
  • American Conference Institute’s 18th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 2016
  • Florida Chiropractic Physician Association, Annual Conference, February 2016
  • American Chiropractic Association, National Chiropractic Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C., February 2016
  • The Renfew Center, Webinar: Learn to Navigate Insurance Coverage and Exercise your Rights, August 19, 2015
  • American Conference Institute’s 17th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2015
  • Komen Legislative Advocacy Session, South Florida Division, 2010
  • Palm Beach Dental Association, Winter Meeting, Florida, 2009
  • Breast Cancer Support Group, West Palm Beach, Florida, 2008, 2009
  • Breast Cancer Support Group, Delray Beach, Florida, 2007
  • Eighth International Conference on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2007
  • Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Advocacy Group, Understanding the Disability Insurance Process, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2006
  • Eighth International Conference on Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, Guest Speaker

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • South Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Member, 2006 to Present
  • Lantana Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, 2007 to Present
  • Florida Bar Association, Member
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • American Alliance of Disability Insurance Attorneys, Invited Member
  • American Association of Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, Board Member