Kerri A. Neitzel, MnCP

Paralegal

With strong investigatory and research skills, Kerri enjoys finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. Her natural curiosity compliments her ability to analyze and summarize complicated information, breaking down the information into smaller pieces to aide strategy. Specifically, Kerri excels at reviewing and interpreting medical and insurance records.

Clients and colleagues appreciate her patience and flexibility, as the role of the paralegal is fluid. Kerri is extremely thorough and prides herself on having well thought-out responses.

Outside of work, Kerri enjoys bicycling in Minneapolis with her husband and three children, attending their sporting events, and spending time outdoors.

  • Key Practice and Industry Experience
  • Representative Matters
  • Professional Associations
  • Recognitions and Honors

Key Practice Experience

  • ERISA
  • Health care and insurance litigation
  • Life and disability insurance claims litigation
  • Stop-loss and reinsurance
  • Labor and employment

Representative Matters

  • Hall v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. and Dennis Lynn Hall II, No. 11-1269, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6738 (D. Minn. Jan 15, 2013) (no abuse of discretion by insurer in denying claim for life insurance benefits based upon submission of purported beneficiary designation documents not in compliance with plan provisions)
  • Rice v. ReliaStar, Case No. 3:11- cv-44 (M.D. La. Nov. 27, 2012) (granting summary judgment to ReliaStar on plaintiffs’ claim for accidental death benefits where decedent was killed during stand-off with police)
  • Security Life of Denver Ins. Co. v. Shah, CV411-088, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123225 (S.D. Ga. Aug. 29, 2012) (granting motions for interpleader and summary judgment on claimant’s counterclaim)
  • Haney v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., No. 4:10-0334 (S.D. Iowa July 11, 2012) (summary judgment granted in favor of insurer; decision terminating plan benefits deemed reasonable).
  • Marden v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., No. 1:11-cv-015, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77576 (D. N.D. June 5, 2012)(summary judgment granted based upon two-year limitation in plan requiring objective evidence of radiculopathy)
  • Stewart v. ReliaStar Life Ins. Co., No. 5:10-cv-959 (W.D. Tex. 2012) (granting summary judgment in accidental death case seeking benefits and alleging bad faith)
  • Collier v. ReliaStar Life Insurance Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 33577 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 13, 2012) (bad faith claims dismissed, jury trial held on claim for breach of policy terms)
  • Robertson v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., No. C11-32, 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 35507 (N.D. Iowa) (remand of claim)
  • Johnson v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., No. 27-cv-10-13391 (Henn. Cty. Mar. 10, 2011) (plaintiff’s motion to enforce settlement agreement seeking order compelling employer not to withhold taxes denied)
  • Mead v. ReliaStar Life Insurance Co., 755 F. Supp. 2d 515 (D. Vt. 2010) (summary judgment denied in part and granted in part)
  • Werb v. ReliaStar Life Insurance Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. Lexis 84627 (D. Minn. August 17, 2010) (summary judgment on general release denied)
  • Kenitzer v. ReliaStar Life Insurance Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5624 (D. Utah Jan. 19, 2011)(summary judgment granted in favor of insurer on the grounds that decision to terminate benefits because claimant did not obtain regular and appropriate care as required under the disability policy was not arbitrary and capricious)
  • Erickson v. ING Life Insurance & Annuity Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74231 (D. Id. July 22, 2010)(summary judgment granted on ERISA claims)
  • Jones v. ReliaStar Life Ins. Co., No. 09-1719, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 16421 (8th Cir. filed Aug. 9, 2010) (insurer properly calculated offset to disability benefits).
  • Barinova v. ReliaStar, (3rd Cir. 2010) (summary judgment upheld on appeal)
  • Frisk v. Met. Life Ins. Co.,(D. Minn. 2009) (summary judgment granted on ERISA claim in favor of insurer)
  • Sieveking v. ReliaStar Life Ins. Co., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52763 (S.D. Ind. June 23, 2009) (summary judgment on bad faith claim denied).

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Paralegal Association
  • National Federation of Paralegals Association
  • Minnesota Chapter of Women in eDiscovery

Community Engagement

  • Eastside Food Co-op, Board of Directors
  • Girl Scouts River Valley

Firm Involvement

  • Paralegal Professional Development Committee, Chair
  • Diversity Committee, past member
  • In house presentation, How to Effectively Utilize a Paralegal

Recognitions and Honors

  • Minnesota Certified Paralegal
  • Kroll OnTrack Intermediate and Advanced E-Discovery Certification (2011 and 2012)