Kristina N. Holmstrom is a litigation partner focusing mostly on defending insurance companies in the life, health, disability and property areas. She is licensed in Arizona and Nevada and litigates extensively in both states.
Kristina has significant experience representing claim administrators and plan administrators in all aspects of ERISA litigation, including disability, life, and health insurance. For her ERISA clients, she has successfully opposed discovery motions, obtained summary judgment on administrative and bankruptcy issues, and won judgment on the administrative record. She keeps up-to-date on the rapidly developing and often conflicting ERISA opinions coming out of the Ninth Circuit so she can help her clients develop the most appropriate defense strategy.
Kristina regularly represents insurers outside of ERISA as well in coverage, bad faith, and rescission lawsuits. She has defended a wide variety of coverage disputes, including life, disability, property and casualty, as well as various types of business insurance. In addition to general coverage disputes, she has experience examining the suitability of various life insurance products, including whole life policies and premium-financed life insurance plans. Beyond litigation, Kristina also renders coverage opinions, including opinions for insurers and business owners covering a wide range of potential liabilities.
Kristina also has experience with litigation involving insurance agents and brokers, including malpractice, misrepresentation, and wrongful termination cases.
Additionally, Kristina has experience litigating matters outside the insurance context. She began her career at Meyer Hendricks & Bivens, a boutique commercial litigation firm. Since then, she has helped large companies, small businesses and individuals resolve complicated commercial and contract disputes. These matters have involved independent contractors, service contracts and trade secrets. She is a full service litigator, assisting clients through the entire litigation process, including removals, discovery (with an emphasis on protecting confidential business information), motion practice, trial, post-trial motions, and appeals.
Kristina frequently takes on pro bono cases involving immigration, prisoners’ rights, and other civil/constitutional rights.