Amar is a talented attorney with a diverse range of experience. At Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, LLP, Amar focuses on insurance bad faith claims, ERISA claims, business litigation, and personal injury litigation. Amar has achieved notable results in each of these areas, including nine trial verdicts, 5 published decisions by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and numerous high-dollar settlements.
Amar is an active member of the State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section, where he has served as Treasurer and Vice Chair. On a national level, Amar is a diversity fellow of the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division. Amar is active in the South Asian Bar Association of Houston where he served as President, President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary. He is also a member of the Texas Bar College, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, and Houston Bar Association. He is a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Amar is a graduate of Loyola Law School and is licensed to practice in both Texas and California. He received his Bachelor of Science from Houston Baptist University in 2000. Before joining Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, LLP in 2017, Amar was a partner at Plummer | Raval. Before that, Amar began his career in Houston with Plummer & Associates in 2004.
- Katherine P. v. Humana Health Plan, Inc., 959 F.3d 206 (5th Cir. 2020).
Argued before 5th Circuit regarding how to apply the de novo standard of review in an ERISA case involving denial of health insurance benefits for serious mental illness.
- Link to oral argument by Mr. Raval:
- More information about the case and opinion can be found here: https://www.healthpayerspecialist.com/c/2756783/338223/humana_suffers_legal_setback_eating_disorder_case_texas?referrer_module=issueHeadline&module_order=4
- Commentary about both Katherine P. v. Humana and Ariana M. v. Humana can be found here: https://www.healthpayerspecialist.com/pc/2648983/320683?all=true&referrer_module=article
- Link to oral argument by Mr. Raval:
- 2019, Benson v. MetLife, ERISA life insurance claim regarding whether client was still eligible for waiver of his life insurance premiums because he was disabled. Claim settled following litigation.
- 2019, represented claimant in health insurance denial regarding whether treatment was medically necessary. Settled claim favorably with insurer agreeing to pay all of Mr. Raval’s attorneys’ fees.
- 2018, Ariana v. Humana Health Plan of Texas, Inc., 884 F.3d 246 (5th Cir. 2018): 5th Circuit overturned 26 years of jurisprudence stemming from Pierre v. Conn. Gen. Life Ins. Co., 932 F.2d 1552 (5th Cir. 1991) and concurred with every other Circuit that applies the de novo standard of review to both legal and factual determinations, thus paving the way for the Texas ban on discretionary clauses to trigger de novo review of benefit denials of health and disability benefit claims.
- Link to panel oral argument by Mr. Raval:
- Case summary in ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section: https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/tort_trial_insurance_practice_newsletters/healthdisabilitylife/health_disability_life_insurance_spring_2018.authcheckdam.pdf
- Link to panel oral argument by Mr. Raval:
- 2017, Prashant v. Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston, et al, No. 4:16-CV-1459, 2017 WL 10109450 (S.D. Tex. Feb. 22, 2017): Court ruled that the Texas ban on discretionary clauses in insurance policies is enforceable because Texas should be able to regulate the insurance policies sold to its citizens.
- 2017, represented claimant in confidential arbitration between former husband and wife over post-divorce asset distribution. Settled favorably on eve of hearing.
- 2015, Hamsher v. North Cypress Medical Center Operating Company, Limited, 620 Fed. Appx. 236 (5th Cir. 2015): 5th Circuit reviewed an appeal from former nurse insured by North Cypress over whether her employer abused its discretion in denying her health insurance claim. Court overruled District Court’s denial and granted summary judgment for Hamsher.
- 2015, Humana Health Plan, Inc. v. Nguyen, 785 F.3d 1023 (5th 2015): 5th Circuit reviewed a matter involving ERISA subrogation rights and clarified the rights between Plan Administrators and ERISA fiduciaries.Court remanded case to District Court to determine if Plaintiff had standing to pursue subrogation claim against Plan participant.
- 2012, Benson v. Hartford, ERISA Long Term Disability claim where Hartford made offer of judgment awarding all past due benefits and reinstated the claim for continuing disability status.
- 2010, Fuller v. Hartford, ERISA Long Term Disability claim settled following litigation.
- 2010, Urbanski v. Hartford, ERISA Long Term Disability claim settled following litigation.
- 2009, Huggins v. SunLife, ERISA Short Term and Long Term Disability claim reinstated after litigation. Lump sum payment and future benefits until age 65.
- 2009, Irish v. Reliance Standard, ERISA Long Term Disability claim settled following litigation.
- 2008, Pevey v. Lincoln Financial, Non-ERISA Long Term Disability Claim reinstated following appeal. Lump Sum payment with future benefits until age 65.
- 2007, Peters v. CIGNA, ERISA Long Term Disability claim settled following litigation.
- 2006, Johnson v. The Standard, ERISA Long Term Disability Claim settled following litigation.
Honors & Awards
- 2018 – Best Lawyer Under 40 Award, State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section
- “Building a Practice: Mastering the Art of Self Promotion for Diverse Lawyers”, the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division, 2020.
- “Fibromyalgia: What Your Doctor Needs to Know”, The Fibromyalgia Connection, 2013
- “Recent Developments in ERISA Disability Benefits Litigation: Standard of Review and Discovery”, 47th Annual Midwinter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association, 2021
- “What Employment Lawyers Should Know About ERISA”, National Employment Lawyers Association, Houston Chapter, 2020
- “Use of Social Media in Life Insurance Claims”, 46th Annual Midwinter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association, 2020
- “ERISA Pitfalls: What to Know About ERISA Claims, Appeals, and Litigation”, Houston Bar Association, 2018
- The presentation can be viewed here
- “Attorneys’ Fees: Setting, Earning, and Keeping Fees in Law Firms”, Houston Young Lawyers Solo/Small Firm Committee, 2018
- “Substantive Legal Skills: Litigation Focus”, Houston Young Lawyers Association Boot Camp, 2018
- “Hazards, Hurdles, and Pitfalls: How to Avoid Malpractice in ERISA Claims”, Houston Northwest Bar Association, 2017
- “Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure”, South Asian Bar Association of Houston, 2016
- “Hazards, Hurdles, and Pitfalls: How to Avoid Malpractice in ERISA Claims”, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
- Bellaire Board of Adjustment, 2013-2017
- Chinmaya Mission Houston, 10th grade teacher, 2016-2018
Areas of Practice
- Houston Baptist University, Bachelor of Science, 2000
- Double major in History and Political Science
- Graduated summa cum laude
- Loyola Law School,LosAngeles, Juris Doctor, 2003
- Bourne Trial Advocacy Team
- California, 2003
- Texas, 2004
- United States Southern District of Texas
- United States Northern District of Texas
- United States Eastern District of Texas
- United States Western District of Texas
- United States Central District of California
- United States Northern District of California
- United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Supreme Court
Professional or Trade Affiliations
- American Bar Association, 2003-present
- Texas Bar College, 2013-present
- Texas Bar Foundation Life Fellow, 2015-present
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2010-2017
- Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 2006-present:
- Board of Director, 2018-present
- Nominating Committee, 2020
- VP of Diversity and Outreach, 2020-21
- South Asian Bar Association of Houston, 2011-present
- Secretary 2013-14
- Treasurer 2014-15
- President-Elect 2015-16
- President 2016-17
- State Bar of Texas, Asian Pacific Interest Section, 2017-present:
- Chair-Elect, 2020-21
- Treasurer, 2018-19
- Vice Chair, 2019-20
- State Bar of Texas, Diversity in the Profession Committee, 2018-present
- Texas Minority Attorney Program, Course Director, 2019-present