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Robert C. Bohner
Special Counsel, Los Angeles, California
Managed Healthcare Litigation
Business and Commercial Litigation
Unfair Business Practices Litigation ROBERT C. BOHNER
Current Scope of Practice
Bob Bohner specializes in complex commercial, civil and business litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
Mr. Bohner takes a proactive role in advising his clients and regularly implements cost-effective strategies
designed to accomplish the client’s goals and objectives. He has an extensive practice in all state and federal
courts in the State of California.
Mr. Bohner currently devotes his practice to the health care field. He has extensive experience representing
providers, health care service and other managed care entities plans, including HMOs, IPAs, MSOs, medical
provider networks, MSOs, PPMs and integrated business networks, in complex business litigation. He has
substantial experience in health care and business issues pertaining to managed care, ERISA, FEHBA,
hospital-physician risk pools, fair procedure issues in hiring and terminating medical providers, utilization
review, reimbursement, bad faith, physician billing practices and claims brought against medical groups and
HMO plans for alleged negligent medical care, general risk management issues, unfair business practices suits,
Medicare, Medicaid, Medi-Cal and compliance with the Health Insurance Portability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Recently, Mr. Bohner obtained a favorable ruling for a behavioral health services provider in an ERISA action
in federal court and successfully defended the ruling on appeal before the United States Ninth Circuit Court
of Appeals. That appellate decision, Dupree v. Holman Professional Counseling (9th Cir. 2009) 572 F.3d 1094,
found that his client’s behavioral health coverage did not cover non-emergent treatment at a non-contracted
In addition to health care, Mr. Bohner has extensive experience representing clients in complex business
litigation involving bankruptcy matters, insurance bad faith, insurance coverage issues, breach of contract,
breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder disputes, fraud, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation and
labor issues concerning wrongful termination of employment.
Affiliations, Activities and Accomplishments
Robert C. Bohner is admitted to practice in California (1988), Indiana (1982), Wisconsin (1982), and Illinois
(1984). He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern and
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Southern Districts of Indiana, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Central and Southern
Districts of California and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Bohner served on the Planning Commission of the City of Manhattan Beach, California from 2005 to
2008, including as its chairman from 2007 to 2008; and on the Parks & Recreation Commission of the City of
Manhattan Beach, California from 2003 to 2005.
Publications & Presentations
“Digital Health Liability: We Are Not In Kansas Anymore!” Health Law360 (May 19, 2010).
"The Continuing Battle Over ERISA Discretionary Clauses and Streamlined Procedures," Sedgwick Annual
Healthcare Seminar Series, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco (May 24-25, 2010).
“California Appellate Court Holds Denial Of Claim Alone Not Sufficient to Show Emotional Distress,”
Sedgwick’s Healthcare Law Newsletter (Spring 2009).
“California Appellate Court: Medical Plan Not Vicariously Liable for Duties Delegated to Another Party,”
Sedgwick’s Healthcare Law Newsletter (Winter 2009).
Co-author, “Retroactive Rescission: California Takes a Step Backward,” Health Law360 and Financial
ServicesLaw360 (September 2008).
Co-author, “Navigating the Shoals of ERISA: The Effect of ERISA Preemption on New State Laws Creating
Tort Liability Against Managed Care Entities”, The Health Lawyer Journal of The American Bar Association (2002).
Co-author, “Treatment Options,” a Review of the enforceability of New Civil Section 3428, Los Angeles
Mr. Bohner received his B.A. (1979) with distinction from Purdue University, Phi Beta Kappa. He was
granted his J.D. (1982) by Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana.