Robyn L. Anderson

Robyn defends employers, ERISA plans, insurers and service providers in a wide range of employee benefit litigation throughout the nation. Robyn has obtained numerous favorable rulings for clients on perennial ERISA issues such as preemption, standard of review, scope of evidence, breach of fiduciary duty, estoppel and other equitable remedies.  She has particular experience handling disputes involving disability and retirement benefits. 

Robyn also handles a broad range of insurance recovery claims under liability and property policies, but has particular experience with claims involving product recalls or food contamination, additional insured coverage disputes, business interruption and environmental or toxic tort liability. Her policyholder work often translates to significant insurance recoveries for her clients, without requiring protracted coverage litigation. Outside of claim recoveries, Robyn helps clients be proactive by reviewing their insurance portfolios and guiding them through the negotiation of coverage terms that will be best suited for their needs. An author of the hornbook chapter on Environmental Insurance for New Appleman on Insurance Law, Robyn is recognized as a leading insurance lawyer by numerous organizations including Benchmark Litigation and Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers.

Donating her time and experience to those in need, Robyn also serves as a volunteer attorney for the Legal Aid of Western Missouri.  

Recent court decisions include:

  • Cassidy v. Union Sec. Ins. Co., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 363354 (D. Min. Mar. 6, 2018) (finding an effective grant of discretionary authority in ERISA plan language, thus triggering deferential standard of review)
  • Gregory Johnson v. G&K Servs., Case No. 15-cv-3789, 2017 WL 6021292 (D. Minn. Dec. 5, 2017) (affirming, under de novo review, the administrator's determination that plaintiff failed to prove disability by a preponderance of the evidence)
  • Union Sec. Ins. Co. v. Hockensmith, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 187616 (E.D. Ken. Nov. 14, 2017) (dismissing beneficiary’s counterclaim that sought to challenge the life insurer’s right to interplead)
  • Sutherland v. Disability RMS, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12289 (W.D. Ken. Jan. 30, 2017) (granting motion to dismiss for failure to join necessary party)
  • Philadelphia Indemn. Ins. Co. v. Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Inc., 6:15-CV-03030, 2016 WL 837951 (W.D. Mo. Mar. 3, 2016) (granting motion for partial summary judgment to policyholder who provided timely claim notice to its directors & officers’ liability insurer)
  • Bocci v. American United Life Ins. Co., 4:15-cv-01289, 2015 WL 6557177 (E.D. Mo. Oct. 29, 2015) (denying plaintiff’s motion to remand)
  • Holmes v. Colorado Coalition for Homeless Long Term Disability Plan, 762 F.3d 1195 (10th Cir. 2014) (summary judgment in favor of plan where participant failed to timely exhaust administrative remedies and was time-barred from exhausting), cert denied at135 S.Ct. 1402 (2015)
  • Nielsen v. Union Sec. Ins. Co., 2013 WL 3849970, E.D.Mo., July 24, 2013 (NO. 4:12-CV-1698-JAR) (denying plaintiff’s motion to remand to administrator where claimant chose to file suit on deemed exhausted basis under ERISA)

Court Memberships

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan 
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


  • Selected among Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, 2016-2017
  • Named a "Best Lawyer," 2015-2019
  • Selected by Ingram’s Magazine, 2014 Class of 40 Under 40”   
  • Named among the Best Lawyers in America®
  • Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” (2012-2015), “Litigation Stars” (2013-2016) and “Leading Insurance Attorney”
  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” 

Professional Affiliations

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (Life, Health & Disability Committee)



  • Emerging Legal Issues, Agricultural Roundtable, September 2013
  • Additional Insured Status Issues, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, June 2013
  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Liability Coverage After the Claim Comes In, MOPrima (August 2013), Risk Insurance Management Society - Ozarks Chapter, May 2013 (May 2013) and Association of Corporate Counsel – MidAmerica Chapter (April 2013)
  • Insurance Recovery in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy, National Law Journal Crisis Litigation Forum, May 2013
  • Insurance Litigation Trends, State of Litigation conference, Kansas City, 2010-2011
  • Insurance Hot Topics: Practical Advice for Corporate Counsel, 2009
  • Additional Insurance Coverage & Certificates of Insurance, Risk Insurance Management Society, Overland Park, Kansas, 2008
  • Tips on Handling Insolvent Claims, Risk Insurance Management Society, Springfield, Missouri, 2006
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Amy Smith


University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1999

University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A., magna cum laude, 1996

University of Missouri-Columbia,
B.J., summa cum laude, 1996