Bryan D. Bolton


Curran_2014-09-01_0092Practice Group:
Insurance Benefits Litigation

J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law (1983) cum laude
B.A., East Carolina University (1979)

Bar Admissions:
United States District Courts for the District of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
United States Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Fourth and District of Columbia Circuits
Supreme Court of the United States


Bryan D. Bolton
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Bryan D. Bolton is in charge of litigation at Funk & Bolton, P.A. He primarily represents life, health and disability insurers, managed care companies, and third-party administrators in federal and state court litigation, including ERISA actions. Mr. Bolton also represents property and casualty insurers in regulatory proceedings.

As a result of his extensive ERISA experience, Mr. Bolton also advises clients on amending and preparing ERISA plans.  Mr. Bolton’s recent experience includes serving as lead ERISA plan counsel in connection with establishing a Voluntary Employee Benefit Association (“VEBA”).

Mr. Bolton is included in Maryland Super Lawyers 2018 and the Best Lawyers in America 2018.  Mr. Bolton is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Mr. Bolton is a frequent author, speaker and presenter on ERISA, employee benefits, and life, health, and disability insurance matters (some of which are available on our publications page). Mr. Bolton is a contributing author to “ERISA Survey of Federal Circuits,”, 2018 Edition, published by the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2018).

Some of Mr. Bolton’s recent presentations include:

      1. “Preparing for Implementation of the New DOL Regulations on Disability Claims,” American Conference Institute, 20th National Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, Feb. 2018;
      2. “Master Class – A Defense Perspective on Handling a Disability Case from Start to Finish,” American Conference Institute, 20th National Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, Feb. 2018;
      3. Definitive Disability Conference, Explaining and Distinguishing SSDI Awards In the Context of Denying LTD Claims, Oct. 2017;
      4. DOL’s ERISA Fiduciary Rule: Addressing Challenges and Considerations for Employers, The Knowledge Group Webinar, Dec. 2016; and
      5. Health Insurance Law Update, Defense Research Institute, Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Conference, April 2016.

Mr. Bolton was an Associate Editor of the University of Baltimore Law Review in 1982 and 1983. He is the author of “Important Terms for Inclusion in Confidential Settlement Agreements for Financial Services Companies”, 35 U. Balt. L. Rev. 347 (2006), and “Has Spring Arrived for the Frozen-Out Minority?, Twenty Seven Trust v. Realty Growth Investors, 533 F. Supp. 1028 (D. Md. 1982),” 12 U. Balt. L. Rev. 565 (1983). Mr. Bolton is the co-author of “Insurable Interest: An Ancient Doctrine Confronts Modern Problems,” For the Defense, Sept. 2008.

Following graduation from law school, Mr. Bolton practiced as a trial attorney with the Baltimore law firm of Freishtat & Sandler, where he engaged in complex civil litigation. From 1986 to 1996, Mr. Bolton concentrated in civil litigation at Shapiro and Olander, where he was the member in charge of insurance litigation. In 1996, Mr. Bolton co-founded Funk & Bolton, P.A.

Mr. Bolton is a former member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, the policy-making body of the ABA. He is a Past-Chair of the Life Insurance Law Committee and a member of the Health and Disability Insurance Law Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA. He is a former member of the ABA’s Litigation Section Appellate Practice Committee. He is a past chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, and is a past member of the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the MSBA. Mr. Bolton is a past chair of “Trial By Jury – The Lawyer’s Craft,” which is sponsored by the Maryland State Bar Association.

Mr. Bolton is a member of the Defense Research Institute and is active in the Life, Health and Disability Law Committee. Mr. Bolton also is a member of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations.