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With groundbreaking decisions in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeal, we have successfully handled the spread of employee benefits litigation and contested agency proceedings, ranging from cases brought by individuals to class actions involving billions of dollars.

We have the requisite experience to represent clients in agency audits, investigations, and enforcement proceedings, and in challenges to plans’ tax-qualified status in U.S. Tax Court.

Cases that shaped ERISA law

We have litigated many of the key Supreme Court and appellate cases that have shaped the law under ERISA, including Supreme Court cases establishing the role of the plan administrator, the importance of plan documents and the liability of a non-fiduciary party in interest to plan fiduciaries. We achieved the first appellate court victories upholding the cash balance formula against age discrimination claims and permitting plans to correct costly scrivener’s errors in plan documents.

Billions at stake

For sophisticated clients such as Verizon, GE, IBM, Schering-Plough and UTC, we have successfully defended ERISA claims where the potential exposure ranged from the hundreds of millions to several billion dollars.

Decades of regulatory experience

Our ERISA litigators work seamlessly with our highly skilled ERISA advisory practitioners who bring decades of experience dealing with Treasury and the Department of Labor, as well as a broad range of clients, on emerging issues under ERISA.

Recognized litigation leaders

We have litigated ERISA cases throughout the country. Our ERISA litigators bring to the courtroom litigation skills developed in a range of cases, including jury trials and complex civil litigation, and we are recognized as one of the leading ERISA litigation practices in the country by both Chambers USA and Legal 500.

  • Chambers USA - Recognized nationally as a leading practice in ERISA litigation (2006-2018)
  • Chambers USA - Two attorneys recognized among leading individuals for ERISA litigation (2006-2017)
  • Legal 500 USA - Recognized as a leading US practice in ERISA litigation (2007-2018)