The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is one of the nation’s most complex pieces of legislation. At the same time, retirement benefits account for a significant portion of employers’ personnel-related expenditures. As a result, ERISA disputes are among the most frequently litigated and financially risky areas of employee benefits law. To minimize the likelihood of disputes and to quickly resolve cases in a manner that reduces or eliminates potential liabilities, clients need legal advisors with deep experience in the application of this often-misunderstood law.
McDermott’s benefits lawyers have extensive experience in a wide variety of litigation and administrative proceedings involving employee benefit plans. We regularly represent employers (and plan sponsors and plan administrators), as well as individual and corporate fiduciaries and service providers, in routine and complex employee benefits/ERISA litigation. We are approved by numerous fiduciary liability carriers to provide defense for their insureds. In addition to litigating employee benefits cases, we counsel large and small companies and fiduciaries in anticipation of litigation about employee benefits issues.
Year after year, our ERISA litigation practice been nationally ranked in Chambers USA, whose editors recently noted that we are “adept in acting for clients with respect to the full spectrum of litigation and administrative proceedings connected to benefits plans.” A number of our lawyers have also been named top legal advisors by U.S. News-Best Lawyers and The Legal 500.
Our ERISA litigators have significant experience handling employee benefits class action litigation in courts throughout the United States. Our ERISA litigators have extensive procedural and substantive experience in benefits litigation; they are not benefits lawyers dragged into litigation or litigators who occasionally handle a benefits case. In handling benefits litigation, we work closely with our Employee Benefits Group, which has dozens of lawyers focused solely on this area in one of the largest employee benefits practices in the United States.