WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 11, 2008) — David E. Rogers has been named head of McDermott Will & Emery's Firm-wide Employee Benefits & European Labor Department, in addition to his continued service as co-partner-in-charge of the Firm's Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Rogers succeeds John Hendrickson, who has served as head of the department since 2001. Mr. Hendrickson was recently appointed chair of the Firm's Compensation Committee, and was also re-elected to the Management Committee.
"On behalf of our entire department, I extend my appreciation for the leadership John has provided to our department throughout the past several years," commented David. "He has left me a well-paved path to follow and to further build upon for the continued growth and development of our department both in the United States and internationally."
Mr. Rogers, who joined McDermott in 1994, focuses his practice on all areas of employee benefits matters, including the adoption and qualification of pension and profit sharing plans, tax-sheltered annuities, employee welfare benefit plans, COBRA, cafeteria plans, the provision of such benefits in bankruptcy and non-qualified deferred compensation issues. He was co-counsel in a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court case, Beck v. Pace, in which the court ruled unanimously on behalf of his client regarding the fiduciary responsibility involved in terminating a defined benefit pension plan. Mr. Rogers served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center teaching the graduate seminar class on ERISA. In addition, Mr. Rogers has been named in BTI Consulting Group's Law Firm Client Service All-Star Team surveys of Fortune 1000 clients, in recognition of his superior level of client service. He earned his J.D. from American University-Washington College of Law, his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.S. from Florida Southern College.
McDermott Will & Emery is a pioneer in the field of employee benefits. The Firm's Employee Benefits & European Labor Department, now numbering nearly 70 lawyers, has been advising clients on a variety of employee benefits and executive compensation matters for more than 50 years. McDermott regularly represents more than 30 Fortune 500 companies and 10 Fortune 100 companies in employee benefits matters. The Firm's broad client base allows the lawyers to help clients identify new trends in the field and address any new or potential legal hurdles.