Chris C. Scheithauer represents clients on civil litigation matters, with a focus on class action employee benefit litigation and counseling under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and other employment litigation and advice.
Chris serves as the Co-Chair of McDermott’s National ERISA Litigation Team.
Chris’ ERISA practice involves representing employers, plan fiduciaries and trustees in litigation matters concerning employee benefit plans. He regularly represents companies and their ERISA plans in defending claims for wrongful denial of employee benefits, such as long-term disability benefits. Chris also defends companies, officers and directors, and other alleged ERISA plan fiduciaries against claims for breach of fiduciary duties in employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) and 401(k) class actions regarding company stock declines, claims for excessive investment and administrative fees, or changes to pension plans. Chris is a contributing author to the Employee Benefits Law treatise, published by the American Bar Association (ABA)’s Employee Benefits Subcommittee on ERISA.
Chris has represented clients such as Northrop Grumman Corporation, State Street Bank & Trust, CMS Energy, Bank of America 401(k) Plan, AECOM, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Countrywide Financial Corporation 401(k) Plan, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, and Yahoo, among others.
Chris’ employment practice involves representing employers in defending individual and class action claims pertaining to wage and hour disputes, employment discrimination and harassment (under California and federal law), wrongful termination, breach of employment contract, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets. He has litigated class actions involving wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as California’s Wage Orders.
Chris represents clients in litigation in state and federal courts, as well as in administrative proceedings and investigations before such agencies as the US Department of Labor, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Department of Industrial Relations/Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Chris has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Federal Bar Association.