Ted Becker focuses his practice on litigation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and related federal and state actions, and defense of government investigations and audits relating to employee benefit, health and welfare, and retirement plans brought by the US Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, and the US Department of Justice. He is a leading voice and nationally recognized practitioner in this complex practice area. He has represented public and private companies that sponsor employee benefit, health and welfare, and retirement plans governed by ERISA, and their directors and officers and plan fiduciaries, as well as service providers to ERISA plans and plan sponsors. He has extensive experience in Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and has defended some of the highest profile lawsuits involving ESOPs, helping to define the landscape of the evolving law relating to ESOPs.

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  • Ramos, et al. v. Banner Health, et al.

Lead counsel defending Banner Health and its present and former directors and alleged ERISA fiduciaries in a class action brought by participants of a 401(k) plan with over 33,000 participants and $2 billion in assets, alleging breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA in the selection and monitoring of investment options for the Plan, and in connection with fees paid and revenue sharing.*

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  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2008–2010)
  • Who’s Who in the World
  • Who’s Who in America

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  • American Bar Association
    • Joint Committee on Employee Benefits
    • Labor and Employment Law Section, Employee Benefits Committee
    • Taxation Section, ESOP Subcommittee
    • Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Employee Benefits Committee

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Northwestern University, PhD, 1981
Northwestern University School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, 1974
Northwestern University, MA, 1972
Washington University, AB, summa cum laude, 1970


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Theodore (Ted) M. Becker

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Las Vegas, NV / Speaking Engagements / November 13-15, 2019

Chicago, IL / McDermott Event / October 10, 2019

Salt Lake City, UT / Speaking Engagements / September 17, 2019