Theodore (Ted) M. Becker - McDermott Will & Emery


Ted Becker is co-head of McDermott’s ERISA Litigation practice and a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.  He focuses his practice on litigation under 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.

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  • Rogers v. Baxter International Inc.

Counsel defending Baxter International, Inc. and other alleged ERISA fiduciaries in a class action brought by participants of a 401(k) Plan alleging breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA in allowing participants to invest their retirement funds in the Baxter common stock fund.*

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  • Legal 500 US, 2019, 2021 to 2023
    • Recommended, 2019, 2021 and 2022
    • ERISA Litigation, Leading Lawyer, 2023-2024
  • Chambers USA, ERISA Litigation, 2022 and 2023-2024
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2008 to 2010)

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  • ESOP Association Public Policy Council, Member
  • 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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