Ted Becker is Co-Chair of McDermott’s ERISA Litigation Team 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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  • The Legal 500 US 2019 and 2021
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2008 to 2010)
  • Who’s Who in the World

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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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Theodore (Ted) M. Becker

Insights & Events / Media

Virtual Event / Speaking Engagements / September 23, 2021

Speaking Engagement / Speaking Engagements / September 16, 2020

Journal of Employee Ownership / Summer 2020

Democracy Collaborative / June 1, 2020

Virtual Conference / Speaking Engagements / April 20-22, 2020

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