Andrew C. Liazos - McDermott Will & Emery

Overview


Andrew C. Liazos is the global chair of McDermott’s Benefits & Compensation Practice Group and has practiced at McDermott for over twenty-five years.

Andrew is a nationally recognized leader representing boards and senior executives on significant, multi-disciplinary compensation and benefits related matters, with an emphasis on plan design, practice before regulators, litigation and governance. Chambers USA reports that Andrew is a “first-rate lawyer” and an “excellent, top-notch leader in his field.” Best Lawyers reports from clients that “Andrew’s responsiveness to problems is unequaled,” he “provides the utmost customer service,” “working with him is a great experience,” and that he has “a practical approach to issues.”

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Results


ERISA Litigation

  • Successfully defended a health system and plan fiduciaries against alleged breaches of ERISA fiduciary duties regarding investment options and plan expense in a class action complaint through a bench trial and an appeal to the 10th Circuit
  • Representing Schneider Electric in a class action 401(k) lawsuit alleging that investment options were improper and that plan fees were unreasonable – U.S. District Court for Massachusetts has dismissed with prejudice duty of loyalty and prohibited transaction claims
  • Representing Genentech, Inc. and other alleged fiduciaries in a class action 401(k) lawsuit alleging that investment options were improper and that plan fees were unreasonable – U.S. District Court for N. Cal. dismissed with prejudice all claims for breach of fiduciary duty due to the plan’s investment options

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Recognitions


  • Acritas Stars, listed among independently rated lawyers, 2019 to 2021
  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, fellow, 2007
  • American Bar Foundation, fellow

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Community


  • American Bar Association
    • Joint Committee on Employee Benefits (2019 to 2021); co-chair, National Institute on Executive Compensation (2014 to 2019); chair, Tax Section – Employee Benefits Committee (2021); chair, Multinational Employee Benefits Subcommittee (2007 to 2010); chair emeritus, Joint Split-Dollar Life Insurance Task Force (2002 to 2003)
  • American Law Institute Annual Symposium on Executive Compensation, co-chair

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Credentials


Education
Suffolk University Law School, JD, (Tax), cum laude, 1990
-Tax Moot Court
University of Massachusetts – Amherst, BS, cum laude, 1987

Admissions
Massachusetts
Maine
New York

Courts/Agencies
US Supreme Court
US Tax Court

Government
Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel, Income Tax & Accounting, (1989)