Overview


Rick Pearl focuses his practice on litigation involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). He represents companies, their benefits committees, plan administrators, fiduciaries, and service providers in complex, class-action litigation and Department of Labor lawsuits, audits, and investigations. His particular expertise is with actions for breach of fiduciary duty and prohibited transactions.

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Results


ERISA

  • Defended ESOP-owned company plan sponsors and fiduciaries against ERISA claims for engaging in alleged prohibited transactions and breaches of fiduciary duties*
  • Defended ERISA plan sponsors and fiduciaries against US Department of Labor and ERISA plan participant challenges to indemnification agreements and federal common-law claims for contribution and indemnification*
  • Prosecuted ‘prevailing party’ fee claim under ERISA*

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Recognitions


  • The Legal 500 US 2019

Credentials


Education
Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2001
Northern Illinois University, BS, 1996

Admissions
Illinois

Courts/Agencies
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Richard J. Pearl

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