Chris C. Scheithauer represents clients on civil litigation matters, with a focus on class action employee benefit litigation and counseling under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and other employment litigation and advice.

Chris serves as the Co-Chair of McDermott’s National ERISA Litigation Team.

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Significant Matters

  • Obtained judgment in favor of Northrop Grumman Corporation in a pension-benefits dispute with over a billion dollars at issue
  • Successfully represented Northrop Grumman Corporation in ERISA fiduciary duty case involving 401(k) plan fees and administrative expenses
  • Prevailed in ERISA fiduciary duty case brought involving the former Montana Power Company 401(K) plan and company “stock drop” case

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  • Chambers USA 2009 noted that McDermott’s nationally ranked California ERISA Litigation team “is noted for its ERISA litigation skills and ability to handle large-scale cases. Chambers noted that clients called out Chris Scheithauer “for his ‘methodical and precise’ defense of clients in ERISA and benefits cases.”“[McDermott] has a long-standing commitment to ERISA litigation and maintains a high profile in the area. In addition to a stellar team of litigators, clients also benefit from the expertise of a large group of ERISA generalists.” – Chambers USA 2010McDermott’s “ERISA litigation specialists” have “the breadth and depth to handle almost any matter.” – Chambers USA 2011

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  • American Bar Association, Employee Benefits Subcommittee on ERISA Reporting and Disclosure, as well as the Subcommittee on Liability Issues Unique to Welfare Plans
  • Orange County Federal Bar Association, past member of the board of directors

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University of Southern California – Gould School of Law, JD, 1996
University of Southern California, IR/POSC, 1993


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February 25, 2014

Sponsors Should Update ERISA Plans after High Court Ruling