Employee Benefits / Employee Retirement Income Security Act
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Ward Greenberg’s Employee Benefits and ERISA group represents employers, plan sponsors, plan administrators, and fiduciaries in claims involving pension, disability, retiree health care, and life insurance benefits. Our extensive experience involves working with both qualified and non-qualified plans.

Whether a client is facing a lawsuit, or is considering legal action of its own, we are skilled in developing and executing the best possible strategies. We will not litigate for the sake of litigating, nor will we encourage our client to pursue a short-term “win” that sets a precedent that may generate future problems. We also counsel clients in revising or establishing plans before claims arise because we understand that avoiding future liability and expenses is paramount.

Representative Experience

  • Regularly defending the fiduciaries of various pension plans maintained by Fortune 100 company against claims for disability and other pension benefits.
  • Representing Fortune 100 company and its plan fiduciaries in a federal court trial brought by representative of class of former employees claiming entitlement to pension benefits following sale of a company facility.
  • Defending employer in case involving dispute over domestic partner’s eligibility for health, retirement, and life insurance benefits.
  • Representing large corporation in connection with dispute over seller’s responsibility for payment of retirement benefits following partition and sale of corporation.
  • Defending corporation and plan fiduciaries in federal class action brought by former employees of takeover target company who sought to recover ERISA funds allegedly lost through poison pill/change-of-control provision.
  • Representing former senior corporate officers of multinational corporation in federal court action seeking recovery of benefits arising from change in corporate control.
  • Defending corporation, its former subsidiary, and plan fiduciaries against claim brought by former employees seeking retirement benefits arising from the dissolution of a subsidiary and subsequent downsizing.
  • Counseling not-for-profit institutions concerning revisions to Summary Plan Descriptions and compliance with 403(b) programs arising from revised regulations.