Charles (“Chuck”) Dyke leads the firm’s national ERISA Litigation practice. His experience includes defending complex breach of fiduciary duty claims, litigating pension plan termination cases, and handling appellate matters. He is currently co-lead counsel in one of the class actions challenging the ERISA “church plan” exemption of the retirement program of a major Catholic-affiliated hospital system. Chuck has been recognized as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” each year since 2007 and is listed in Best Lawyers in America. Chuck speaks and writes on ERISA litigation topics.
What do you focus on?
My career has been devoted to defending plan sponsors and fiduciaries in ERISA litigation, litigating and helping clients manage pension and retiree health liabilities under complex legacy benefit programs, and litigating complex cases.
I have handled or participated in ERISA appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits. In 2014, I filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer as counsel of record for the ESOP Association.
For the first two years of my legal career, I worked as a staff attorney at the PBGC on the agency’s Early Warning Program legal team. Prior to rejoining Nixon Peabody in November 2014, I was the director of litigation at a boutique employee benefits law firm. Before that, I was a partner with both Nixon Peabody and Thelen LLP.