Byrne J. Decker

Byrne J. Decker


Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Recognized since 2011

Portland, Maine

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Litigation - ERISA

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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Byrne J. Decker, partner at Pierce Atwood LLP, has a national practice in employee benefits/ERISA litigation. He defends benefits cases in both ERISA and non-ERISA contexts, including in particular, complex benefits cases and class actions. Byrne has appeared in district courts in virtually every federal judicial circuit and also has an active appellate practice with respect to benefits issues. In addition to defending appeals in several Circuit Courts of Appeals and State Supreme Courts, he has authored several briefs and petitions to the United States Supreme Court, including amicus curiae briefs in important ERISA cases such as Black & Decker v. Nord and Yates v. Hendon.

Contact & Links

Location

  • Two Monumental Square, Seventh Floor
    Portland, ME 04101

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, Maine
  • New Hampshire, New Hampshire
  • Maine, U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • Massachusetts, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire, U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
  • Arkansas, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • Arkansas, U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
  • Indiana, U. S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • Indiana, U. S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • Michigan, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Michigan, U. S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • New York, U. S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • New York, U. S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • Ohio, U. S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Oklahoma, U. S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
  • Vermont, U.S. District Court, District of Vermont
  • Wisconsin, U. S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States, U.S. Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, Third, Fifth and Sixth Circuits

Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute - Member
  • DRI Life, Health, Disability, ERISA Litigation Committee - Program Chair

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Portland-ME (2022)
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Portland-ME (2020)
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Portland-ME (2014)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

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