Best Lawyers for Litigation - ERISA in America

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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Securities Litigation - First Amendment Corporate Compliance Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Insurance Law Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Leisure and Hospitality Law Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Union Litigation - ERISA Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Employment Law - Management Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Criminal Defense: White-Collar Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - ERISA Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA Insurance Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Springdale, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Commercial Litigation Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Labor and Employment Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Stamford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Insurance Law Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Billings, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Patent Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - ERISA Labor Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Employment Law - Management Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Lawyer
John J. D'Amato was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

John J. D'Amato

D'Amato & Maloney, LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
Benjamin J. "Ben" Evans  was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Benjamin J. "Ben" Evans

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Stamford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Insurance Law Litigation - ERISA Health Care Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Huntington, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - ERISA Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Tax Law Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Trusts and Estates Litigation - Trusts and Estates Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Mergers and Acquisitions Law Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Nonprofit / Charities Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates Corporate Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Tax Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Litigation - ERISA Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Tax Law Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Appellate Practice Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Litigation - ERISA Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - ERISA Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Topeka, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Government Relations Practice Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Construction Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
D. Michael Reilly was awarded 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Foundation.Models.Operations.Elasticsearch.BestLawyers.PracticeArea

D. Michael Reilly

Lane Powell PC
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Litigation - ERISA Employment Law - Management Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Huntington, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Construction Employment Law - Management Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Litigation - ERISA Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
Diane M. Soubly was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Diane M. Soubly

Butzel Long
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Savannah, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation - ERISA Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Intellectual Property Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Employment Law - Management Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Newark, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Management Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Bet-the-Company Litigation Labor Law - Union

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Practice Area Definition

Litigation - ERISA Definition

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (commonly known as “ERISA”) governs pension and welfare benefit plans offered by private employers and protects the rights of participants and beneficiaries in these plans. The public enforcement of ERISA provisions is handled by the Department of Labor, the Department of the Treasury (particularly the Internal Revenue Service), and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Litigation between private parties under ERISA is subject to an intricate and complex federal enforcement scheme that has been repeatedly honed and construed by the Supreme Court and lower federal courts.

Lawsuits arising under ERISA include disputes over benefits denials and exclusions from coverage, claims regarding fiduciary obligations and liability, efforts to enforce plan subrogation rights, and suits challenging or in connection with the termination of funded or under-funded pension plans. These matters encompass ERISA pension plans, disability plans, and health benefits plans, and often take the form of class actions. Parties represented in ERISA litigation matters can include the ERISA plans themselves, plan administrators, insurance companies, health maintenance organizations, employers, and participants and beneficiaries. ERISA matters also often involve the extent to which state law is preempted or saved under a special “insurance” saving clause in ERISA, as well as complicated jurisdictional questions.

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The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (commonly known as “ERISA”) governs pension and welfare benefit plans offered by private employers and protects the rights of participants and beneficiaries in these plans. The public enforcement of ERISA provisions is handled by the Department of Labor, the Department of the Treasury (particularly the Internal Revenue Service), and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Litigation between private parties under ERISA is subject to an intricate and complex federal enforcement scheme that has been repeatedly honed and construed by the Supreme Court and lower federal courts.

Lawsuits arising under ERISA include disputes over benefits denials and exclusions from coverage, claims regarding fiduciary obligations and liability, efforts to enforce plan subrogation rights, and suits challenging or in connection with the termination of funded or under-funded pension plans. These matters encompass ERISA pension plans, disability plans, and health benefits plans, and often take the form of class actions. Parties represented in ERISA litigation matters can include the ERISA plans themselves, plan administrators, insurance companies, health maintenance organizations, employers, and participants and beneficiaries. ERISA matters also often involve the extent to which state law is preempted or saved under a special “insurance” saving clause in ERISA, as well as complicated jurisdictional questions.