Areas Of Practice

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Litigation

Our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Litigation group is a highly experienced litigation team, which offers a unique blend of in-depth substantive understanding of the law combined with exceptional litigation skills.  The lawyers who comprise the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Litigation group are advocates possessing a thorough understanding of our clients’ business and litigation philosophy and strategic planners who see and plan for the big picture while paying close attention to the fine details.

The Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Litigation group utilizes a multi-disciplinary team approach, combining highly skilled executive compensation and benefits litigators with the ability to “hit the ground running” in the defense of any lawsuit.  The Group includes highly experienced members of our Employee Benefits, Labor and Employment, and Litigation Practice Groups.

Vigorous, sophisticated & cost-effective representation is important to our clients and to us.  To this end, we develop a defense strategy & budget immediately upon filing of a lawsuit. We explore strengths, weaknesses and defense strategy with each client. We partner with clients throughout litigation.  We assess at the first opportunity whether settlement should be considered.

We believe that experience speaks for itself.  To this end, our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Litigation Group offers a unique blend of litigation acumen with an in-depth substantive knowledge and experience in employee benefits, executive compensation and securities.  Our in-depth knowledge and understanding of pension and welfare benefit plans makes us the choice to defend Insurers, Plan Sponsors, Administrators, Trustees and Fiduciaries nationally.  The group has successfully defended claims ranging in value from several thousand to several millions of dollars and possesses unparalleled expertise in representing health systems and not-for-profit organizations.

The Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Litigation Group has defended lawsuits across the United States in a spectrum of matters including the following:

  • Denial of benefits (health, life, disability and deferred compensation)
  • Executive compensation and top-hat plans
  • Penalty Claims
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • 401K stock drop
  • Failure to provide information to plan participants
  • Improper offsets
  • Interpleader claims on behalf of plans to determine proper payee
  • State law claims (i.e. breach of contract, state insurance laws)
  • Other claims relating to employee benefit plans

Our team members are active members of local, state and national bar associations and committees dedicated to improving the employee benefits practice, including the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, International Association of Defense Counsel, National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, National Center for Employee Ownership, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and Chicago Bar Association.

Attorneys / Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Litigation

 

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