ERISA Litigation

Jackson Walker attorneys have years of experience handling high stakes, multi-million and billion dollar employee benefit plans and ERISA litigation. Our litigation and employment attorneys work closely with our employee benefits and executive compensation attorneys to bring in-depth knowledge of employee benefits law together with attorneys who know both how to try cases and effective strategies for administration of benefit plans considering litigation risks.

Both public and private companies have turned to Jackson Walker to represent them in a variety of cases concerning employee benefits, including disputes about stock options and other equity compensation, the interpretation of non-qualified deferred compensation plans, entitlement to disability and health benefits, and breaches of fiduciary duty concerning the administration of ERISA plans, including claims associated with administrative fees. We also regularly counsel plan administrators analyzing benefit claims and appeals and in denial of benefit claims.

  • ERISA class action litigation: Acted as lead or co-counsel for employers, plans and other defendants in multiple ERISA class action lawsuits filed in Texas alleging violations of prohibited transaction rules and breaches of fiduciary duties
  • Casey v. AT&T Corp. (N.D. Tex. 2004). Represented AT&T in a case involving an employee’s claim for short-term disability plan benefits under ERISA Section 502(a)(1)(B) and through various common law claims. The Court granted AT&T’s motion for summary judgment, accepting AT&T’s argument that the denial of benefits was not arbitrary and capricious and that the common law claims were preempted
  • Blum v. Spectrum Restaurant Group, Inc., 261 F. Supp. 697 (E.D. Tex. (2003), aff’d, 140 Fed. Appx. 556 (5th Cir. 2005). Represented SRG in claim for one million dollars in life insurance benefits. Plaintiff asserted claim for benefits under ERISA Section 502(a)(1)(B), estoppel, and waiver grounds, as well as breach of fiduciary duty claims under Sections 502(a)(2) and 502(a)(3). The Court first dismissed the ERISA-based breach of fiduciary duty and state law claims and then granted SRG’s motion for summary judgment on remaining claims
  • Handled litigation issues related to executive compensation program and related tax disputes for large employer
  • Represented publicly traded companies’ long-term disability plans regarding participant claims and appeals
  • Defended action brought by the Department of Labor against plan service providers claiming breach of fiduciary duty and excessive fees under ERISA.
  • Represented publicly traded companies with respect to pro se litigation on health benefits plan