ERISA and Employment Benefits Litigation
We have years of experience handling high stakes, multi-million dollar employee benefit and ERISA litigation. Our litigation and employment law attorneys work closely with our Employee Benefits practice group to bring in-depth knowledge of employee benefits law together with lawyers who know how to try cases.
Both public and private companies have turned to us 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, and breaches of fiduciary duty concerning the administration of ERISA plans. We also regularly handle denial of benefit claims.
Our tax and litigation attorneys have successfully defended many corporations and individuals facing Internal Revenue Service audits and the litigation of resulting assessments. Clients ask us to assist them through the entire dispute process, from the commencement of the audit through the final stage at the IRS Appeals Division, and from the U.S. Tax Court through the Circuit Courts of Appeals. We also assist clients at the state and local levels, handling property tax disputes and litigation of franchise and sales tax audit determinations by the Texas State Comptroller.
- Jackson Walker has significant experience in representing employers, plans, and other defendants in ERISA class action litigation. The firm has acted as lead or co-counsel for 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.