Vinson & Elkins’ ERISA Litigation team is comprised of accomplished lawyers, experienced in pension and welfare plan development, class action lawsuits, and ERISA procedural rules, who handle disputes in this highly sophisticated and complex area of law. We work closely with clients in cases involving multi-employer pension plan withdrawal liability, breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful denial or miscalculation of a pension benefit, cutback claims, notice issues, and ERISA Section 510 claims.
We know the procedural rules specific
to ERISA litigation, including ERISA preemption of state laws, exhaustion of
administrative remedies, deferential standards of review, limitations on
discovery, restrictions on remedies (such as punitive damages), and the limitations
on jury trials. With a thorough knowledge of ERISA’s substantive provisions, we
have achieved success in making both threshold motions to dismiss and motions
for summary judgment in an effort to minimize, or avoid, resource-intensive
discovery and trials. We also help clients avoid ERISA litigation or
reduce its impact by strengthening retirement plan documentation,
administration, and claims review procedures.
Our clients include pension and welfare plans, the employer sponsors of those plans, boards of directors or officers of plan
sponsors, and plan fiduciaries. The
cases we defend are initiated by potential ERISA plaintiffs, including participant and beneficiary classes and
individuals, third-party providers, the IRS, and the Department of Labor. The high-stakes and technical
nature of these matters can result in millions of dollars in
liability damages. Our team understands
the importance of resolving and managing these types of cases, and our clients
find comfort in the experience and substantive knowledge our team possesses.