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ERISA & Employee Benefits Litigation

Experience Highlights

  • (Bankr. D.S.C.); (N.D. Ga.) — Defended a supermarket chain, in bankruptcy court and federal district court, against a union multi-employer pension plan’s claim that our client owed $64 million as a result of the withdrawal of another business from the plan; this matter involved the interplay of ERISA law with bankruptcy law and complicated issues concerning multiple business transactions and the motivation for those transactions

  • (S.D. Tex.) — Represented a large airline in a declaratory judgment action under ERISA challenging the asserted rights of a group of employees to effect withdrawal of their defined retirement benefit accounts from the plan by their spouses based on their obtaining sham divorces

  • (5th Cir.) — Obtained summary judgment and Fifth Circuit affirmation of summary judgment on behalf of an international oil company in consolidated ERISA benefits litigation brought by former executive employees

  • Obtained dismissal and Fifth Circuit affirmation in a putative class action on behalf of an airline and its retirement plan in a matter involving the interplay of ERISA and the Railway Labor Act

  • (5th Cir.) — Represented an international oil field service company in connection with an $85 million claim for pension benefits by the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of terminated employees