Charles F. Seemann III

New Orleans,  LA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Class Actions and Complex Litigation
  • Employee Benefits
  • Construction
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Financial Services
  • Gaming and Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • Professional Services
University Emory University, B.A., 1992
Law SchoolLouisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 1995 Articles Editor, Louisiana Law Review
Admitted1995, Louisiana, U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 2000, U.S. Supreme Court; 2007, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 2009, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit and U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; 2013, Texas, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

Professional Associations and Activities

•Bureau of National Affairs, Pension & Benefits Advisory Board Member (appointed in 2012)
•Louisiana Bar Foundation
•Louisiana State Bar Association, Member and Past Chairperson of the Public Service Committee


Charles F. Seemann, III, is a Shareholder in the New Orleans, Louisiana, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice emphasizes ERISA and employment law, but encompasses a wide variety of litigation and counseling matters as well.

Mr. Seemann's primary practice focus includes the defense of ERISA plans and plan fiduciaries at both public and private companies, multi-employer plans and plan fiduciaries, and financial institutions providing services to ERISA plans. In addition to ERISA, Mr. Seemann has extensive experience in a wide range of employment matters, including stock-option disputes and executive compensation litigation; wage and hour advice and litigation; and private litigation and regulatory investigations in discrimination, hostile-environment and similar matters. Mr. Seemann is admitted to practice in both Louisiana and Texas, but has represented clients in complex and class action matters in numerous jurisdictions, including New York, California, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts, Indiana, Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Mississippi, and Washington D.C.

Since 2012, Chambers USA has listed Mr. Seemann among the nation's pre-eminent lawyers, noting his “strong reputation” and client remarks that “he thinks outside the box” and “knows everything that's ever happened in a case.”

Mr. Seemann's activities include regular speaking and writing engagements around the country. Recent topics of these engagements include class-action litigation, ERISA litigation and fiduciary risk management, employment law, and best practices for in-house counsel. He also is active in community and civic affairs and donates his time and professional services to numerous causes. While attending law school, he served as Articles Editor of the Louisiana Law Review.

Honors and Recognitions

•New Orleans Pro Bono Project, Distinguished Service Award

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

•Southern Eye Bank, Board of Directors


May 19, 2015

ERISA Fiduciaries have Ongoing Duty to Monitor Trust Investments, U.S. Supreme Court Rules

May 19, 2015

Plan fiduciaries have a continuing duty to monitor investments offered under a 401(k) plan, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a unanimous decision. Tibble v. Edison International, No. 13-550 (May 18, 2015). Tibble has been much-anticipated by Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) practitioners and plan...

March 14, 2013

Employment Dispute Resolution Program Binding on Employee under Louisiana Law, Federal Court Rules

March 14, 2013

An employer's dispute resolution program, stating that it was not “intended to violate or restrict any rights of employees guaranteed by state or federal laws,” did not give rise to the right to a jury trial, and so an employee was required to submit his age discrimination claim to binding arbitration, a federal appeals...

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August 17, 2015
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

August 17, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 17, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 137 of the firm's attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. In addition, 10 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective...

May 19, 2015
Chambers & Partners

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Ranked in 2015 Chambers USA Guide

May 19, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (May 19, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 62 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking...

March 30, 2015
Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

Charles Seemann Comments on Supereme Court's Review of ERISA Tracing Requirement

March 30, 2015

Jackson Lewis Shareholder Charles Seemann was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report article “High Court Will Address Tracing Requirement In Case Involving ERISA Benefit Overpayment.”View article (subscription may be requir


Benefits Law Advisor
A Look Ahead to The Supreme Court's 2015-16 Term
June 17, 2015

As the Supreme Court winds down its 2014-15 term, the Benefits Law Advisor looks ahead to the ERISA cases and issues the Supreme Court may confront in its next terms. The Supreme Court's recent ERISA jurisprudence has touched on issues such as remedies (CIGNA Corp. v. Amara and US Airways v.

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ERISA Fiduciaries have Ongoing Duty to Monitor Trust Investments, U.S. Supreme Court Rules
William H. Payne,Charles F. Seemann,René E. Thorne, May 29, 2015
Plan fiduciaries have a continuing duty to monitor investments offered under a 401(k) plan, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a unanimous decision. Tibble v. Edison International, No. 13-550 (May 18, 2015).

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Charles F. Seemann III

650 Poydras Street, Suite 1900
New OrleansLA 70130


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