Jackson Lewis provides comprehensive legal advice, counseling and representation to plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries, insurers and benefit plans relating to:
Our Practice Group encompasses representation in virtually all aspects of employee benefits law, including counseling with regard to the administration and establishment of tax-qualified pension, profit-sharing and stock bonus plans, as well as non-qualified plans. The firm is actively engaged in assisting clients in administration and compliance efforts regarding health, welfare and related fringe benefit programs -- areas which have become the subject of increased regulation, employee claims and litigation. Consistent with the firm's commitment to preventive programs, Jackson Lewis provides benefits-related counseling with a view to minimizing the likelihood of liabilities associated with benefit claims, litigation and enforcement matters.
What follows is a summary of the areas in which we provide benefits-related legal services:
We counsel clients on legal issues affecting the operation of benefit plans, including:
We provide practical advice to clients on legal issues affecting the design, drafting, implementation, administration, and termination of tax-qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, including:
We counsel clients on legal issues affecting the structure and administration of health and welfare, and tax-favored fringe benefit plans, including:
1. Mergers and Acquisitions
We counsel clients on all employee benefit issues affected by corporate transactions and reorganizations, including:
2. Workforce Reductions
We advise clients on the design and implementation of workforce reduction programs, including:
Jackson Lewis represents employers, plans, insurers, plan administrators, and third party administrators in the area of employee benefits litigation. Our firm is routinely called upon to provide representation in ERISA and related benefits litigation in virtually all 50 states. This litigation involves both mainstream ERISA litigation as well as complex benefits litigation.
A. Mainstream ERISA Litigation
Our ERISA litigation practice encompasses defense of single party as well as multi-party lawsuits associated with the entire range of employee benefits, including claims involving group health, life, disability, severance and other welfare benefits; executive compensation; pension benefits; and ERISA's non-interference provision. We also defend claims on individual policies of insurance which may be outside of ERISA and are governed by state law. As noted above, we represent plans, insurers, claims and plan administrators, third party administrators and employers who are drawn into ERISA litigation. This representation typically involves defending claims for benefits due, for breach of fiduciary duty and for statutory penalties. We also represent insurers and plans seeking to enforce subrogation and reimbursement provisions and have filed interpleader actions across the country where insurers and plans are faced with conflicting claims for life and other benefits. Our experience includes active representation in state and federal courts and arbitral forums, including injunctive matters and appellate practice.
Our experience also extends to actions involving claims under non-ERISA arrangements, including claims in connection with governmental plans.
Jackson Lewis also has extensive experience defending benefit lawsuits in significant quantity. By way of example, we represent insurers and benefit plans on a national basis in numerous "mainstream" ERISA lawsuits involving disability, life and health claims. Again, our ability to handle a large caseload for a particular insurer, large employer, or employer-sponsored plan is enhanced by our national presence and extensive substantive knowledge of ERISA's statutory and regulatory scheme and the constantly developing case law interpreting ERISA.
B. Complex ERISA Litigation
The prominence which Jackson Lewis occupies in the field of workplace law includes frequent representation of our clients in class actions and multi-plaintiff litigation in the context of benefit disputes. As a result, our litigators routinely handle the full breadth of issues customarily encountered in such actions, including, for example, resolving the case through early dispositive motions which isolate key ERISA issues, defending and defeating class discovery and class certification, minimizing discovery issues encountered in complex litigation, evaluating structured class settlements and, of course, formulating and engaging in proactive strategies to achieve the goals of the client.
Further, because of our firm’s extensive experience in workplace law, Jackson Lewis is uniquely qualified to handle multi-plaintiff and class action employee benefits litigation for a number of reasons. First, our litigators routinely confront procedural and practical issues common to large legal actions involving numerous plaintiffs. Second, we have a wealth of benefits experience through our Practice Group. Third, our national presence and contacts allow efficient handling of multi-plaintiff and multi-district litigation.
Benefits and Tax Agency Controversy
Our Practice Group defends employers, plan sponsors and employee benefit plans in examinations, summons proceedings, and adversary proceedings initiated under internal agency procedures by federal or state agencies and courts of specialized jurisdiction.
Matters in which we represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service include:
Matters in which we represent clients before the Department of Labor, Employee Benefit Security Administration include:
Matters in which we represent clients before state departments of insurance include:
Some of the most sensitive and private information about an individual from health to financial data is held by the individual’s employer. That fact coupled with the increasing use of electronic communication, recordkeeping and surveillance tools has led to increased regulation seeking to balance the employer’s need to use or disclose this information with an employee’s interest in keeping it private.
Jackson Lewis offers an inter-disciplinary group of lawyers that focuses on assisting employers in achieving this balance. More specifically, the Practice Group counsels employers with regard to the complex national and international issues of workplace privacy including:
The Practice Group offers clients creative solutions to achieving the difficult balance between the employer’s need for certain information and the employee’s desire to keep that information private. We work closely with clients to:
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Jackson Lewis is committed to promoting an inclusive culture where diversity is valued by everyone. We are proud of our role as a leader in educating and training employers in the laws of equal opportunity and affirmative action, as well as best practices for corporate diversity programs and initiatives. We share our clients’ goals to emphasize diversity, integrity, and respect for the contribution of every employee. We understand the importance of having a workforce that reflects the various communities in which we work, and upon which we can rely to creatively develop preventive strategies and positive solutions for our clients. Jackson Lewis seeks to recruit, hire, retain, develop, and advance a diverse team of employees who share our passion for representing management in all aspects of workplace law, and strives to consistently act under the following guiding principles:
The firm has a standing Diversity Committee divided into sub-committees, both to ensure all vital areas are addressed, and to provide leadership opportunities for female and minority attorneys. The Diversity Committee is Chaired by Senior Partner Weldon H. Latham, and consists of the Co-Chairs of five Attorney Resource Groups (ARGs), discussed below. Joan Ackerstein, a member of the firm’s Management Committee, serves as Management Committee Liaison to the Diversity Committee, and Partner, Michael Hatcher, serves as the firm’s Diversity Manager. The ARGs address mentoring, business development, pro bono activities and recruiting. Our Diversity Committee coordinates the activities of our ARGs, which include African American; Asian American; Hispanic; Women; and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender attorneys. Each of the ARGs meets periodically to discuss business development opportunities, client service initiatives, and other professional issues.
The following groups act under the guidance of the Diversity Committee:
African-American Attorney Resource Group
Co-Chaired by LeRoy Watkins (Morristown office) and Dev Sukhdeo (Miami office)
A resource for Jackson Lewis attorneys looking to build and maintain business relationships with HR professionals, corporate counsel and community organizations.
Asian American Attorney Resource Group
Asian American Attorney Resource Group
Co-Chaired by Tanya Bovee (Hartford office) and Nicky Jatana (Los Angeles office)
Primary goal is to increase the firm’s visibility among Asian Pacific American and other minority attorneys.
Hispanic Attorney Resource Group
Co-Chaired by James Botana (Chicago office) and Pedro Torres-Diaz (Miami office)
Holds regular meetings to foster communication and teamwork among the group’s members in connection with our efforts to develop as lawyers and expand our business.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Attorney Resource Group
Co-Chaired by Michelle Phillips (White Plains office) and Pedro Forment (Miami office)
A consortium of attorneys and staff committed to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in the workplace, our LGBT ARG provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas, current legal trends, and information on LGBT issues that are then shared internally and externally to promote an inclusive work environment in which respect and tolerance are the pillars of our firm culture.
Women's Attorney Resource Group
Co-Chaired by Susan Corcoran (White Plains office), Peggy Strange (Hartford office) and Samantha Hoffman (Orange County office)
Committed to involving Jackson Lewis attorneys in opportunities for business development by and for women. Our firm has been a leader in this area, demonstrated most notably by its annual employment law conferences for women in-house counsel and human resource executives.