Life, Health, Disability & ERISA

Given the intricacies of life, health, disability and ERISA laws and regulations, there are no “one size fits all” solutions. Wilson Elser is committed to finding what works best for each client of our growing practice. Our breadth of experience, collaborative approach and extensive resources allow us to do so consistently, efficiently and effectively.

Wilson Elser has more than 30 years of related experience working with its loyal client base. We represent the insurance industry and self-funded plans and also work closely with insurers, underwriters, claims personnel, insurance agents and contract drafters.

We understand that life, health and disability insurers face complex and ever-changing issues. Wilson Elser has more than 30 years of related experience partnering with its loyal client base. We represent the insurance industry and self-funded plans and also work closely with insurers, underwriters, claims personnel, insurance agents and contract drafters. This experience affords us a profound understanding of our clients’ legal challenges and a strong working knowledge of their respective businesses.

Wilson Elser’s Life, Health, Disability & ERISA practice not only brings to bear all the resources expected of a large national law firm, but also provides our clients with individualized service more commonly associated with smaller local and regional firms since our practice team members are based in local Wilson Elser offices throughout the country.

Recognizing that our clients want cost-effective solutions to complex cases, we proactively seek resolutions through early file analysis and risk assessment. Team members have extensive experience defending clients through all phases of litigation proceedings. When early resolutions are not possible, we do not hesitate to resolve cases in court. Wilson Elser is proud of its reputation as one of the largest and most successful litigation firms in the country. We represent insurers, plans, employers, fiduciaries and third-party administrators in almost every kind of litigation, including:

  • First-party bad faith claims
  • Agent misconduct and compensation disputes
  • Trademark infringement
  • 419 welfare benefit plans
  • 412i defined benefit plans
  • Employment issues
  • Stranger-owned/investor-owned life insurance (STOLI/IOLI) 
  • Stop loss
  • Health provider pricing

Practice members have defended cases involving claims for denial of severance and pension benefits, wrongful termination of disability benefits, denial of accidental death and dismemberment benefits, life insurance rescission and claims issues, wrongful discharge under ERISA, eligibility for ERISA medical benefits and medical provider insurance fraud. We also provide advice and guidance for ERISA fiduciary matters and help clients address such issues as preemption, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and misrepresentation, reporting and disclosure, and potential financial exposure.

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 At Wilson Elser, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is a foundational value, critical to the success of our firm and central to the integrity and vitality of the legal field. Bringing together people of different backgrounds and beliefs, people with diverse perspectives, fosters the innovative and creative thinking that enhances our response to the needs of our clients. Wilson Elser’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and training as well as the organizations to which we belong and the programs we sponsor.

We believe in creating a work environment free of barriers and bias, where individual outlooks and talents are respected and valued. Our firm’s policy is to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, disability, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by the law. 

Beyond legal compliance, our firm strives to mirror the rich diversity of the communities in which we practice, to respect the diversity of our clients and their workforce and to employ best practices to identify, select, hire, retain and promote qualified individuals without boundaries or limitations, other than those imposed by their own choices and capabilities. This allows us to better represent our clients in today’s diverse, multicultural society. 

Wilson Elser is also committed to promoting diversity through the selection of vendors. We actively seek certified minority- and women-owned businesses and provide them with the opportunity to partner with us to provide services to our firm and our clients.