René E. Thorne

René E. Thorne: Attorney with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Biography

Rene E. Thorne is a Principal and the Office Litigation Manager in the New Orleans, Louisiana, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice covers the full range of employee benefit litigation matters, including representation of employers, plans, plan fiduciaries, and trustees.

In that regard, she has handled numerous ERISA class actions for clients such as Nortel Networks, Target, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Owens Healthcare, United Airlines ESOP Committee, Dunbar Armored, United Companies, Benefits Administration Corporation, and Beverly Enterprises. Ms. Thorne also has handled benefits and employment matters for such clients as for Alcatel-Lucent, Raytheon, Pfizer, Omega Protein, The Hartford, Northwest Airlines, Amtrak, United Airlines, Turner Industries, Starwood Hotels, and Sempra Energy. Ms. Thorne has been retained as an expert in complex ERISA breach of fiduciary duty, prohibited transaction, and cash balance cases. Ms. Thorne has been qualified and testified as an expert on ERISA matters in federal court.

Ms. Thorne has been quoted in and authored several articles on ERISA issues including most recently, Conkright v. Frommert- One Year Later: Are Courts Getting It Right?, BNA Pension & Benefits Reporter (May 19, 2011); High Court Vacates CIGNA Pension Case; Sets Stage for Expanded ERISA Remedies, BNA Pension & Benefits Reporter (May 17, 2011); Employer Stock: Court Adopts DOL's Safe Harbor Reading, Affirms Ruling in Motorola 'Stock-Drop' Case, BNA Pension & Benefits Reporter (January 26, 2011); Court Certifies Class Action of Pension Plans, BNA Pension & Benefits Reporter (August 6, 2010); Two Years Later: The Legacy Of Larue, BNA Pension & Benefits Reporter (March 10, 2010); Employer Stock Decisions Spike in 2009 After Rocky Economy Ignites Litigation, BNA Pension & Benefits Reporter (Dec. 21, 2009); Rising Tide of Complex ERISA Litigation Presents Myriad of Class Certification Issues, BNA Pension & Benefits Reporter (September 18, 2009); ERISA Plan Fiduciaries Take Aim at Each Other as Investment Losses Rise, BNA Pension & Benefits Reporter (Feb. 26, 2009); The Evolution and Future of the ERISA Stock-Drop Cases, Employment Law 360 (Jan. 2009); Year in Review: 2008 Proves to Be Eventful in Employee Benefits Litigation, BNA Pension & Benefits Reporter (Jan. 5, 2009).

Ms. Thorne is active on the Employee Benefits Subcommittee of the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association, and was recently the Management Co-Chair of the Employee Benefits Subcommittee Newsletter. She is a member of and lecturer for the ABA/EEO Liaison Committee of the American Bar Association, a past instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and a former Barrister in the Thomas More Inn of Court.

During the course of her national practice, she has been admitted pro hac vice in courts across the country, including Alabama, the District of Columbia, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

While attending Loyola University School of Law, Ms. Thorne was a member of the Loyola Law Review and Moot Court.

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

•New Orleans Pro Bono Project, Volunteer Attorney

Published Works

• ERISA Litigation Issues In The Face Of Bankruptcy, The College of Labor & Employer Lawyers Newsletter (Fall 2006)
• Unforeseen Pitfalls in Settling Fiduciary Breach Claims with Individual Plaintiffs, Employee Benefits Committee Newsletter (Spring 2006)
• ERISA Mutual Fund Litigation: Another Front In The Post-Enron 401(K) Plan Wars, Professional Liability Underwriting Society Journal (2004)
• ERISA Preemption: To Infinity and Beyond and Back Again? (A Historical Review of Supreme Court Jurisprudence), Vol. 58 Louisiana Law Review 997 (1998)
“When is Class Action Appropriate?” in ERISA Litigation (BNA 2d, 3d, and 4th ed., and 2006-2012 supps.) [Chapter Author]
Employee Benefits Law (2d ed. BNA 2000 and 3d ed. 2011) [Contributing Author]

Speeches and Presentations

•“ERISA Class Actions - Up Close and Personal: An In-Depth Look at the Myriad of Complex and Ever-Evolving Issues,” BNA Audio-conference
•“401(k) Plan Litigation: Employer Stock Suits Continue but Has Hecker v. Deere Changed the Fee Case Landscape?,” ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits
•“The Mist - Navigating the Fog of ERISA, LSU School of Law Labor and Employment Law Conference
•“The 401(k) & ESOP Employer Stock Cases: Cases and Issues,” Professional Liability Underwriting Society International Conference
•“ERISA Litigation as a Contact Sport,” Women's Executive Legal Conference
•“Litigating the New Breed of ERISA Class Actions,” Glasser ERISA Litigation Conference
•“After Enron: Employer Stock in 401(k) Plans,” ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits
•“Recent Developments in Health Insurance Coverage of Contraceptives for Employees, ABA Taxation Section Employee Benefits Committee Meeting
•“ERISA Remedies After Great West - Are There Any?”
•“Employees in a Disaster: What to Do After Katrina,” ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits
•“Managing in a Crisis: Employment, Employee Benefits, and Insurance Law Issues for Employers Affected by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina,” American Petroleum Labor Lawyers Association

Honors and Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America
•New Orleans Employment Law - Management, Lawyer of the Year (2012 and 2015)
•New Orleans Labor & Employment, Lawyer of the Year (2013)
•Law Dragon/Human Resource Executive, one of “The Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in America” (2011)

Blogs

Benefits Law Advisor
UPDATE ON UNIVERSITY SECTION 403(b) CASES: INCONSISTENT RULINGS
May 18, 2017

As a result of rulings on motions to dismiss within a day of each other (May 10 and 11, 2017, respectively), Emory University and Duke University must continue to defend claims challenging aspects of their Section 403(b) retirement plans in plaintiffs' proposed class actions: Henderson v. Emory Univ., N.D. Ga., No.

By Rene E. Thorne and Eileen Kuo

Benefits Law Advisor
THE FIFTH CIRCUIT CALLS INTO QUESTION ITS STANDARD OF REVIEW IN ERISA DENIAL OF BENEFITS CASES
May 17, 2017

Explaining that “[a]s any sports fan dismayed that instant replay did not overturn a blown call learns, it is difficult to overcome a deferential standard of review,” a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has called for a re-examination of the Court's standard of review in ERISA denial of benefits cases where the......

By Rene E. Thorne and Patrick S. Richter

Employment Class and Collective Actions
UPDATE ON UNIVERSITY SECTION 403(b) CASES: INCONSISTENT RULINGS
May 17, 2017

As a result of rulings on motions to dismiss within a day of each other (May 10 and 11, 2017, respectively), Emory University and Duke University must continue to defend claims challenging aspects of their Section 403(b) retirement plans in plaintiffs' proposed class actions: Henderson v. Emory Univ., N.D. Ga., No.

By Rene E. Thorne and Eileen Kuo

Webinars

Archived

Preparing for 2018: The New ERISA Regulations for Disability Claims and Appeals

When April 27, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
Credits: CLE - Pending*, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending

Archived

Designer Defenses: What You Can Do Today to Prevent Benefits Litigation Tomorrow

When February 9, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
Credits: CLE - Pending*, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending

Archived

Designer Defenses: What You Can Do Today to Prevent Benefits Litigation Tomorrow

When October 6, 2016 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM CST
Credits: CLE - 1.0/1.2*, HRCI - 1.0, SHRM - 1.0

Publications

January 31, 2017

President Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to U.S. Supreme Court

Ending months of speculation, President Donald Trump has nominated the Honorable Neil McGill Gorsuch to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Gorsuch would bring more than 10 years of judicial experience to the position. Still, the Supreme Court is sui generis, different than any...

December 19, 2016

Class Action Trends Report Winter 2016

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics:Defending class discrimination claimsDisparate treatment vs. disparate impactThe legislationThe case lawPrevention pointer...

September 28, 2016

Class Action Trends Report Fall 2016

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics:“Class” claims, EEOC-styleWhen private plaintiffs pile onThe legislationThe caselawRegulatory roundup...

In the News

October 13, 2016

Bloomberg BNA

Rene Thorne and Charles Seemann Discuss Financial Mismanagement of Employee Retirement Plans

Rene Thorne and Charles Seemann discuss recent lawsuits filed against prominent universities for financial mismanagement of employee retirement plans and investment options in Prestigious Colleges Defend Retirement Plan Management, published by Bloomberg BNA.

August 15, 2016

Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY August, 15, 2016 - Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce that more than 145 attorneys throughout the firm's 57 locations have been named to the Best Lawyers in America 2017. In addition, 13 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the...

June 23, 2016

Jackson Lewis

Five Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized As 2016 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys

WHITE PLAINS, NY (June 23, 2016) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, congratulates Firm Chairman Vincent A. Cino, along with Principals Neil Dishman, Maurice G. Jenkins, Rene E. Thorne and Richard F. Vitarelli, on being named to Human Resource Executive magazine's “Most Powerful...

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Class Actions and Complex Litigation
  • Employee Benefits
  • Airline and Airline Service Providers
  • Gaming and Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Technology and Telecom

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(504) 208-1755  Phone
(504) 208-1759  Fax
www.jacksonlewis.com
University Attended:
Loyola University, B.A., 1990
Law School Attended:
Loyola University, J.D., 1993
Year of First admission:
1994
Admission:
2014, 1st Circuit Court of Appeals; 1994, Louisiana; 1995, Louisiana - E.D. La.; 1995, Louisiana - M.D. La.; 1995, Louisiana - W.D. La.; 2000, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals; 2017, U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit; 2011, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals; 2013, Illinois - N.D. Ill.; 2016, 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals; 2016, Indiana - S.D. Ind.; 2016, Michigan - W.D. Mich.; 2005, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Birth Information:
1967
ISLN:
909621269

Peer Reviews

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