Jeffrey Lewis

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  • Attorney at Keller Rohrback L.L.P. (72 Attorneys)
  • 300 Lakeside Drive, Suite 1000, Oakland, CA 94612
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Jeffrey Lewis has specialized in ERISA and employee benefits law since 1975. He has successfully litigated individual, group, and class action claims on behalf of hundreds of thousands of employees, retirees, and the disabled. He was a founding partner of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee & Jackson, one of the first firms in the nation to specialize in ERISA litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. Among his major successes was serving as one of appointed counsel for employees of WorldCom, Inc. in a class action which resulted in a settlement that paid more than $47 million to participants in WorldCom’s 401(k) plan. Mr. Lewis serves as a mediator both for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and privately, and has served as an arbitrator and expert witness in ERISA cases. He has also advised employee groups and benefit plan fiduciaries.

In addition to his litigation and advisory activities throughout the U.S., Mr. Lewis has testified before Congressional committees regarding pension issues, served as one of the Co-Chairs of the Senior Board of Editors of the Employee Benefits Law treatise, has taught employee benefits law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, and also has taught pension law courses at several other law schools.

Articles & Presentations

Co-Chair of the Board of Senior Editors of Lewis, et al., Employee Benefits Law (3d and 4th eds. BNA)

Board of Senior Editors, Employee Benefits Law (2d ed. BNA)

Former editor of the Discrimination Claims Under ERISA chapter of Employee Rights Litigation: Pleading and Practice (Matthew Bender, 1991)

Frequent speaker on ERISA topics such as preemption, fiduciary duty, and benefit claims at seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Bureau of National Affairs, the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), and other organizations.

Honors & Awards

Super Lawyers List, Super Lawyers magazine, 2005-2017

Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California, Super Lawyers magazine, 2010-2016

Top Attorney for ERISA Plaintiffs in the San Francisco Bar Area, The Recorder

Forty Top Benefits Attorneys, The National Law Journal, 1998

Recent Posts

Keller Rohrback Investigates Reports Wells Fargo Pressed Customers to Roll Over 401(k) Accounts into More Expensive IRAs

Court Upholds Keller Rohrback’s ERISA Claims Against CNA Financial Corporation, Northern Trust Company

Court Grants Preliminary Approval of $142 Million Settlement in Wells Fargo Unauthorized Accounts Class Action

Keller Rohrback & co-counsel file amicus brief supporting the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule on behalf of several consumer groups & AARP

Potential Excessive Fees in University of California & California State University Supplemental Retirement Plans

Keller Rohrback L.L.P.: Plaintiffs in Wells Fargo Account Scandal Seek Court Approval for $142 Million Settlement

Keller Rohrback: Plaintiffs in Wells Fargo Account Scandal Seek Court Approval for $142 Million Settlement

ERISA Guaranteed Fund Investigation

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Employee Benefits and Retirement Security
  • Employment Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
510.463.3900  Phone
510.463.3901  Fax
University Attended:
Yale University, B.A., 1970
Law School Attended:
University of California at Berkeley School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1975
Year of First Admission:
2005, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit; 1975, California; 1976, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; 1985, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California; 1991, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California; 2015, U.S. District Court of Colorado; 1993, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit; 1995, Supreme Court of the United States; 1976, California Supreme Court; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit; 2001, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit; 2001, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit; 2007, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit; 2004, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

Professional and Civic Involvement;

Elected as a charter fellow of the College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Board of Governors;

American Bar Association, Member, Labor & Employment Section, Former Plaintiff Co-Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee;

AC Transit Retirement Board, Chair, Board of Trustees;

Goodyear Retiree Health Care Trust, Member of the Plan Committee
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Tatum v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 392 F.3d 636 (4th Cir. 2004); Dobson v. Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., 389 F. 3d 386 (2d Cir. 2004); Canseco v. Construction Laborers Pension Trust, 93 F.3d 600 (9th Cir. 1996); Sonoma County Ass'n of Retired Employees v. Sonoma County, 708 F.3d 1109 (9th Cir. 2013); Trotter v. Perdue Farms, Inc., 168 F. Supp. 2d 277 (D. Del. 2001); Vivien v. Worldcom, Inc., 2002 WL 31640557 (N.D. Cal. July 26, 2002); Mertens v. Kaiser Steel Retirement Plan, 829 F. Supp. 1158 (N.D. Cal. 1992)

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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