Erin Riley

Erin Riley: Attorney with Keller Rohrback L.L.P.
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Biography

Erin Riley knows that strong relationships are key in complex cases. Erin was a summer associate at Keller Rohrback in 1999, and joined Keller Rohrback’s complex litigation group in 2000.

Since the Fall of 2001, her practice has focused on representing employees and retirees in ERISA actions involving defined contribution, defined benefit, and health benefit plans. She has successfully litigated a number of ERISA breach of fiduciary duty cases including cases filed against Washington Mutual, Merrill Lynch and WorldCom. Erin has worked on ERISA-related articles and amicus briefs, and has spoken at ERISA-related conferences. She has been actively involved with the Employee Benefits Law (Bloomberg-BNA) treatise since 2012. She currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Board of Senior Editors of the treatise, and formerly served as Plaintiffs’ Co-Chair of the Civil Procedure Subcommittee and as a senior editor.

She earned her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, where she served as an editor of the Wisconsin Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University.

When not at work, Erin enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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

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

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Investigates Sears Holding Corp. 401(k) Savings Plan on Behalf of Sears and Kmart Employees

Keller Rohrback Files New Claims Against UnitedHealth Group & OptumRx for Unlawful “Clawback” Scheme

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Files Class Action Lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group and OptumRx

Keller Rohrback Investigates OptumRx, UnitedHealthcare, & Cigna for Inflating Prescription Copays

UnitedHealthcare and OptumRx Overcharge Their Customers for Prescription Drugs

Keller Rohrback Investigates Morgan Stanley’s $8 Billion 401(k) Plan

ERISA Guaranteed Fund Investigation

Articles & Presentations

Panelist, “Arbitration: Is There Anything Different About ERISA,” ABA Live Webinar, June 18, 2019.

Speaker, Western Pension & Benefits Council - Spring Seminar, Seattle, WA, 2019 (Litigation Update: Two Perspectives).

Panelist, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employee Benefits Committee - Mid-Winter Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, 2019 (Arbitration: What’s Different About ERISA?).

Panelist, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employee Benefits Committee - Mid-Winter Meeting, Austin, TX, 2017 (How to Get the Class Action Settlement Your Client Needs).

Quoted in Jacklyn Wille, “ Ninth Circuit Adopts Pro-Worker Pension Framework, ” Pension & Benefits Daily, Bloomberg BNA (Apr. 22, 2016) ( www.bna.com ).

Amgen Inc. v. Harris: What is the Status of ERISA Company Stock Cases Post-Amgen, ” ABA Employee Benefits Committee Newsletter, Spring, 2016.

Speaker, ACI ERISA Litigation, Chicago, IL, 2016 (Supreme Court Roundup).

Panelist, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employee Benefits Committee - Mid-Winter Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, 2016 (mock mediation).

Quoted in Andrea L. Ben-Yosef, “ Class Action Suits on Plan Fees Steam Ahead, ” Pension & Benefits Blog, Bloomberg BNA (Feb. 10, 2016) ( www.bna.com ).

Br. of Amicus Curiae of Pension Rights Center in Supp. of Petition, Pundt v. Verizon Communications, No. 15-785 (U.S. 2016).

Br. of Amicus Curiae AARP and National Employment Lawyers Association in Supp. of Pls.-Appellees, Whitley v. BP, P.L.C., No. 15-20282 (5th Cir. Oct. 28, 2015).

Br. of The Pension Rights Center as Amicus Curiae in Supp. of Resp’t, Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339 (U.S. Sept. 4, 2015).

Lynn L. Sarko, Erin M. Riley, and Gretchen S. Obrist, Brief for Law Professors as Amici Curiae in Support of the Petitioners, Tibble, et al. v. Edison International, et al., No. 13-550 (U.S. 2014).

Quoted in Jacklyn Wille, “ High Court to Address Statute of Limitations for Suits Challenging Retirement Plan Fees, ” Pension & Benefits Daily, Bloomberg BNA (Oct. 3, 2014) ( www.bna.com ).

Speaker, Western Pension & Benefits Council - 2014 Spring Seminar, Seattle, WA, 2014 (What’s New in Fiduciary Litigation?).

Erin M. Riley and Gretchen S. Obrist, Contributors, “ Attorneys Reflect on 40 Years of ERISA’s Biggest Court Rulings ” Pension & Benefits Daily, Bloomberg BNA, discussing CIGNA Corp. v. Amara, 131 S.Ct. 1866, 50 EBC 2569 (U.S. 2011) (95 PBD, 5/17/11; 38 BPR 990, 5/24/11) ( www.bna.com ).

Erin M. Riley and Gretchen S. Obrist, “The Impact of Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer: Finally, a Court Gets it Right!” Pension & Benefits Daily, Bloomberg BNA (154 PBD, 8/11/2014) ( www.bna.com ).

Lynn L. Sarko and Erin M. Riley, Brief for Law Professors as Amici Curiae in Support of the Respondents, Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, No. 12-751 (U.S. March 5, 2014).

“Erin M. Riley Explores the Pro-Plaintiff Aspects of the Citigroup Ruling ”, ERISA Litigation Tracker: Litigator Q&A, Bloomberg BNA (Dec. 1, 2011). Reproduced with permission from ERISA Litigation Tracker Litigator Q & A (Dec. 5, 2011). Copyright 2011 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033).

Sarah H. Kimberly, Erin M. Riley, “ Court Declines to Limit Damages in Neil v. Zell ”, ABA Employee Benefits Committee Newsletter (Spring, 2011).

Derek W. Loeser, Erin M. Riley and Benjamin Gould, “ 2010 ERISA Employer Stock Cases: The Good, the Bad, and the In-Between Plaintiffs’ Perspective ”, Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (Jan. 28, 2011).

Derek W. Loeser and Erin M. Riley, “ The Case Against the Presumption of Prudence ”, Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (Sept. 10, 2010).

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Appeals
  • Employee Benefits and Retirement Security
  • Financial Products and Services
  • Securities

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
206.224.7437  Phone
206.623.3384  Fax
www.krcomplexlit.com/attorney/erin-riley
University Attended:
Gonzaga University, B.A., French & History, cum laude, 1992
Law School Attended:
University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., cum laude; Wisconsin Law Review, 2000
Year of First Admission:
2000
Admission:
2001, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington; 2010, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; 2011, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; 2011, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; 2015, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; 2000, Wisconsin; 2000, Washington; 2016, Supreme Court of the United States
Memberships:

Professional and Civic Involvement

Wisconsin State Bar Association, Member

King County Bar Association, Member

Washington State Bar Association, Member

Civil Procedure Sub-Committee for the ABA Employee Benefits Committee, Plaintiffs' Co-Chair, 2012 - 2016

Employee Benefits Law (Bloomberg-BNA), Chapter Editor, 2012 - 2016

Employee Benefits Law (Bloomberg-BNA), Senior Editor, 2016 - 2018

Employee Benefits Law (Bloomberg-BNA), Co-Chair, Board of Senior Editors, 2018 - present

Birth Information:
Baltimore, Maryland, April 26, 1970
Reported Cases:
Current Cases: Advocate Health Care Network; AIG II; Bakery & Confectionary Union & Industry Int'l Pension Fund Pension Plan; Boeing Pension ERISA Litigation; Providence Health & Services; St. Anthony's
ISLN:
915209369
Payment Information:
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