Our ERISA practice assists its clients both avoid and successfully resolve controversies involving claims for all forms of employer-provided benefits, breach of fiduciary duty, disputes between plan sponsors and third-party administrators, and alleged “interference” with participants and beneficiaries’ rights under employee benefit plans. Drawing on the strength of other practices at the firm and developments in ERISA litigation, we provide clients with efficient, results-oriented representation in this rapidly evolving and oftentimes highly technical field. Our familiarity with the procedural traps often inherent in ERISA disputes further enables us to “cut to the chase” so that employer assets may be allocated towards the costs of providing benefits instead of the additional costs of litigation.
In addition to achieving victories for our clients before federal district and circuit courts, we pride ourselves on counseling clients on how to avoid costly litigation targeting allegedly imprudent fiduciary oversight of employer pension plans, including through monitoring investment options and service-provider fees. Our lawyers have served as leading commentators in this latest forefront of ERISA litigation, frequently presenting on the latest trends in 401(k) fee litigation and appearing in publications such as the Journal of Pension Benefits and Fiduciary News.
A cornerstone of the practice, especially as it relates to employer-sponsored pension plans, involves private briefings with clients in which members of AGG’s Employee Benefits and ERISA practices come together to counsel clients on fiduciary “best practices” and highlight emerging trends in ERISA fiduciary litigation. Often collaborating with leading employee benefits professionals from around the country, these private briefings help clients better serve their plan participants and beneficiaries by becoming “unattractive defendants” in ERISA litigation.