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Plaintiffs’ employment lawyers often shy away from anything having to do with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Our panel of ERISA experts break down this important worker protection statute into easy-to-understand language to help you identify ERISA issues and litigation opportunities. Topics covered include ERISA’s statutory framework, strategies for handling pension and disability benefit claims, exhausting the administrative claims process, the standard of review when claims are denied, and breaches of fiduciary duties.
Margo Hasselman Margo Hasselman is a shareholder with Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C., in Oakland, California. Ms. Hasselman’s practice includes representing employees in Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) welfare benefit and pension...MoreMargo Hasselman is a shareholder with Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C., in Oakland, California. Ms. Hasselman’s practice includes representing employees in Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) welfare benefit and pension litigation, Title VII employment discrimination litigation, and wage and hour litigation. Ms. Hasselman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Honors and Highest Distinction and of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. Hasselman has spoken at the Western Pension and Benefits Conference on “401(k) and Other Fiduciary Litigation,” the Nationwide Teleconference sponsored by Strafford Publications on “Reducing Retiree Benefits: Employer’s Legal Risks and Responsibilities,” and the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Annual CLE Conference on “What Labor and Employment Lawyers Need to Know About ERISA.” She is a Contributing Author to Sacher, et al., Employee Benefits Law (BNA Books), Chapter 11, “ERISA Preemption and Effect on Other Laws” (2008 Supplement). Ms. Hasselman has also written and contributed to articles regarding aspects of employee benefits law and contributed to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court of the United States. Collapse
Robert J. Truhlar Robert J. Truhlar practices employment and labor law in Centennial, Colorado, and is a partner with his spouse, Doris, in Truhlar and Truhlar, L.L.P. He graduated from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota and received his law degree from the...MoreRobert J. Truhlar practices employment and labor law in Centennial, Colorado, and is a partner with his spouse, Doris, in Truhlar and Truhlar, L.L.P. He graduated from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota and received his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1981. Mr. Truhlar is a Past President of the Colorado Bar Association (“CBA”). In September 2003 he received the University of Denver College of Law’s Law Star’s Award for Alumni Professionalism with his partner Doris. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America under Labor and Employment Law in Colorado since 1989. In the first edition of Chambers USA (2003-2004), he was ranked number 1 under employment law in Colorado on the plaintiff’s side. Since 2006 he has been voted annually as a “SuperLawyer” in his field by his peers. In 2009, he was one of the Top 50 lawyers statewide in votes received. He is a member of the National College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the National Employment Lawyers Association. He previously served on NELA’s Executive Board and as its affiliate co-chair. He served for four years as President of the Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association (PELA) and served for three years as Co-Chair of the CBA Labor Law Forum Committee. From 1994 to 2002, he was editor of the annual employment law issue for Trial Talk magazine, published by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Truhlar is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He has been qualified as an expert witness in the area of attorney fees in both state and federal court. He co-authored the chapter on “Professionalism and Ethics” in the Employment Litigation Handbook published by the ABA and co-authored the chapter, “Litigation of Employment Cases” in the CBA-CLE in Colorado manual titled “The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Employment Law.” He is also an AAA employment panel arbitrator. Mr. Truhlar was born in Chicago and has been a Cubs fan for 60 years. Collapse
Ellen M. Doyle Ellen M. Doyle is a partner in Stember Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC, where she represents plaintiffs primarily in class actions. She has been appointed as lead or co-lead counsel for numerous classes of ERISA plan participants, in cases...MoreEllen M. Doyle is a partner in Stember Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC, where she represents plaintiffs primarily in class actions. She has been appointed as lead or co-lead counsel for numerous classes of ERISA plan participants, in cases challenging, inter alia, the plan’s continued investment in company stock. See Sims, et al. v. First Horizon National Corp., et al., No. 2:08-CV-2293 (W.D. Tenn.); Crocker v. KV Pharmaceutical Co., No. 4:09-cv-00198 (E.D. Mo.); In re Regions Morgan Keegan ERISA Litigation, No. 2:08-cv-02192 (W.D. Tenn.); and In re PFF Bancorp, Inc. ERISA Litig., No. 08-01093 (C.D. Ca.). She has also represented plan participants in numerous other cases including Glauberman v. Joy Technologies, Inc., No. 87-2696 (W.D.Pa.)(calculation of benefits on plan termination); Barnes v. Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., No. CA3- 92-CV-0694-D (N.D.Tex.) (back-loading of plan accruals); and DiCioccio v. Duquesne Light Company, No. 93-0442 (W.D.Pa.) (challenging exclusion of certain compensation from pension calculation); and in medical benefits cases challenging the methods by which claims administrators calculate participants’ co-payments. See In re Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania Litigation, No. 93-1591 (W.D.Pa.); Kennedy v. United Healthcare of Ohio, Inc., No. C2-98-128 (S.D. Ohio); and Sintich v. Health Care Services Administration, (N.D. Ohio). Ms. Doyle is currently the Plaintiffs’ Co-Chair of the ABA-ERR’s Employee Benefits Sub-Committee and a frequent speaker on employee benefits litigation. Collapse
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What Every Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyer Needs To Know About ERISA - Audio
What Every Plaintiffs’ Employment Lawyer Needs To Know About ERISA - Paper
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