Benefit plans are highly regulated, their terms are often complicated, and related disputes are subject to complex procedural and substantive rules. Our team has the skills and sophisticated understanding of employee benefit plans and their governing laws—including the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, HIPAA and COBRA—to provide first-tier advocacy in benefits disputes. We represent employers, plans, fiduciaries (including fiduciary committees, trustees and investment advisors), service providers, executives and insurers in disputes that range from ordinary benefit claims to fiduciary actions related to stock transactions by ESOPs, and everything in between, including delinquent contribution and withdrawal liability actions by multiemployer plans, class action lawsuits, and governmental investigations of all plan types by the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor.
We win cases by applying a nuanced understanding of the complex statutes, regulations and case-law rules that apply to benefit disputes. And we emphasize the careful handling of benefits disputes before they become litigation. In this regard, many clients find our team's services of tremendous value when they confront and, in many cases, resolve claims at an administrative or other pre-litigation level.