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ERISA Bubbles IV: More Cases and Issues Ready to Pop


ERISA Bubbles IV: More Cases and Issues Ready to Pop
$224
Webinar
Product Code - LGA162
Speaker(s): Moderator: Charles F. Seemann III, Jackson Lewis LLP; Amy R. Covert, Proskauer Rose LLP; Ronald G. Dean, Law Office of Ron Dean; Karen L. Handorf, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
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Employee benefits and associated issues have become significant drivers of social, economic and legal policy-making. With an increasingly older workforce approaching the threshold of entitlement to an ever-dwindling Social Security “safety net,” the management of retirement income and the funding of retirement benefits have important legal and policy concerns. These concerns, along with the continuing rise in healthcare costs, have drawn the attention of the federal courts and the Department of Labor.

ERISA litigation is now one of the most significant and fast-changing fields of litigation, and the stakes are still growing. Learn from the expertise of four of America’s leading practitioners – two from the plaintiff’s side, two for the defense – who will review the Supreme Court’s 2012-2013 term and its impact on ERISA litigation, address recent developments in pension and benefits litigation, and forecast important trends in this ever-changing arena. Each of our panelists brings extensive ERISA experience and a national practice perspective to this program.

Panelists:

Moderator: Charles Seemann, Jackson Lewis LLP (New Orleans, LA)
Amy Covert, Proskauer Rose, LLP (New York, NY)
Ron Dean, Law Office of Ron Dean (Pacific Palisades, CA)
Karen Handorf, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll (Washington, DC)

Educational Objectives:

• Gain an understanding of important developments in ERISA litigation.
• Learn from experienced perspectives on how existing trends will develop, and how new trends will emerge.
• Understand significant ERISA decisions and their practical implications.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?

• In-house counsel
• Benefits and HR personnel
• Private practitioners looking to stay abreast of current events in ERISA litigation

Program Level: Advanced

Credit available: CLE. For more information, please click on the “CLE Credit” tab.

Moderator: Charles F. Seemann III, Jackson Lewis LLP; Amy R. Covert, Proskauer Rose LLP; Ronald G. Dean, Law Office of Ron Dean; Karen L. Handorf, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC

Moderator:  Charles F. Seemann III, Jackson Lewis LLP
Charles F. Seemann III is a partner in the New Orleans office of Jackson Lewis LLP. His practice emphasizes the defense of ERISA litigation and regulatory investigations, but encompasses a variety of other benefits and employment-related matters as well. Mr. Seemann’s practice includes the defense of ERISA plans and plan fiduciaries at both public and private companies, multi-employer plans and plan fiduciaries, and financial institutions providing services to ERISA plans. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007, in Chambers USA since 2012, and in Louisiana Super Lawyers since 2010. In 2012, Charles was appointed to the Bloomberg BNA Pension & Benefits Advisory Board.

Mr. Seemann earned a J.D. from Louisiana State University, where he served as Articles Editor for the Louisiana Law Review, and a B.A. from Emory University. He is a member of the Bars of Texas and Louisiana and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Amy R. Covert, Proskauer Rose LLP
Amy Covert is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department at Proskauer Rose’s New York office. She has extensive experience with complex employee benefits litigation, including class actions and individual claims relating to ERISA fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction provisions; anti-cutback violations; cessation of benefit accruals; age discrimination; denials of claims for benefits; severance plans; executive and equity compensation; ERISA Section 510 retaliation claims; ERISA preemption of state law claims; plan investment losses; retiree medical benefits; plan interpretation; and plan amendments and terminations. Ms. Covert also has acted on the plaintiff’s side in delinquent contribution claims brought by the plan against employer contributors to multiemployer plans.

Ms. Covert earned a J.D. from George Washington University National Law Center and a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona. She is a member of Bars of New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ronald G. Dean, Law Office of Ron Dean
Ronald Dean has been engaged in employee benefits litigation primarily on behalf of participants for over 40 years. He is currently a member of the Board of Senior Editors of the ABA/BNA text, Employee Benefits Law, and is on the Advisory Board for ALI-ABA’s Employee Benefits Programs. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a Charter Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, for which he was a member of the Board of Directors from 2001 to 2007. Mr. Dean was named by the National Law Journal as one of the top forty benefits lawyers in the country and is listed in Southern California Super Lawyers. He was trial and appellate counsel in 15 published Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinions involving ERISA issues.

Mr. Dean earned a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. from Antioch College. His practice is based in California.

Karen L. Handorf, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
Karen Handorf is a partner with Cohen Milstein, where she represents plan participants in district court and appellate litigation involving a broad range of issues including retiree healthcare, ESOPs, employer stock, and the termination of benefits. Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Ms. Handorf served as counsel in the Plan Benefits Security Division (PBSD), Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor. In this role, Ms. Handorf was responsible for establishing and supervising the Department’s amicus brief writing program which addressed a wide range of novel and difficult ERISA issues in both state and federal court. She was also responsible for supervising the Department’s ERISA appellate litigation, district court litigation brought by regional offices of the Solicitor of Labor and administrative litigation involving the civil penalty provisions of ERISA. In 2001, Ms. Handorf was appointed Deputy Associate Solicitor of PBSD and was responsible for overseeing litigation brought by the Secretary of Labor and legal advice provided to the Employee Benefit Security Administration. In 2005, she returned to her position as supervisor of the ERISA appellate and amicus brief writing program, serving as Counsel for Appellate and Special Litigation. Ms. Handorf is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, serves as plaintiffs’ co-chair of the civil procedure subcommittee of the Employees Benefits Committee of the ABA’s Labor Section and is a frequent speaker on ERISA.

Ms. Handorf earned a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin—River Falls. She is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

This program’s CLE-credit eligibility varies by state. Bloomberg BNA is an accredited provider in the states of New York*, California, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, and most other jurisdictions grant CLE credit on a per-program basis. At this time, Bloomberg BNA does not apply directly to the states of Florida, Rhode Island, Montana and Hawaii although credit is usually available for attorneys who wish to apply individually. Additionally, the following states currently do not grant credit for Bloomberg BNA OnDemand programming: Arkansas, Ohio, Nebraska, and Delaware. All requests are subject to approval once the live webinar has taken place or the customer has viewed the OnDemand version. Please contact the Bloomberg BNA accreditations desk if you have specific questions that have not been addressed.

If you have further questions regarding a specific state or how to file for CLE credit, please contact Bloomberg BNA customer service at 800-372-1033 and ask to speak to the CLE Accreditation Coordinator.

Hardship Policy
Bloomberg BNA offers a hardship policy for attorneys earning less than $50,000 per year. If an attorney wishes to take advantage of this option, he or she must contact Bloomberg BNA directly. For attorneys who are unemployed or earning less than $35,000 per year, a full discount off the price of the program will be awarded upon written proof of hardship. Attorneys earning between $35,000 and $50,000 per year will receive a 50% discount off the price of the program. Any attorney working in the public service sector also qualifies for a special price. If you have further questions regarding the hardship policy or seek additional information, please contact Bloomberg BNA customer service at 800-372-1033 and ask to speak to the CLE Accreditations Coordinator, or email us at accreditations@bna.com.

Questions
For more information about Mandatory or Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements, visit the American Bar Association website at http://www.abanet.org/cle/mandatory.html.

* Bloomberg BNA is an accredited provider in New York for experienced attorneys only