What You Need to Know About ERISA - Financial Accounting & Current Issues in ERISA Litigation

Price: $224 OnDemand

Philip E. Deitch
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Charles F. Seemann III
Shareholder, Jackson Lewis P.C.
Lewis R. Clayton
Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP


This program is one out of 12 OnDemand programs designed for those who address issues related to employee benefits and executive compensation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the federal tax laws, including attorneys in private practice, employee-benefits consultants, compensation managers and consultants, in-house counsel, human-resources personnel and providers of services to plans.

A group of highly respected practitioners who are leaders in the field will provide a comprehensive overview of critical ERISA basics you need to know, ranging from the rules governing tax-qualified retirement plans, to fiduciary considerations applicable to plan assets, to design and implementation of programs relating to executive compensation, to the many developments surrounding health-care reform.

This program will provide you with the opportunity to hear about the latest developments in this constantly evolving area of practice.

These courses were originally part of a live event offered in October 2015. The event was co-chaired by Andrew Gaines, Partner at Paul Weiss, and Andrew Oringer, Partner at Dechert LLP. For information on future events on this topic please contact us at ProfessionalLearning@bna.com.



Philip Deitch is a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ LLP Global Human Resource Solutions (GHRS) Consulting Group. He works with clients on defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans, addressing issues relating to plan design, strategic funding, and compliance with governmental regulations. In the last few years, Mr. Deitch has carved out a niche designing plans for partnerships to enhance tax deferral opportunities in qualified pension plans. Mr. Deitch earned an A.B. from Brown University.


Charles Seemann is a Shareholder in the New Orleans office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice emphasizes ERISA and employment law and also encompasses a wide variety of litigation and counseling matters. Mr. Seemann’s primary practice focus 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. In addition to ERISA, Mr. Seemann has extensive experience in a wide range of employment matters, including stock-option disputes and executive compensation litigation; wage and hour advice and litigation; and private litigation and regulatory investigations in discrimination, hostile-environment and similar matters.

Since 2012, Chambers USA has listed Mr. Seemann among the nation’s pre-eminent lawyers, noting his “strong reputation” and client remarks that “he thinks outside the box” and “knows everything that’s ever happened in a case.” Mr. Seemann has also been named in The Best Lawyers in America and was recognized as its 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” in his area. Mr. Seemann has also been included in Louisiana Super Lawyers since 2010. In 2012, Mr. Seemann was appointed to the Pension & Benefits Advisory Board at Bloomberg BNA.

Mr. Seemann earned a J.D. from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he served as Articles Editor for the Louisiana Law Review, and a B.A. from Emory University. He is admitted to practice in both Louisiana and Texas, but he has represented clients in complex and class action matters in numerous jurisdictions, including New York, California, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts, Indiana, Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Mississippi, and Washington D.C. Mr. Seemann is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Tax Court, and several Circuit Courts of Appeals.


A partner in the Litigation Department and co-chair of the Intellectual Property and ERISA Litigation Groups at Paul Weiss, Lew Clayton is a nationally recognized litigator and trial lawyer. He has handled major litigations and counseled clients in a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters. Two areas on which he particularly focuses are intellectual property litigation and counseling and ERISA, benefits and pension litigation.

Mr. Clayton Lew is handling a number of major ERISA and benefits-related litigations for several major financial institutions and other clients. He also has extensive experience handling patent litigation in the cosmetics, computer and medical devices industries, among others, and counseling clients in a broad range of patent, copyright, trademark and advertising matters.

Mr. Clayton earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and an A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College. He is admitted to practice in New York.