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Ian Morrison

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Labor and Employment Department; ERISA & Employee Benefits Litigation Practice Group (Co-Chair).


Ian Morrison has extensive experience representing employers, employee benefit plans, and fiduciaries in a broad range of ERISA and employee benefits litigation. He has successfully handled numerous high-stakes ERISA class actions for Fortune 500 companies, complex individual claims, as well as complex nationwide portfolios of litigation. Many of his ERISA cases have resulted in leading and often-cited court decisions. Ian has handled a wide range of ERISA matters in court and in arbitration, including individual pension and welfare benefit claims, severance pay claims, executive compensation disputes, class action claims regarding plan design, and class action claims regarding plan administration and fiduciary responsibility.  Ian has considerable trial and appellate experience in ERISA litigation matters.


After a federal judicial clerkship, Ian joined Seyfarth Shaw LLP in 1997. Ian became a partner in the firm in 2003 and was subsequently appointed Co-Chair of the firm's ERISA & Employee Benefits Litigation Practice Group.


Ian is an active member of the ABA's Employee Benefits Committee (EBC). He has served as Co-Chair of two of its subcommittees and is a regular speaker at EBC events. Ian also is a contributing author and Co-Chair of the Board of Senior Editors of the BNA treatise Employee Benefits Law.  In addition, Ian regularly writes on ERISA litigation topics in other publications, and frequently comments in trade publications on ERISA litigation developments.


JD, Washington University in St. Louis (1995); BA, University of Chicago (1992).


When he isn’t practicing law, Ian spends time training for triathlons, traveling, and enjoying the arts.

United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation

Within: ERISA litigation

The ERISA litigation team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP experienced considerable growth in 2018 with the addition of San Francisco’s Bradley Perkins, who was formerly a senior counsel at Pacific Maritime Association, and Houston’s Scott Nelson, who joined from Baker McKenzie LLP. In addition to acting on 401(k) fiduciary breach, prohibited transaction and executive top-hat plan cases, the team also works laterally with the firm’s employee benefits lawyers to deploy unique litigation-avoidance strategies. Chicago-based practice co-head Ian Morrison defended a publicly listed paper manufacturer against a claim for breach of collective bargaining agreements. Practice co-leader Amanda Sonneborn in noted for her experience of complex DOL audits, ERISA Section 510 employment discrimination and cash balance plan claims. Also recommended are San Francisco-based Ward Kallstrom and Chicago-based Mark Casciari. University of Chicago, Burroughs and Kaiser Permanente are also among the team's clients.

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