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Mayer Brown
WASHINGTON, DC 20006-1101
United States

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United States > Labor and employment > ERISA litigation

(Next Generation Partners)

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Mayer Brown’s ERISA litigation experts are involved in a number of cutting-edge suits concerning 403(b) university plan litigation, with practice heads Nancy Ross and Brian Netter (based in Chicago and Washington DC, respectively) defending the likes of Georgetown University and Cornell University against high-value claims of fiduciary breaches. The team represents plan sponsors of publicly-listed companies in class actions challenging the administration of 401(k) plans, as well as novel matters involving the transferal of assets between defined contribution plans. Ross and Chicago-based Richard Novak are also engaged by ESOP trustees in litigation involving prohibited transaction claims.

United States > Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Jointly led by Andrew Pincus, Nicole Saharsky, and New York-based Lauren Goldman, Mayer Brown‘s appellate group is praised by clients as ‘the class act of a very classy bunch’. The group stands out for its recent work in the areas of class actions and arbitration-related disputes. Split 5-4 in the case of Lamps Plus Inc. v Varela, the Roberts Court ruled in favor of the team’s client Lamps Plus, adopting a narrow interpretation of the Federal Arbitration Act and holding that ambiguous contracts cannot be deemed to include the necessary contractual consent to arbitrate on a class basis. Other key figures include Brian Netter, a contact for ERISA litigation; Evan Tager, whose brief writing clients have labeled ‘a work of art’; and Chicago-based Timothy Bishop, who is routinely involved in environmental and land use claims, with Weyerhaeuser Co. v U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service being one of many recent examples. In May 2019, Michael Kimberly and Paul Hughes left the firm for McDermott Will & Emery LLP.