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D Ward Kallstrom

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Labor and Employment Department; ERISA & Employee Benefits Litigation Practice Group.


Ward Kallstrom is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP's San Francisco office who has specialized for more than 30 years in all aspects of ERISA and ERISA-related advice and litigation (trials and appeals), especially class and fiduciary actions. This has included litigation over plan fees and expenses, ESOPs and other stock funds, medical plan reimbursement, LTD and other benefit claim denials, fiduciary misrepresentations, corporate downsizing, contingent worker claims, managed care plans, retiree benefit cutbacks, and the fiduciary exception to the attorney-client privilege. Most recently it has included provider reimbursement and plan claw-back claims. In addition, Ward has extensive experience representing multiemployer plans.


California State Bar, 1977 - present; United States Supreme Court Bar, 1990 - present; Lillick & Charles LLP (now Nixon Peabody), San Francisco, Associate 1977-1984, Partner 1984-2000; Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP (now Dentons), San Francisco, Partner 2000-2004; Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, San Francisco, Partner 2004-2010; Seyfarth Shaw LLP, San Francisco, Partner 2010 - present; Council Member, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2003-2012; Senior Board of Editors, Employee Benefits Law (1st & 2d Eds. & annual supplements), 1989-2006, Management Co-Chair, Senior Board of Editors, 2002-2005; Chair, ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, 1993-94; Management Co-Chair, LEL Committee on Employee Benefis, 1991-94; Northern California Super Lawyer, 2003 to present; Ranked in Chambers USA, 2007 to present.


American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, 2000-present (Founding Governor and Charter Fellow); College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow, 1999-present; ABA, LEL Employee Benefits Committee, 1983-present; Western Pension and Benefits Conference; Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2014-present).


JD, Duke University School of Law (1977), cum laude, Duke Law Journal; BA, University of California, Santa Barbara (1972), highest honors.

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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