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Groom Law Group, Chartered
United States




Sarah Adams is an experienced litigator whose primary practice involves representing clients in class actions and government investigations. She litigates on behalf of ERISA plan sponsors, fiduciaries, alleged fiduciaries, and service providers facing allegations of ERISA violations and related claims. In particular, Sarah represents defendants in employer stock, affiliated funds, imprudent investment, 401(k) and 403(b) litigation, actuarial malpractice, and church plan putative class action litigation.

She devotes a significant portion of her practice to working on behalf of fiduciaries and others involved in employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) litigation and Department of Labor investigations.

In addition to her litigation practice, Sarah advises multiemployer plans with respect to funding and restructuring issues, including withdrawal liability issues and compliance with Pension Protection Act requirements. She focuses her efforts on finding solutions for very troubled multiemployer plans, offering them guidance with respect to rehabilitation plans and funding improvement plans. Sarah was instrumental in filing the first petition for modification of benefits under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act.

Sarah also advises clients with respect to retiree health issues, including litigating on behalf of a major airline in bankruptcy proceedings. She also represents fiduciaries responsible for administering retiree health plans, providing day-to-day counseling as well as litigating on their behalf when necessary.

Sarah is a frequent speaker and writer on recent developments in both the multiemployer plan world and the ERISA class action defense arena.


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Robert B. King, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • Member, American Bar Association


University of Michigan Law School
J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Drew University
B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > ERISA litigation

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Sarah AdamsGroom Law Group, Chartered

Groom Law Group, Chartered focuses its attention on the defense of ERISA class actions, including those relating to breach of fiduciary duties, 401(k) excessive fee and investment strategy, employer stock, defined pension plans, actuarial equivalence. The practice is led by Lars Golumbic and William Delany: Golombic is well-regarded for his involvement in class actions involving plan sponsors and fiduciaries and service providers as well as DOL investigations and enforcement matters, while Delany shares this focus along with Michael Prame, advising on ERISA class actions regarding plan administration, stock drops and fiduciary duties. Mark Nielsen has represented insurance companies and health plan sponsors in cases relating to fiduciary duties and defective COBRA notices and Sarah Adams concentrates on class actions and government investigations, litigating on behalf of plan sponsors, fiduciaries facing allegations of ERISA violations, focusing on ESOPs, imprudent investment, actuarial malpractice and church plan putative class actions. Samuel Levin and Edward Meehan are also key contacts within the practice. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.