Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s lawyers are experienced in defending cases arising under ERISA, including cases alleging interference with statutory rights, complex claims of fiduciary breach, claims alleging prohibited transactions and claims alleging violation of ERISA’s nondiscrimination provisions. We have represented clients in high-profile “stock drop” class actions, class actions challenging ESOP terminations, claims seeking benefits on behalf of allegedly “misclassified” workers and Department of Labor investigations and litigation. ERISA claims frequently are combined with claims under other state and federal employment laws, and Akin Gump has the depth and experience in employment litigation to provide an appropriate and effective team to handle any dispute involving executive compensation, benefits or separation from employment.
The firm also has experience in multiemployer plan issues. Multiemployer plans are qualified pension plans to which more than one employer is required to contribute and that are maintained pursuant to one or more collective bargaining agreements. We have represented clients in connection with contribution audits, as well as withdrawal liability, funding improvement and rehabilitation plan issues involving multiemployer plans to which they contribute.