ERISA Litigation: Significant Trends and Developments for 2017 & Beyond
Claims and class actions associated to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) are becoming more complex than ever. Various types of cases as well as substantive differences in managing and defending against these claims are continuously challenging many companies and organizations. In this current ERISA litigation landscape, it is imperative for companies and their counsel to understand the emerging trends and developments in this area to be able to successfully manage and win against any future ERISA lawsuit.
The Knowledge Group has assembled a panel of key thought leaders to provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of the latest trends and developments in ERISA litigation. The speakers will also offer strategies in litigating ERISA claims and class actions in the current complex environment.
In this LIVE Webcast, the speakers will discuss:
- Recent Trends in ERISA Claims and Class Actions
- Legal Developments
- Latest Regulatory Updates and Impact to ERISA Litigation
- Review of Recent ERISA Cases
- Best Strategies in Litigating ERISA Claims
David R. Johanson, Partner
Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP
- ERISA procedural prudence matters, whether an ESOT is acquiring shares of company stock or weighing in on a redemption transaction that will result in the ESOT becoming a sole shareholder;
- Even if the U.S. Department of Labor withdraws its “Fiduciary” Rule (unlikely), the lawsuits alleging self-dealing (cases where the plan’s third-party record keeper, trustee, or administrator also provides its own brand of mutual funds or other investments as an investment alternative under the plan) will not stop.
- Plan sponsors, administrators, and/or trustees should brace themselves for increased litigation if the proposed changes to the Form 5500 are finalized without changes (given the reintroduction of Schedule E for ESOPs and a specific, new question on Schedule H that would require plan auditors to state whether a prohibited transaction has occurred).
D. Lee Heavner, Managing Principal
Analysis Group, Inc.
- Discuss issues that come up
- How different factors are determined
Who Should Attend:
- ERISA Class Action Lawyers
- Class Action Counsel
- Legal Counsel
- Plan Fiduciaries, Sponsors and Administrators
- Private and Public Companies
- Other Related & Interested Professionals
Dr. Heavner is a managing principal at Analysis Group, Inc. He received his Ph.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. His ERISA-related experience includes consulting on numerous litigations and government investigations regarding the selection and monitoring of plan service providers and investments, portfolio management decisions, and the reasonableness of fees. These matters have involved a variety of types of defined contribution and defined benefit plans as well as many different investment structures. Dr. Heavner has published articles and spoken on ERISA litigation topics such as expert analysis of the selection and monitoring of retirement plan service providers, the evaluation of fees, asset allocation, damages, and class certification. Dr. Heavner previously taught economics and finance at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business.
Dr. Heavner is a managing principal at Analysis Group, Inc. He received his Ph.D. and M.B.A. from the University of …
David R. Johanson is Partner-in-Charge of the Napa office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. He also has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas to cover his national client base with a team of more than 20 partners, associates, and paralegals. David and his team assist in general corporate matters and in employee ownership, benefit, ERISA, and related business matters, with an emphasis on executive compensation, equity incentive plans, non-qualified deferred compensation, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), ESOP transactions, mergers and acquisitions (and related tax planning), and business succession and estate planning. David and his team have defended ERISA fiduciaries, plan sponsors, selling shareholders, and investment advisers in ERISA litigation matters involving ESOPs and business transactions in federal and state courts throughout the country in a wide range of controversies covering ERISA fiduciary responsibilities, ESOP valuation disputes, disclosure obligations, investment issues, non-competition disputes, and tax matters. David has extensive experience in negotiating ESOP, ERISA, and other issues with government regulatory agencies and in representing ERISA fiduciaries and members of Boards of Directors and officers in state and federal litigation throughout the country.
David R. Johanson is Partner-in-Charge of the Napa office of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. He also has offices …
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Method of Presentation:
Experience in Employee Benefits Law
NASBA Field of Study:
Specialized Knowledge - Technical
NY Category of CLE Credit:
Areas of Professional Practice
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About Analysis Group, Inc.
Analysis Group is one of the largest private economics consulting firms, with more than 700 professionals across 11 offices in the United States, Canada, and China. Since 1981, we have provided expertise in economics, finance, health care analytics, and strategy to top law firms, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies worldwide. Our internal experts, together with our network of affiliated experts from academia, industry, and government, offer our clients exceptional depth of expertise.
About Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP
Over the last half century, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP has grown to include more than 150 lawyers in 10 offices across the country. The team represents many of America’s largest corporations, small local businesses, and individuals in complex litigation and transactions. As national leaders in their fields of expertise, their ESOP, Employee Benefits, M&A, Tax & ERISA group brings extraordinary depth in perspective when advising clients in connection with retirement plans, equity incentives, executive compensation, shareholder issues, fiduciaries, mergers and acquisitions, and employment and benefits litigation throughout the country.