ERISA Litigation

Payne & Fears LLP represents companies and employee benefit plans in employee benefits litigation, typically defending plan determinations in the federal courts against claims for long-term disability, pension, 401(k), medical and life benefits.  Our attorneys have extensive experience in the federal courts where such claims are commonly brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) and where the ERISA preemption defense is commonly asserted.  Where benefits lawsuits are improperly brought in the state courts, we have frequently removed them to the federal courts under the jurisdiction of ERISA.   We also have significant experience in representing employee benefit plans in federal interpleader actions, where two or more plan participants have conflicting claims to the same benefits, and the plan seeks direction from the federal court about which participant should be paid.