Washington, D.C., January 6, 2015 -- Miller & Chevalier Chartered announced today that Erin M. Sweeney has joined the firm's ERISA & Fiduciary Litigation Practice as of Counsel. Sweeney joins the firm from Dickstein Shapiro's Corporate & Finance practice.
"We are excited to add Erin to our roster of ERISA lawyers," said Anthony F. Shelley, Chair of Miller & Chevalier. "She understands the intricacies of labor and benefits law and brings her talents to us at a time when ERISA obligations are becoming more complex -- and potentially costly -- for businesses. Her experience will greatly benefit our clients."
Sweeney counsels clients on a broad range of executive compensation, health care reform and employee benefit plan matters and represents companies in litigation related to fiduciary obligations, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, health care privacy (HIPAA) and benefit claims. She also designs stock option plans and programs, structures executive compensation programs and negotiates termination packages.
"Miller & Chevalier has successfully represented clients on ERISA matters since the law was enacted. The firm's 40-year history of innovative and dedicated representation provides the ideal platform for me to continue serving clients in this critical area," Sweeney said.
From 2003 - 2007, Sweeney served as a Senior Benefit Law Specialist at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) where she was the primary architect of DOL's default investment regulation that impacts mutual funds, investment managers, employees and plan trustees. At DOL, Sweeney drafted major legislation and regulations, including the Pension Protection Act of 2006, which affects virtually all pension plans, employers, plan investment managers and plan service providers, requiring companies to analyze their pension obligations more accurately and provide protections for employers and employees.
A frequent author and lecturer on employee benefits law, Sweeney earned a J.D., cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law; an M.A. in Law and International Affairs from American University School of International Service; and a dual B.S. and B.A., summa cum laude, from Ohio University. She chairs the Fiduciary Responsibility Subcommittee of the ABA Employee Benefits Committee and co-chairs the ERISA Subcommittee of the ABA Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee. She is a senior editor of Employee Benefits Law and a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.
Miller & Chevalier's ERISA & Fiduciary Litigation practice has a proven track record of success, representing insurance companies, large employers, self-funded employee benefits plans and ERISA participants since the enactment of ERISA in 1974. The top-ranked team regularly handles all types of litigation arising under ERISA, including class action lawsuits concerning challenges to benefits denials, exclusions from coverage, fiduciary liability and subrogation and reimbursement matters.
About Miller & Chevalier
Founded in 1920, Miller & Chevalier is a Washington, D.C. law firm with a global perspective and leading practices in Tax, Employee Benefits (including ERISA), International Law and Business, White Collar and Internal Investigations, Complex Litigation and Government Affairs. In an era of big law, Miller & Chevalier is a top-ranked firm sharply focused on targeted areas that interact with the federal government. Over the past three years, the firm's lawyers have represented nearly 40 percent of the Fortune 100, nearly a quarter of the Fortune 500 and nearly one-third of the Global 50. Based in Washington, D.C., a significant number of firm lawyers have held senior positions in the U.S. government and have written many of the regulations they currently help clients navigate. For more information on the firm, visit www.millerchevalier.com.
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