Anthony F. Shelley
Member
Chair, Executive Committee

Washington, D.C.
ashelley@milchev.com
202-626-5924
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Anthony F. Shelley

Anthony Shelley is a member with Miller & Chevalier Chartered in Washington, DC. His practice focuses on litigation and regulatory issues relating to health and pension benefits. Mr. Shelley's experience includes matters involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), other federal employee benefits statutes, such as the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

He has defended companies and plans in class actions and individual suits concerning challenges to benefits denials, exclusions from coverage, fiduciary actions, medical provider claims, and subrogation and reimbursement determinations. He has dealt in depth with issues of federal jurisdiction and preemption of state law, as well as governmental regulatory authority and administrative law. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and served as lead counsel in numerous cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals. Mr. Shelley advises insurers and employers regularly on the ACA's requirements and its implementing regulations. Another aspect of Mr. Shelley’s practice focuses on claims against the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) in connection with the termination of pension plans under distress and the PBGC's subsequent administration of those plans.

Mr. Shelley is frequently quoted on timely issues and speaks regularly at national and industry conferences. Mr. Shelley has been published in a wide variety of business publications. He is currently Chair of Miller & Chevalier's Executive Committee.

Mr. Shelley also has a substantial pro bono practice, having been appointed by the D.C. Circuit more than a dozen times in the past several years to represent prisoners and other indigents on important constitutional, statutory, and procedural issues. In November 2015, he argued Bruce v. Samuels, No. 14-844. before the U.S. Supreme Court, a case stemming from one of his D.C. Circuit appointments.

Government Experience
Corporate Experience
Rankings and Recognition
  • Chambers USA: ERISA Litigation (National), 2009 - 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Litigation - ERISA, 2011 - 2017
  • Legal 500: Labor & Employment: ERISA Litigation, 2012 - 2016 
Professional and Community Involvement
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia Superior Court
  • New York State Appellate Division IV
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Clerkships
Foreign Languages
Education
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude, 1987
  • B.A., Canisius College, summa cum laude, 1984