- J.D.University of California, Hastings College of the Law1988
- A.B.University of California at Berkeley1982
Tess Gee is the author of ERISA: Department of Labor Investigations and Litigation (Practicing Law Institute), an authoritative guide to the Department of Labor's (DOL) regulations and guidance, enforcement priorities, litigation positions, and views advocated through its amicus curiae briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeals. From 2017 to 2019, Tess was Chair of the firm's Employee Benefits Department.
Tess practices in the area of employee benefits with a specific focus on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA). She focuses on both litigation and counseling in connection with fiduciary responsibilities under ERISA. Tess served for nearly 15 years in DOL's Office of the Solicitor, most recently as a Deputy Associate Solicitor in the division responsible for ERISA litigation and advice. While with DOL, she represented the government in investigations and cases involving breaches of fiduciary duty and prohibited transactions in connection with the value of company stock, corporate fraud, excessive fees, health plans and plan investments, as well as funding and other issues under Title IV of ERISA.
Since leaving the government, Tess has utilized her extensive past experience to assist clients in responding to DOL fiduciary investigations and inquiries and advising on plan design, fiduciary processes, disclosures and compliance with ERISA's prohibited transaction provisions. She has successfully defended major corporations, directors and officers in class actions alleging fiduciary breaches, obtaining dismissal, nonmonetary settlement and favorable summary judgment rulings in various matters.
Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, Tess advised clients under DOL investigation and was an ERISA class action litigator at a global law firm with offices in Washington, DC.
- Assisted clients in responding to DOL fiduciary investigations and inquiries.
- Counseled financial institutions, plan sponsors, and other clients on fiduciary structure and processes, disclosures and compliance with ERISA's prohibited transaction provisions.
- Successfully defended major corporations, directors, and officers in ERISA class actions in connection with employer stock funds offered by 401(k) plans, obtaining favorable rulings on dismissal and summary judgment, and achieving nonmonetary settlements in separate matters.
- Obtained no-action letters at conclusion of DOL fiduciary investigations.
- Defended clients in arbitration, litigation, and class actions alleging ERISA fiduciary breaches and prohibited transactions in connection with administrative expenses, investment fees charged to plans, and other fiduciary issues.
- Deputy Associate Solicitor, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, 2005 - 2008
- Senior Trial Attorney, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, 2004 - 2005
- ERISA Counsel, Regional Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, 2000 - 2004
- ERISA Trial Attorney, Regional Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, 1994 - 2000
- Legal 500: Labor & Employment: ERISA Litigation, 2016 - 2019
- Legal 500: Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation: Design, 2016, 2019
- The Best Lawyers in America®: Litigation – ERISA, 2018 - 2020
- The Best Lawyers in America®: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2020
- Secretary of Labor Exceptional Achievement Award (Litigation), 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006 - 2008
- Secretary of Labor Exceptional Achievement Award (Training), 2002, 2005
- Former Co-Chair, Fiduciary Responsibility, American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, Employee Benefits Committee
- Former Co-Chair, Civil Practice and Procedure, American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, Employee Benefits Committee
- Board Member, Gary S. Tell ERISA Scholarship Foundation
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Anthony F. Shelley, Theresa Gee, and Erin Sweeney will present The ERISA Industry Committee's (ERIC) webinar titled, "Legal Developments in Employee Benefits Law," on February 5, 2020.
Tess Gee commented on a court case some attorneys say endorsed one type of investment over another in 401(k) retirement plans. In Putnam Investments, LLC v. Brotherston, the U.S.
Tess Gee commented on the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming review of Thole vs.
Washington, DC, August 16, 2019 – Miller & Chevalier Chartered is pleased to announce that 26 firm lawyers were selected as top Washington, DC, practitioners in The Best Lawyer
Washington, DC, May 29, 2019 – Miller & Chevalier Chartered announced today that the firm received practice and individual rankings in the 2018 edition of Legal 500 United
On May 2, 2019, the Third Circuit issued its precedential decision in Sweda v.
Miller & Chevalier Chartered proudly announces the publication of ERISA: Department of Labor Investigations, Enforcement, and Litigation, authored by Theresa S. (Tess) Gee.
Following a period of relative silence from the trio of federal appellate courts tasked with ruling on challenges to the Department of Labor's (DOL's) new fiduciary definition and final conflict of
Ten years to the day after Tibble v. Edison International was filed, Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the U.S.