- M.A. (Law and International Affairs)American University School of International Service1990
- J.D.American University Washington College of Lawcum laude1989
- B.A. and B.S.Ohio Universitysumma cum laude1986
Erin Sweeney advises on all facets of healthcare, including Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance, health privacy (HIPAA), welfare benefit claims, health insurance continuation (COBRA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) audits and investigations, and employee benefit plan administration, including the application of Title I of ERISA to such plans. Ms. Sweeney counsels and represents parties in litigation regarding fiduciary obligations, including plan investments, fee disclosure, and prohibited transactions and exemptions. She also provides advice concerning post-retirement medical benefits and the employee benefits provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).
Ms. Sweeney previously served as Senior Benefit Law Specialist for the Division of Fiduciary Interpretations at the DOL. She was appointed as the designated representative to quarterly DOL Office of Enforcement meetings and developed and conducted DOL auditor training. She was a primary architect of the DOL’s qualified default investment regulation proposal that impacts mutual funds, investment managers, employers, and plan trustees. She received an Exceptional Achievement award for her participation in drafting the Pension Protection Act, the most significant pension legislation since the enactment of ERISA, which affects virtually all pension plans, employers, plan investment managers, and plan service providers. Ms. Sweeney also served as an expert witness for the United States in multiple ERISA matters.
Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, Ms. Sweeney was Counsel at Latham & Watkins LLP, Paul Hastings LLP, and Dickstein Shapiro LLP, and an Associate at Arent Fox LLP.
- Senior Benefits Law Specialist, Office of Regulations and Interpretations, United States Department of Labor, 2003 - 2007
- Chambers USA: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (District of Columbia), 2019
- The Best Lawyers in America®: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2018 - 2020
- DC Bar Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015, 2018
- DC Bar Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll, 2016 - 2017
- Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
- Exceptional Achievement Award, U.S. Department of Labor
- Senior Editor, Employee Benefits Law
- Vice Chair, Employee Benefits Committee, Section of Taxation, American Bar Association
- Co-Chair, ERISA Subcommittee, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association
District of Columbia
Erin Sweeney will speak at the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law: 2020 Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting on March 18, 2020, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Layla Asali and Erin Sweeney will speak at the Federal Bar Association 2020 44th Annual Tax Law Conference on March 6, 2020, in Washington, DC.
Erin Sweeney will speak at the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law: Employee Benefits Committee 2020 Midwinter Meeting on February 8, 2020, in Rancho Mirage, California.
Rancho Mirage, CA
Erin Sweeney, Anthony F. Shelley, and Layla J. Asali will speak at the ABA Section of Taxation: 2020 Midyear Tax Meeting on January 31, 2020, in Boca Raton, Florida.
Boca Raton, FL
Erin Sweeney will present the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) webinar, "Five Takeaways from the Section 162(m) Proposed Regulations," on January 29, 2020.
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On February 17, 2017, Judge Daniel D.
On February 8, 2017, five days after the release of a Presidential Memorandum directing the U.S.
On November 28, 2016, Judge Daniel D.