Labor Department Chief of Health Plan Enforcement and Former Deputy Associate Solicitor Joanne Roskey Joins Miller & Chevalier
Washington, DC, January 4, 2023 – Miller & Chevalier Chartered is pleased to announce the addition of Joanne Roskey to its ERISA & Employee Benefits practice as a Member. Roskey joins the firm from the Department of Labor's (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), where she served as Chief of the Division of Health Investigations.
"Joanne has held key roles at DOL and has deep, firsthand insight into a broad array of employee benefits issues, having addressed them both from a regulatory and litigation perspective. Her experience will be enormously valuable to our clients as we work with them to address some of their most complex issues in this area," said Kathryn Cameron Atkinson, Chair of Miller & Chevalier.
"Joanne is a wonderful addition to our employee benefits and ERISA litigation team," said Andrew Wise, Chair of Miller & Chevalier's Litigation department. "Her investigative, advisory, and litigation experience will be valuable to our clients, who are sophisticated parties dealing with a number of emerging legal challenges in this space."
Roskey brings over two decades of government and private practice experience to Miller & Chevalier. In her most recent role as Chief of the Division of Health Investigations for the DOL, Roskey led the strategic planning and oversight of EBSA's health plan enforcement program and implemented, monitored, and assessed compliance with national enforcement plans carried out by 10 regional offices across the country. Previously, she was Deputy Associate Solicitor in the Office of the Solicitor's Plan Benefits Security Division and an employee benefits trial attorney at the department, as well as Associate General Counsel to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Roskey began her legal career in private practice, holding associate attorney roles at two Washington, DC-based firms.
"When deciding to return to private practice, I sought a firm with a sophisticated and diverse client base that would benefit from the skills and expertise I developed during my time at the DOL," added Roskey. "Tess Gee and Tony Shelley are known as excellent advocates and thought leaders and the Miller & Chevalier's ERISA & Employee Benefits Litigation team has been involved with some of the most interesting issues in our space over the past decade. This firm provides a platform on which I can continue to grow both as a litigator and counselor, and I look forward to joining this vibrant team."
At Miller & Chevalier, Roskey will advise clients in government investigations, compliance, and litigation across a wide range of employee benefits matters, including health and retirement plan enforcement, mental health parity, surprise billing, audits, abortion coverage, fiduciary responsibilities, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) regulations, cryptocurrency, and cybersecurity regulations. With extensive knowledge on the complex intersection of healthcare and employee benefits, Roskey is equipped to counsel plan sponsors and service providers throughout the evolving regulatory landscape.
Since ERISA's enactment in 1974, Miller & Chevalier has represented insurance companies, employers, fiduciaries, plans and participant associations in complex ERISA litigation matters. The firm's experience in ERISA litigation runs the gamut, including breach of fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction claims, ERISA class action lawsuits, subrogation and reimbursement matters, challenges to benefits denials, litigation against both the DOL and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), and litigation arising in the intersection between ERISA and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Additionally, the firm has represented clients in a wide range of agency actions, including DOL investigations and audits, and appeals before the PBGC. The team also has significant experience in the area of federal preemption of state laws under ERISA and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act (FEHBA), the federal law that governs the health care of federal government workers.
Roskey is an active member of the American Bar Association's Employee Benefits Committee, previously serving as Co-Chair from 2018 to 2021, and is a member of the selection committee for the Robert N. Walton Scholarship. While at the DOL, Roskey served as a liaison for the Gary S. Tell ERISA Litigation Scholarship Foundation.
Roskey earned a J.D. with honors from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she served as Associate Editor of the Maryland Law Review. She also holds a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Philosophy from the George Washington University and an M.A. in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University.
About Miller & Chevalier
Founded in 1920, Miller & Chevalier is a Washington, DC law firm with a global perspective and leading practices in Tax, International Law, Litigation, ERISA, White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations, Government Contracts, and Government Affairs. Miller & Chevalier is a top-ranked firm sharply focused on targeted areas that interact with the federal government. 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.
Laura Miller, Media Relations, Greentarget, 312-252-4104