Vaughan Baio & Partners’ Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and employee benefits practice group advises human resource departments and qualified plan administrators on the legal questions related to their ERISA plans and employee benefits. The attorneys in this practice group also work in tandem with the firm’s other divisions to advise clients on how to best handle employment-related conflicts.
TRUSTED BY THE LARGEST EMPLOYERS AND PLAN ADMINISTRATORS
When maintaining your company’s ERISA plans, your organization has a fiduciary duty to manage those plans in your employees’ best interests. With this heightened duty comes great responsibility—and increased legal exposure if your decisions harm your employees. Today’s volatile economic and employment environments are forcing companies to make complex decisions regarding not only their ERISA plan’s assets, but also their employees’ paid leave benefits, healthcare coverage and 401(k) plans. With these ever-changing conditions at play, employers and plan administrators cannot afford to lose their employees’ trust and put themselves at risk for heightened legal exposure.
Vaughan Baio & Partners’ ERISA and employee benefits practice group is here to help you troubleshoot the often complex issues that can arise when managing your organization’s qualified plans and employee benefits. Human resource departments and plan administrators from some of the country’s largest employers have turned to our attorneys for guidance on litigation mitigation strategies, fiduciary duty issues, benefits plan appeals and 401(k) plan conflicts. We also have specific experience handling COBRA disputes, retiree rights, benefits plan litigation, subrogation lawsuits, withdrawal liability actions, cash balance claims and collectively bargained plan disputes. Additionally, our lawyers are well-versed in best practices for handling benefits disputes arising from corporate mergers, acquisitions restructurings, and bankruptcies. Regardless of the issue your team confronts, Vaughan Baio & Partners is well-equipped and prepared to help answer all of your ERISA and employee benefits questions.
SENSITIVE TO EMPLOYERS’ NEEDS
When your business and employees’ needs are under the spotlight, you cannot afford to view your ERISA and employee benefits issues through an isolated bubble. Companies in various industries have ever-changing needs that require diverse viewpoints to develop impactful responses. While litigation can be contentious, we do not rush our clients into the courtroom. Instead, we take a measured approach that fully considers our clients’ needs and goals. We also draw from the eclectic perspectives of our partners and associates to provide our clients with well-rounded, well-informed guidance.
We understand that defending against litigation is just as much a business decision as it is a legal one. That is why we make every effort from the outset to meet with our clients, thoroughly analyze the procedural and substantive rules at play, and clarify our clients’ goals before moving forward. From there, we confirm our clients’ litigation objectives, and tailor our legal strategies to put them in the best position to achieve them. Our ERISA and employee benefits attorneys have comprehensive experience at all levels of federal and state courts. We are well-versed in using mediation, alternative dispute resolution, and procedural tools to steer the outcome in your favor.
Considering emerging health crises and a volatile economy, you need to ensure your company is relying on trusted, trial-tested counsel as your organization decides how to effectively manage your company’s plan assets. Vaughan Baio & Partners’ ERISA and employee benefits lawyers will harness our years of experience working with diverse employers to help you resolve litigation in the best interests of your organization.