For my entire career, I have represented local and international labor organizations on the full range of labor and employment matters, as well as individuals and groups of individuals with employment discrimination and wage and hour issues.
I protect workers’ retirement and healthcare security through the full range of employee benefits law issues, from the establishment, design and plan qualification of employee benefit plans to the administration and termination of such plans, including the termination of multiemployer pension plans by mass withdrawal. I represent multiemployer and single employer defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans (including 401(k) and annuity plans), as well as welfare plans in both the private and public sectors. I advise plan trustees and administrators on fiduciary responsibility, legal compliance, fund administration, investment matters and ERISA. On behalf of multiemployer defined benefit pension funds, I collect withdrawal liability through both arbitration and litigation. I also handle participant benefit claims, appeals and litigation, both on behalf of individuals claiming benefits and defending plans against such claims. I also advise on the employee benefits aspects of purchases and sales of businesses, executive and deferred compensation, and compliance with COBRA, FMLA, the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, the Pension Protection Act and other laws. My labor practice includes litigation, arbitration, collective bargaining, internal union governance and elections, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and other federal and state administrative agencies. Before joining Levy Ratner, I was a partner of Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein, P.C. and Vladeck, Waldman, Elias and Engelhard, P.C.
New York University School of Law J.D., 1978 cum laude, Order of the Coif, Moot Court Advocacy Award; Oberlin College A.B., 1973 (major, art history)