Joe Lifsics is an associate in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office and a member of its Employment & Benefits practice focusing on ERISA Title I matters. Joe’s practice focuses on ERISA issues relating to pension investments and private funds. He assists with the structuring and formation of funds, including the drafting of fund documents and negotiates with prospective investors regarding their ERISA-related comments to fund documents and side letters. Additionally, Joe helps fund sponsors maintain their funds as qualifying for an exception to holding plan assets under ERISA, including the structuring of the underlying investments of such funds. Joe also assists plan sponsors, investment managers, and other fiduciaries with respect to their fiduciary obligations and represents issuers, borrowers, underwriters and commercial banks in connection with ERISA issues relating to securitizations, loans and other financial transactions.  

Joe serves as the Vice-Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee for the Chicago Bar Association.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Hebrew


Hebrew Theological College, BA, with high honors

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, JD, magna cum laude
Chicago-Kent Law Review


  • Illinois