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Prominent ERISA litigator Nancy Ross joins Mayer Brown’s Chicago office as partner

29 September 2014

Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Nancy G. Ross has joined the firm in Chicago as a partner in the Employment & ERISA Litigation practice. She was previously a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Ms. Ross focuses her practice primarily on employee benefits class action litigation and counseling under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). She has extensive experience in counseling and representing employers, boards of directors, plan fiduciaries and trustees in matters concerning pension and welfare benefit plans.

“The continued increase in litigation under ERISA directly impacts companies in all industries, and Nancy is well-known in the marketplace as a first-rate ERISA and benefits litigator,” said Marcia Goodman, co-leader of the Employment & ERISA Litigation practice. “Her breadth and depth of experience in counseling and litigation for these types of claims will be of tremendous value to clients, and we are thrilled to have her join Mayer Brown.”

Ms. Ross’ experience includes representation of pension plans, ESOPs, trustees and employers concerning their administration of plan assets and fiduciary responsibilities. She frequently represents directors and officers who are named as defendants in ERISA litigation over 401(k) plans and other employee benefit plans. She also has extensive experience in counseling employers seeking to reduce their retiree health benefits exposure and has successfully represented companies in litigation challenging the reduction of retiree medical benefits. Additionally, Ms. Ross has been approved by various insurance companies to represent directors and officers in fiduciary litigation.

Commenting on her decision to join Mayer Brown, Ms. Ross said, “I was especially drawn to Mayer Brown’s collaborative culture, depth and quality of legal services and tremendous platform, which greatly complement my practice. I look forward to working closely with talented lawyers across Mayer Brown’s various offices and practices to build upon the firm’s established ERISA litigation practice and esteemed reputation in client service.”

As an active member of the legal community, Ms. Ross is on the board of directors of the Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) and serves as vice chair of CBF’s Grants Committee. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Additionally, Ms. Ross is a faculty member for the ABA National Institute, for which she frequently speaks at seminars nationwide on employee benefits issues. In 2014, she was named the “Lawyer of the Year ERISA Litigation – Chicago” by Best Lawyers.

Ms. Ross holds a JD from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and a BA from the University of Colorado.

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