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Nancy G. Ross

Nancy G. Ross

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Top 10 Reasons to Have an ERISA Litigator on Speed Dial


Named a 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers

“‘a go-to person for ERISA litigation,’” and “‘thorough in her preparation and skilled in negotiation’... ‘an absolutely excellent ERISA litigator...’"

Chambers USA

Nancy G. Ross is a partner in Mayer Brown's Chicago office and Co-Chair of the ERISA Litigation practice. She focuses her practice primarily on the area of employee benefits class action litigation and counseling under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Nancy has extensive experience in counseling and representing employers, boards of directors, plan fiduciaries and trustees in matters concerning pension and welfare benefit plans. Her experience includes representation of pension and 401(k) plans, ESOPs, trustees and employers concerning their administration of plan assets and fiduciary responsibilities before the courts and the Department of Labor. Nancy 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 assisting employers seeking to reduce their retiree health benefits exposure.  Nancy has also been approved by various insurance companies to represent directors and officers in fiduciary litigation.

Nancy is consistently recognized as a leader in ERISA litigation by the most highly regarded legal directories and industry publications in the United States. Since 2006, Chambers USA has recognized Nancy as a leader in ERISA litigation and benefits litigation. Legal 500 has recognized her as a leader in ERISA litigation since 2008 and refers to her as an authority on employee and benefits disputes, stating, “Nancy Ross is ‘just a total expert’ on employee benefits disputes, and ‘understands the implication of every issue.’” She was named a 2019 “Lawyer of the Year ERISA Litigation - Chicago” by Best Lawyers. She was also listed in Benchmark Litigation’s 2018 “Top 250 Women in Litigation” list, which highlights the nation’s leading women who participate in the “most impactful litigation matters in recent history[.]” Nancy has also been named among the top lawyers in the field of employee benefits/ERISA by Illinois Super Lawyers since 2005. She has also been named one of the top 50 women lawyers in Illinois consistently since 2008, and was named among the top 100 lawyers in Illinois in 2017 and 2018. Best Lawyers also selected Nancy as the 2016 “Lawyer of the Year Honoree, Litigation – ERISA” in addition to selecting her as a 2014 “Lawyer of the Year ERISA Litigation - Chicago.” Best Lawyers named Nancy a nominee for their inaugural 2017 “Women of Influence” Award stating, “Nancy’s confidence in herself and her abilities, whether in the courtroom, on a client call, or at a firm meeting, always shines through, setting a wonderful example for women around her.”

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