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Mayer Brown announced that Washington DC-based Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Brian Netter has been named to The National Law Journal’s (NLJ) list of “Employment Law Trailblazers.” This list recognizes individuals who have made an impact in the employment-law landscape. (View profile.)

A co-leader of the firm’s ERISA Litigation practice, Mr. Netter was recognized by NLJ for arguing high-profile class action disputes and complex litigation cases. He has represented seven universities in separate ERISA class actions regarding the administration of retirement plans, securing the complete or near-complete dismissal of five of those lawsuits.

With the rise of university-related ERISA cases, Mr. Netter told the publication that he continues to see dramatic, dynamic developments, which has piqued the interest of the US Supreme Court. With three ERISA cases on the docket for the Supreme Court’s 2019-2020 term, Mr. Netter said appellate lawyers can play an important role by filing amicus briefs, which can “help justices make decisions with a full understanding of the pros and cons of the competing approaches.”

As employers compete on the benefits they offer employees—and employees seek to better understand their benefits in deciding where to work—Mr. Netter thinks courts will continue to work to clarify the role of federal court lawsuits.