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The Life of an ERISA Claim: Know the Basics and the Pitfalls [PODCAST]

In this podcast, Byrne Decker and Steven Silver cover need-to-know basics on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), including when ERISA applies, common challenges for employers, and how ERISA claims are litigated. They also discuss issues that may come up for sports industry employers such as handling disability claims involving concussions.

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Byrne Decker, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Portland, Labor and Employment and Litigation Law Attorney
Shareholder

Byrne Decker is the Office Managing Shareholder in the firm’s Portland, Maine office. Byrne has one of the most extensive ERISA/employee benefits litigation defense practices in the nation. He defends, on a nation-wide basis, benefits cases in both ERISA and non-ERISA contexts, including in particular, complex benefits cases and class actions. Byrne has appeared in district courts in every federal judicial circuit and has an active appellate practice with respect to benefits issues. He has authored several briefs and petitions to the United States Supreme Court in...

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Steven Silver, Ogletree, labor and employment lawyer
Associate

Steven Silver is an associate in the Portland, Maine office of Ogletree Deakins. Steve focuses his practice on ERISA and long-term disability matters as well as sports law. Steve joins Ogletree Deakins from the Portland office of a regional multi-service firm where he litigated numerous ERISA matters and advised clients on various sports law issues including trademarks for a hockey stick manufacturer, compliance for a skins gaming website, and contract negotiation for a sports league management software startup. Prior to moving to Maine, Steve practiced in Philadelphia where he defended premises liability, products liability, trucking, and other civil litigation matters. Steve has tried numerous matters in municipal, state, and federal courts. Steve also served as an arbitrator in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Compulsory Arbitration Center.

Prior to law school, Steve was a sports reporter for the Tennessean and Las Vegas Sun. He also served as the radio broadcaster for the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers. Steve continues to write with a focus on sports law and athletes’ rights. His work has appeared in many national outlets including the Washington Times, Sporting News Magazine, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Men’s HealthVice Sports, Huffington Post, Above the Law, and Deadspin.

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