February 15, 2019

Emily Rickard

Emily Rickard is an associate in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery and is based in the Firm’s Washington D.C. office. She focuses her practice on employee benefits matters.

Outside of the ESOP context, Emily’s practice spans a wide range of national and international employee benefits matters. This includes qualified plans, nonqualified plans, executive compensation, health and welfare arrangements, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) litigation. She advises employers in connection with fiduciary issues under ERISA, government audits of employer-provided benefit plans, and also with respect to litigation from regulatory enforcement actions. Emily has also been a member of several cross-practice group deal teams relating to mergers and acquisitions of public as well as private companies.

Emily previously served as an ERISA litigation intern within the Plan Benefits Security Division of the Office of the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington D.C. She studied executive compensation trends while working as a research assistant at Vanderbilt University Law School. She also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jane Roth at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia.

During law school, Emily was active in public interest work. Emily was a program director for the Medical Legal Partnership in Nashville, Tennessee, where she helped provide comprehensive legal aid service for patients at a free medical clinic.

Emily received her J.D. in May 2015 from the Vanderbilt University Law School, where she served as an executive student writing editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. She earned her B.A. in diplomatic history, magna cum laude, with minors in African Studies and Latin, from the University of Pennsylvania. Emily is a 2014 Gary S. Tell ERISA Litigation Scholar.

Emily is admitted to practice in Illinois. 

Articles in the National Law Review database by Emily Rickard

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