Rick Pearl focuses his practice on litigation involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). He represents companies, their benefits committees, plan administrators, fiduciaries, and service providers in complex, class-action litigation and Department of Labor lawsuits, audits, and investigations. His particular expertise is with actions for breach of fiduciary duty and prohibited transactions.
His litigation experience includes high-profile 401(k)/403(b) lawsuits alleging excessive fees and imprudent investment options and ESOP actions involving valuation issues.
Rick also helps clients with procurement and renewal of ERISA fiduciary-liability insurance policies. He regularly speaks at national conferences and advises clients on the scope of permissible indemnification agreements under ERISA and state law, and assists with structuring insurance and indemnification programs to protect assets.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Richard J. Pearl