Ada W. Dolph

Ada Dolph is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She represents clients in a wide range of labor and employment matters, with an emphasis on ERISA, whistleblower and employment discrimination claims. She is a Co-Lead of the Firm's Whistleblower Team and a member of the ERISA & Employee Benefits Practice Group and Health Care Fraud & Provider Billing Litigation Team.

Ms. Dolph regularly counsels and defends clients in single and multi-plaintiff employment discrimination matters involving claims brought under state law, Title VII, ADA, Section 1981, ADEA, FMLA and involving the Railway Labor Act (RLA). Ms. Dolph works with clients to counsel them in employment disputes, position themselves for anticipated litigation, and vigorously and efficiently defend against investigations, charges and lawsuits. She has defended employment and whistleblower matters brought in local, state and federal agencies (including the EEOC and OSHA), and state and federal courts.

Ms. Dolph also regularly defends plan sponsors, fiduciaries and insurers in lawsuits across the country in single, multi-party and class-action ERISA cases involving:

Employer securities, including “stock drop” cases
Retirement plan investments, including claims for imprudence regarding alleged failure to diversify investments
Plan fees and expenses, including 401(k) fee litigation regarding revenue sharing, “float,” and record keeping fees
Retiree medical benefits, including claims challenging modifications to retiree medical benefits
Denials of severance, life, medical and disability benefits
Preemption issues, including removing to federal court ERISA claims disguised as state law claims
Benefit discrimination, and a variety of other ERISA claims

Ms. Dolph has significant e-discovery experience in both single-plaintiff and class action matters, including the effective and efficient management of preservation, collection, review, and production of electronic information, as well as aggressively navigating disputes regarding the breadth and scope of document production.

Ms. Dolph’s class experience includes unique procedural issues including successfully opposing a named plaintiff-intervenor, obtaining a Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(f) appeal, defeating and narrowing class certification before and after Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), and settlements in classes of up to 80,000 plaintiffs.

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Areas of Practice 1) Complex Discrimination Litigation, 2) Employment Litigation, 3) ERISA & Employee Benefits Litigation, 4) Labor & Employment and 5) Workplace Counseling & Solutions
Law School Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 2004)
Admitted Year 1990
Education University of Wisconsin, Madison (B.A.,1999)
Bar Member / Association Illinois State Bar Association
Most recent firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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