Deborah S. Davidson

Deborah S. Davidson is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. Ms. Davidson represents clients on a wide range of employee benefits litigation matters, with a primary emphasis on litigation arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), in particular class action and multi-party ERISA actions. She has represented plan sponsors, fiduciaries, and service providers in lawsuits across the country involving employer securities and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), retirement plan investments, plan fees and expenses, retirement and health plan service providers, retiree medical benefits, various health and welfare plan issues, early retirement programs, top-hat plans, alleged cutback or elimination of accrued benefits, claims to recover plan benefits, preemption issues, and a variety of other ERISA claims. Her ERISA litigation experience extends through trial in class action settings as well as appellate work. She was named by the National Law Journal as one of Chicago's "40 Under 40 Rising Stars."

Ms. Davidson is the National Management Co-Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee (EBC) of the ABA's Labor & Employment Law Section. She has previously served as Management Co-chair of the Fiduciary Responsibility and the Ethics Subcommittees for the ABA's EBC. She has also been a chapter editor and contributing author for the Employee Benefits Law Treatise and Supplement (BNA) for chapters on fiduciary responsibility, ethics and civil procedure. Ms. Davidson is also a member of the national faculty of the ABA's Joint Committee on Employee Benefits. In addition, she served as the 2006-07 chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Employee Benefits Committee. Ms. Davidson was a member and Membership Chair of the Metropolitan Family Services Metro Board between 2006-09. She has published and presented dozens of articles and papers on ERISA litigation topics.

Ms. Davidson earned her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998, where she served as the executive notes and topics editor of the Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law, in which she was also published. She earned her B.A. in psychology, with honors, from the University of Tulsa in 1995.

Ms. Davidson is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits; the U.S. District Courts for the District of Colorado, Eastern District of Texas, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and the Illinois Supreme Court.


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Areas of Practice 1) Labor & Employment, 2) ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation, 3) Systemic Employment Litigation, 4) Employment Counseling & Litigation and 5) Financial Services
Law School Washington University School of Law
Admitted Year 1994
Education University of Tulsa, 1995, B.A.
Bar Member / Association State Bar Of Illinois
Most recent firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
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