Washington, District Of Columbia 20006
Erin Sweeney advises on all facets of healthcare reform, executive compensation and employee benefit plan administration, design and qualification, including the application of Title I of ERISA to such plans. Ms. Sweeney counsels and represents parties in litigation regarding fiduciary obligations including plan investments, fee disclosure and prohibited transactions and exemptions. She also provides advice concerning health privacy (HIPAA), voluntary exit incentive programs, plan termination, downsizing, welfare and pension benefit claims, health insurance continuation (COBRA), withdrawal liability, post-retirement medical benefits, the employee benefits provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and employee benefits issues arising in corporate acquisition, financing and restructuring transactions.
Ms. Sweeney previously served as Senior Benefit Law Specialist for the Office of Regulations and Interpretations at the U.S. Department of Labor. She was a primary architect of the Department of Labor's default investment regulation proposal that impacts mutual funds, investment managers, employers and plan trustees. She received an Exceptional Achievement award for her participation in drafting the Pension Protection Act, the most significant pension legislation since the enactment of ERISA, which affects virtually all pension plans, employers, plan investment managers and plan service providers. Ms. Sweeney also served as an expert witness for the United States in multiple ERISA matters.
Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, Ms. Sweeney was Counsel at Latham & Watkins LLP, Paul Hastings LLP, Dickstein Shapiro LLP and an Associate at Arent Fox LLP
|Areas of Practice||1) Employee Benefits Policy, 2) ERISA & Employee Benefits Litigation, 3) Executive Compensation, 4) Fringe Benefits and 5) Health & Welfare Plans|
|Law School||American University, Washington College of Law (J.D.,1989)|
|Education||Ohio University (B.S.B.A., 1986)|
|Bar Member / Association||District of Columbia State Bar Associations,New York State Bar Associations,Pennsylvania State Bar Associations|
|Most recent firm||Miller & Chevalier Chartered|
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