ERISA & Employee Benefits

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Fabian VanCott has a robust ERISA practice group that focuses on defending claims for life, health and disability benefits, including claims for benefits, penalties, breach of fiduciary duty, declaratory judgment, and other civil causes of action under ERISA’s enforcement mechanism.  Fabian VanCott’s ERISA team has decades of experience in both state and federal court and at both the district court and appellate court levels including class action and single-plaintiff lawsuits.  Several attorneys spend the majority of their practice defending plans, insurers, employers, and fiduciaries in a variety of ERISA claims as well as advising plan and claims administrators in their fiduciary duties, proper claims administration, and plan establishment.

Fabian VanCott has defended plans, plan sponsors, administrators, fiduciaries and other entities in lawsuits focused on benefits, fiduciary duties, and penalty claims.  They have successfully argued numerous ERISA and non-ERISA benefit cases before several United States district courts, the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Utah Supreme Court, and in arbitration.

Fabian VanCott attorneys have co-authored the biannual 10th Circuit chapter in the American Bar Association publication, “ERISA Survey of Federal Courts” for the last eight years running.  They regularly advise employers on their ERISA obligations in light of both insured and self-funded plans providing life, health, and disability benefits to their employees and give seminars to other lawyers seeking continuing education on legal issues.

Fabian VanCott also assists clients in preparing employment agreements, severance arrangements, deferred compensation plans, supplemental executive retirement plans, and equity-based compensation arrangements for executives.