Nancy G. Ross is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office and Co-Chair of the ERISA Litigation practice. She focuses her practice primarily on the area of employee benefits class action litigation and counseling under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
Nancy has extensive experience in counseling and representing employers, boards of directors, plan fiduciaries and trustees in matters concerning pension and welfare benefit plans. Her experience includes representation of pension and 401(k) plans, ESOPs, trustees and employers concerning their administration of plan assets and fiduciary responsibilities before the courts and the Department of Labor.
Nancy frequently represents directors and officers who are named as defendants in ERISA litigation over 401(k) plans and other employee benefit plans. She also has extensive experience in assisting employers seeking to reduce their retiree health benefits exposure. Nancy has also been approved by various insurance companies to represent directors and officers in fiduciary litigation.
Nancy is consistently recognized as a leader in ERISA litigation by the most highly regarded legal directories and industry publications in the United States. Since 2006, Chambers USA has recognized Nancy as a leader in ERISA litigation and benefits litigation.
Legal 500 has recognized her as a leader in ERISA litigation since 2008 and refers to her as an authority on employee and benefits disputes, stating, “Nancy Ross is ‘just a total expert’ on employee benefits disputes, and ‘understands the implication of every issue.’” She was named a 2019 “Lawyer of the Year ERISA Litigation – Chicago” by Best Lawyers.
She was also listed in Benchmark Litigation’s 2018 “Top 250 Women in Litigation” list, which highlights the nation’s leading women who participate in the “most impactful litigation matters in recent history[.]”
Nancy has also been named among the top lawyers in the field of employee benefits/ERISA by Illinois Super Lawyers since 2005. She has also been named one of the top 50 women lawyers in Illinois consistently since 2008, and was named among the top 100 lawyers in Illinois in 2017 and 2018.
Best Lawyers also selected Nancy as the 2016 “Lawyer of the Year Honoree, Litigation – ERISA” in addition to selecting her as a 2014 “Lawyer of the Year ERISA Litigation – Chicago.” Best Lawyers named Nancy a nominee for their inaugural 2017 “Women of Influence” Award stating, “Nancy’s confidence in herself and her abilities, whether in the courtroom, on a client call, or at a firm meeting, always shines through, setting a wonderful example for women around her.”
- Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD
- University of Colorado, BA
- US Supreme Court
- US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- Former Board Member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois
- Global Advisory Board Member of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF)
- Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, in recognition of her distinguished service and professional attainment in the field of employee benefits
- Regular speaker at the ACI Conference on ERISA Litigation
- Member of the Grants Committee of the Chicago Bar Foundation
- Editor of the Benefits Law Journal, a preeminent publication featuring articles addressing important issues in benefits litigation
- Taught Litigation Procedure and Strategy as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University School of Law
- Secured a victory for Northrop Grumman Corporation, avoiding exposure over $1 billion, in a nationwide class action over the calculation of pension benefits under its defined benefit plan.
- Secured an important victory for Chrysler through the negotiation and successful litigation of the transfer of Chrysler LLC’s retiree healthcare liability to a VEBA established and administrated by the UAW.
- Obtained significant reductions in medical benefits through class actions and out-of-court negotiations for companies such as Farley Industries Inc., John Morrell & Company, Bell + Howell, Chrysler LLC, FreightCar America, Inc., GEICO Insurance Company and AXA Equitable, among others.
- Achieved a mid-trial settlement for a global security company in a highly publicized class action lawsuit challenging the plan administration of its 401(k) plan.
- Successfully resolved a complex investigation by the Department of Labor concerning a number of benefit plans for a global security company, avoiding costly litigation.
- Successfully negotiated a resolution of a Department of Labor investigation for a nationwide manufacturer, importer and distributor of ingredients and baked goods over their defined benefit and profit sharing plan.
- Successfully represented a global security company in a putative class action over severance benefits claimed to be owed under a severance policy after a reduction in force.
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