Mr. Braunstein is a Partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, and a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation, Healthcare, ERISA Benefits Litigation, and Securities and Financial Litigation Practice Groups, as well as the firm’s Health Care Fraud and Provider Billing Litigation Specialty Team. He provides advice and counsel to clients in the healthcare, insurance, employee benefits, financial services, real estate, construction, and global defense industries. He has niche expertise representing welfare benefit plans and other payors in healthcare reimbursement and provider billing litigation under ERISA, RICO and state law, with a particular emphasis on “fraud, waste, and abuse” litigation. He also has substantial expertise representing insurers in complex coverage disputes, extra-contractual claims and litigation concerning life insurance, annuities, business property and commercial general liability policies, builder’s risk policies, hurricane and catastrophe claims, and business interruption coverages. Each year since 2009, Mr. Braunstein has been recognized by Northern California Super Lawyers as a business litigation “Rising Star.” Legal 500 recently recognized Mr. Braunstein for his “buoyant healthcare benefits litigation practice.” Mr. Braunstein serves as the Membership Vice-Chair of the ABA TIPS Section Life Insurance Committee, which works closely with the TIPS Section Health & Disability and Employee Benefits Committees.
Kathleen Cahill Slaught
Ms. Slaught is a Partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and has been practicing in the employee benefits field for over ten years. She advises trustees, service providers and administrators of governmental and multi-employer benefit funds on all issues including pension plan design and administration, investment of plan assets, the qualification of state domestic relations orders, drafting plan documents and general compliance with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, federal labor law and other laws affecting pension funds. She also advises companies on both qualified retirement plan and welfare plan design and technical compliance. She also has substantial experience representing welfare plans and ERISA plan administrators in all aspects of litigation and arbitration arising from disputes over welfare benefits and fiduciary claims.
She is a member of the American Bar Association (Labor & Employment section), Bar Association of San Francisco (Employee Benefits section), and the Western Pension Benefits Committee.
Ms. Slaught received her B.A. from the University of California at San Diego in 1990 and her J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1993.
Mr. Casciari is a partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He represents employers, plan sponsors, plans, fiduciaries and plan administrators in ERISA and employee benefits cases, including class actions, in courts throughout the United States, and before arbitrators and mediators. Mark has served as amicus curiae counsel of record in two United States Supreme Court ERISA cases. His publications include articles on the interplay between ERISA Section 413 and class certification (Benefits Law Journal, Winter 2008), and between federal securities law and ERISA employer stock claims (John Marshall Law Review, Vol. 39, Spring 2006). Mark recently published “Is it Lawful under ERISA to Make a Mistake?” (Benefits Law Journal, Vol. 23, Winter 2010) and “Sale of Assets Exclusion from Withdrawal Liability Interpreted,” www.ifebp.org/exclusive (August 2011).. Mark also is an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Northwestern University School of Law.
Justin T. Curley
Mr. Curley is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His practice is focused on employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on wage and hour and ERISA class action litigation. He also handles claims for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as employment-related tort and contract claims. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Curley served as a law clerk to the Honorable James P. Donohue of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Prior to law school, he earned his CPA license as a financial auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Ms. 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 employment discrimination and ERISA litigation.
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 advise them in employment disputes, position themselves for anticipated litigation, and vigorously and efficiently defend against investigations, charges and lawsuits. She has defended employment discrimination matters brought in local, state and federal agencies, state and federal courts, and against the EEOC.
Mr. Goodfellow is an associate in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is a member of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Department. His practice focuses on the representation of management in a variety of employment law matters. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Goodfellow was an associate at a boutique litigation firm, where his practice focused on defending financial institutions in class action litigation. He also served as a law clerk to Justices Barry R. Schaller and David M. Borden of the State of Connecticut Supreme Court.
D. Ward Kallstrom
Mr. Kallstrom is a partner in the San Francisco office, has practiced employee benefits law, and employee benefits litigation in particular, representing employers, fiduciaries, multiemployer plans, and insurance companies and other plan service providers, for more than 30 years. He has handled virtually every type of ERISA dispute, but his work focuses on class and fiduciary breach litigation. Mr. Kallstrom has written and lectured on a broad variety of employee benefits and related topics and served as a Senior Editor of the BNA/ABA Employee Benefits Law treatise through its first two editions. Currently, he represents the interests of Management as a member of the Council of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law. Among other honors, he is a Charter Fellow and founding Governor of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, has been ranked in Chambers USA in ERISA Litigation and Employee Benefits Law since 2005, and has been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer since 2004.
Mr. Morrison is a partner with the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His practice focuses on representing employers, plan sponsors, employee benefit plans, and fiduciaries in litigation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and related laws. Mr. Morrison also co-chairs the firm’s national ERISA Litigation Practice Group. He has represented employers, employee benefit plans, and fiduciaries in court litigation and arbitration, including trials and appeals. His ERISA and employee benefits litigation experience includes defense of claims for benefits, breach of fiduciary duty claims, reporting and disclosure claims, severance pay and stock option claims, and ERISA Section 510 employment discrimination claims.
John Murray is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the firm’s ERISA Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Murray has extensive experience defending plan sponsors, employee benefit plans, and plan fiduciaries in ERISA litigation matters, ranging from complex multi-district litigation and class actions to single-plaintiff cases in both the trial and appellate courts. He has successfully defended “stock drop” fiduciary actions, employee benefits discrimination and interference claims, and claims for benefits under virtually every kind of employee benefit plan including claims for severance, pensions, disability, and medical benefits, and claims under top hat plans. In addition, he frequently counsels clients on ERISA-related matters.
Mr. Schwartz-Fenwick is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is particularly well-versed in benefits-related litigation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Mr. Schwartz-Fenwick defends complex class actions and single-plaintiff lawsuits under ERISA. In the class action realm, he has defended various types of claims, including claims for benefits and claims for breach of fiduciary duty, including 401(k) fee litigation.
Ms. Skibbe is a partner in the Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on employment litigation, particularly the defense of wage and hour class and collective actions arising out of alleged violations of the California Labor Code and/or the Fair Labor Standards Act. She has been lead counsel or co-counsel on numerous matters in a wide range of industries, including financial services, insurance, and consumer retail. Ms. Skibbe also has experience litigating ERISA class actions and wrongful denial of benefits cases as well as securities-related employment matters before FINRA, and on employment litigation of discrimination and harassment cases brought as multi-plaintiff and class actions under federal and state statutory laws.
Ms. Sonneborn is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Ms. Sonneborn has considerable experience in the area of Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) litigation. Her ERISA and employee benefits litigation experience includes defense of claims for benefits, breach of fiduciary duty claims, cash balance plan claims, breach of contract claims, and ERISA Section 510 employment discrimination claims. Ms. Sonneborn devotes a considerable amount of her practice to litigation of class-action and multi-plaintiff claims.
Mr. Stolzenbach is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw. He defends complex class actions and single-plaintiff lawsuits under ERISA. In the class action realm, he has defended various types of claims, including claims for benefits, claims of employment discrimination, and claims for breach of fiduciary duty, including 401(k) “stock-drop” claims. Mr. Stolzenbach also counsels clients on employee benefits matters, including the termination and modification of pension benefits and retiree medical benefits in both union and non-union workplaces, and he represents clients in connection with investigations by U.S. Department of Labor into alleged ERISA violations.
Ms. Troy is an associate in Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office. Her practice focuses on the representation of employers in the area of ERISA litigation, including class action and multi-plaintiff litigation. Her ERISA and employee benefits litigation experience includes representing employers in multiemployer withdrawal liability assessments, claims for benefits, breach of fiduciary duty claims, cash balance plan claims, and “stock drop” claims.