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Erin M. Sweeney

Miller & Chevalier

Washington, DC, USA


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.

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.

 
Government Experience
  • Senior Benefits Law Specialist, Office of Regulations and Interpretations, United States Department of Labor, 2003 - 2007

Rankings and Recognition
  • Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • Exceptional Achievement Award, U.S. Department of Labor

Professional and Community Involvement
  • Senior Editor, Employee Benefits Law
  • Chair, Fiduciary Responsibility Subcommittee, Employee Benefits Committee, Section of Taxation, American Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, ERISA Subcommittee, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association

Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States Tax Court

Education
  • M.A. (Law and International Affairs), American University School of International Service, 1990
  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law, cum laude, 1989
  • B.A. and B.S., Ohio University, summa cum laude, 1986

Practice Areas
Erin M. Sweeney is associated with the following items:
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Proposed Form 5500 Overhaul in the Trump Administration: An Insight into the Minds of the Regulators, Friday, February 03, 2017
Audio Only On-Demand Web  Audio Only On-Demand Web Proposed Form 5500 Overhaul in the Trump Administration: An Insight into the Minds of the Regulators - Proposed Form 5500 Overhaul in the Trump Administration: An Insight into the Minds of the Regulators, Saturday, February 04, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Proposed Form 5500 Overhaul in the Trump Administration: An Insight into the Minds of the Regulators - Proposed Form 5500 Overhaul in the Trump Administration: An Insight into the Minds of the Regulators, Saturday, February 04, 2017
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