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Sara Pikofsky

Sara Pikofsky

Jones Day

Washington, DC, USA


Sara Pikofsky has extensive experience with all phases of litigation focusing on violations of ERISA's fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction provisions. Sara's practice also includes matters involving Title IV of ERISA, including representation of the court-appointed section 1114 committee in the second US Airways' bankruptcy. Her experience covers matters at the trial and appellate levels, including having argued numerous appellate cases. In addition, Sara has represented independent fiduciaries appointed by the courts and by benefit plans in a variety of matters, including compliance with U.S. Department of Labor Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2003-39.

Sara previously served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of the Solicitor, Plan Benefits Security Division. In that capacity, she gained significant litigation experience in matters involving pension and welfare plans, including breach of fiduciary duty claims relating to investments in securities and real estate, among others.

EXPERIENCE

JohnsonDiversey Retirement Plan successfully defends against various ERISA claims concerning benefits under cash balance plan
Jones Day represented JohnsonDiversey, Inc.'s cash balance plan with respect to claims that the plan incorrectly calculated lump sum distributions of pension benefits.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan wins 6th Circuit appeal in important ERISA fiduciary breach case
On December 8, 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals For the Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of Jones Day's client Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in an important case involving the scope of ERISA's fiduciary conduct rules -- DeLuca v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Macy's obtains dismissal of ERISA action
Jones Day represented Macy's, Inc. its directors, and the Macy's Pension and Profit-Sharing Administrative Committee in a lawsuit alleging ERISA violations based on Macy's alleged failure to locate former employees and notify them at the time they became eligible to receive normal retirement pensions.

Xerox Corporation defends ERISA class action
Jones Day represented Xerox and certain of its current and former officers, directors, and employees in an ERISA class action alleging that 401(k) plan fiduciaries breached their fiduciary duties in connection with the Xerox Stock Fund, one of the plan's investment alternatives.

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