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Shannon Barrett

Shannon Barrett

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Shannon Barrett concentrates his practice on ERISA-related litigation and on providing advice relating to Title I of ERISA. He has been involved in litigating a broad range of ERISA matters at both the trial and appellate levels, with a particular focus on fiduciary issues. In addition to his litigation practice, Shannon has assisted clients in responding to regulatory investigations and has counseled clients, including financial institutions and plan sponsors, on ERISA issues such as fiduciary structure, fee disclosure, and compliance with ERISA’s prohibited transaction provisions. Shannon also has advised independent fiduciaries in their representation of employee benefit plans’ rights in connection with ERISA and securities settlements.

Shannon is a frequent thought leader on ERISA-related topics and serves as the co-editor of the ERISA Litigation Reporter. He was recognized by Chambers USA with an “Up and Coming” designations in the ERISA Litigation (Nationwide) category.

EXPERIENCE

  • Defended affiliates of Fidelity Investments in a series of cases challenging 401(k) plan fees, including Columbia Air Services, Inc. v. Fidelity Management Trust Co. and Hecker v. Deere & Co., which were dismissed on all claims 
  • Representing the fiduciaries of financial institution in lawsuit alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and prohibited transactions in connection with their in-house plans’ use of affiliated investment vehicles and services
  • Defended or defending the fiduciaries of defined contribution plans sponsored by several major corporations against claims involving employer stock held by those plans
  • Represented U.S. Trust through trial and appeal in its successful defense of breach of fiduciary duty claims stemming from the purchase of privately traded employer stock by an Employee Stock Ownership Plan in Keach v. U.S. Trust

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer for ERISA Litigation

ADMISSIONS

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, District of Columbia, and District of Maryland
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits

 EDUCATION

  • Harvard University, J.D., 1997, cum laude
  • Duke University, B.A., 1994, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Clerkships

  • Honorable John R. Gibson, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
Shannon Barrett is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Ethical Considerations: Knowing Your ERISA Client - ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2017, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
401(k) Plan Fiduciary Fundamentals - ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2017, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
ERISA Litigation Review - Pension Plan Investments 2017: Current Perspectives, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
ERISA: Employer Securities in Qualified Plans - ERISA 2017: The Evolving World, Wednesday, August 02, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Fiduciary Litigation under ERISA (January 31, 2015) - ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2017, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Fiduciary Litigation under ERISA (January 31, 2015) - Pension Plan Investments 2017: Current Perspectives, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio 401(k) Plan Fiduciary Fundamentals - 401(k) Plan Fiduciary Fundamentals, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Ethical Considerations: Knowing Your ERISA Client - Ethical Considerations: Knowing Your ERISA Client, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
ERISA Litigation Review - ERISA Litigation Review, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
ERISA: Employer Securities in Qualified Plans - ERISA: Employer Securities in Qualified Plans, Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Ethical Considerations: Knowing Your ERISA Client - Ethical Considerations: Knowing Your ERISA Client, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
401(k) Plan Fiduciary Fundamentals - 401(k) Plan Fiduciary Fundamentals, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
ERISA Litigation Review - ERISA Litigation Review, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
ERISA: Employer Securities in Qualified Plans - ERISA: Employer Securities in Qualified Plans, Wednesday, August 02, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg 401(k) Plan Fiduciary Fundamentals - 401(k) Plan Fiduciary Fundamentals, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Ethical Considerations: Knowing Your ERISA Client - Ethical Considerations: Knowing Your ERISA Client, Tuesday, March 21, 2017
ERISA Litigation Review - ERISA Litigation Review, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
ERISA: Employer Securities in Qualified Plans - ERISA: Employer Securities in Qualified Plans, Wednesday, August 02, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs ERISA Fiduciary Investment Basics 2017, Friday, March 24, 2017, New York, NY
Pension Plan Investments 2017: Current Perspectives, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, New York, NY
ERISA 2017: The Evolving World, Tuesday, August 08, 2017, New York, NY
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