Emily Seymour Costin is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, where she focuses her practice primarily on the defense of employee benefits disputes and counseling employers, plan sponsors, and fiduciaries on litigation avoidance strategies. Emily represents plan sponsors, insurers, and fiduciaries in individual, mass action, and class action litigation over claims for benefits and breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA. She has experience litigating various types of ERISA disputes, including those involving 401(k)/employer stock, employee stock ownership plans (ESOP), benefit termination, fees, and health care matters.
In addition, Emily has defended clients against a variety of other types of disputes, including employment, securities, insurance, breach of contract, health care, and government contracts/FCA-related claims, and has extensive experience guiding clients through regulatory and internal investigations. Emily is the chair-elect of the ABA’s Joint Committee on Employee Benefits (JCEB), a member of the editorial advisory board of the Benefits Law Journal, and a contributing author to the BNA treatise ERISA Litigation. Emily was named a Washington, DC Super Lawyer in Employee Benefits in 2018. She graduated with high honors from George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif.