ROBERT RACHAL is a partner in Holifield · Janich · Rachal ·Ferrera, where he recently started its New Orleans office. For close to 25 years, Robert has focused his practice on complex ERISA fiduciary, benefits, and executive compensation litigation, including defending DOL investigations, and on advising ERISA fiduciaries. Robert graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of Tulane Law School, and clerked for Judge Jacques Wiener of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. From 2004 to 2016, Robert was a senior counsel at Proskauer, where his work included advising fiduciaries and defending companies, plan providers and plan fiduciaries in all types of complex ERISA litigation, e.g., from claims ESOP stock was overvalued, to claims 401(k) fees were excessive or that pension plans owed greater benefits under complex provisions of ERISA.
Robert’s litigation and related work in the executive compensation area include:
- Gray v T.V. Guide – defended company against claim owed large sum in executive compensation because of an alleged duty to create a top hat plan providing options in a start-up tech company
- Panel arbitrator on claim for executive benefits
- Advise plan administrator on resolution of executive’s SERP claim for benefits.
Robert advises employers on claims regarding executive benefits, and on ERISA fiduciary issues. Robert’s work also includes providing expert testimony and consulting on issues that arise in complex ERISA litigation and benefits claim processing.
Robert has been recognized by Chambers USA and others as a leading attorney in ERISA litigation. Robert is a Fellow and member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, and is a former management co-chair of the ABA Labor Section’s Employee Benefits Committee.
Robert is a prolific writer and lecturer on cutting-edge ERISA litigation issues, and he speaks regularly for the ABA and the JCEB on ERISA fiduciary, complex litigation, and executive compensation issues.