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Practice Overview

Employment, Employee Benefits and ERISA

Cravath’s Litigation Department routinely handles a wide variety of litigation matters involving employment, employee benefits and ERISA issues. Cravath has represented numerous clients (including Alcoa, Bristol‑Myers Squibb, Merck, Lucent, Time Warner, Tyco and PricewaterhouseCoopers) in class action lawsuits brought under the ERISA statute—lawsuits that are typically intertwined with securities class action and shareholder derivative cases. In defending against these claims, Cravath is able to draw not only upon its lawyers’ extensive experience and knowledge across a wide range of industries, but also upon their skill in managing, coordinating and directing the defense of numerous concurrent claims, involving multiple claimants and/or defendants, across different jurisdictions. Together with members of the Cravath Corporate Department and Executive Compensation and Benefits Department, Cravath litigators also advise corporate clients before their ERISA disputes become the subject of actual litigation.

Cravath also has broad experience handling disputes that involve: employee noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements, as well as agreements requiring employees to forfeit employee benefits if they join a competitor; theft of trade secrets by employees; modifications of employee retirement and benefits agreements; claims by whistleblowers; and hiring and termination of employees.