Cohen & Grigsby Attorney Selected as Featured Speaker during the 22nd Annual National Institute on ERISA Litigation

Martha Jo Wagner to Offer Expertise on a Variety of Litigation

PITTSBURGH, PA – June 7, 2012 – Cohen & Grigsby, a business law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA and an office in Naples, FL, is pleased to announce that attorney Martha Jo “Marty” Wagner will be a featured speaker during the 22nd Annual National Institute on ERISA Litigation (June 7-8, 2012 at the Westin Washington D.C. City Center). Wagner will speak at the following sessions during the conference on Thursday, June 7th:

  • 1:30 p.m. — Report on PPACA Supreme Court Arguments and Future Litigation Issues:Wagner will speak on behalf of employers as plan sponsors on issues related to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
  • 2:45 p.m. — Benefit Claims Litigation: From Claims Review to Standard of Review and Discovery and Dispositive Motions:Wagner will speak on behalf of employers as plan sponsors on issues related to claims for benefits under an ERISA plan. Topics of the discussion will include a dozen mistakes to avoid in the claims review process, and recent cases expanding the universe of proper defendants to a claim for benefits.

Wagner is a director in Cohen & Grigsby’s ERISA and Employee Benefits and ERISA Litigation Groups. In this role, she provides practical business solutions, emphasizing cost containment and legal risk management, to complex benefit problems.

Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby, Wagner was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Venable LLP, where she led teams of company personnel, lawyers, and consultants that: assessed the risks of reducing retiree health benefits for a client with more than 100 retiree health plans and hundreds of millions of dollars in long-term liabilities; created a disciplined, systematic and automated health contract review process for a client with more than 300 benefit designs and more than 65 health care vendors; and designed and implemented more than half a dozen voluntary and involuntary severance programs offered simultaneously to almost 10,000 employees.

Wagner is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, serves as a frequent speaker on diverse benefit topics, and is the past Management Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Employee Benefits Committee.

The National Institute on ERISA Litigation is designed for litigators who handle ERISA cases and want to enhance their substantive ERISA knowledge. The seminar is also valuable to practitioners who wish to further their knowledge of the substantive law and most recent case law. The conference is held annually by the American Bar Association’s Joint Committee on Employee Benefits.

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