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Ashley Bryan Abel

Principal
Greenville

P 864-232-7000
F 864-235-1381
AbelA@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Ashley Bryan Abel is a Principal in the Greenville, South Carolina, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has over 20 years of experience as lead counsel in single plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action employment litigation as well as employee benefits litigation.

Mr. Abel’s employee benefits practice includes the defense of private and public employers, benefit plans, insurers, plan fiduciaries and service providers against ERISA and benefits lawsuits alleging claims for breach of fiduciary duty, benefits due, statutory penalties and others. He is also active in defending employers and executives against single plaintiff and class action litigation involving wage and hour, discrimination, harassment and other employment law claims. 

Mr. Abel has appeared as lead counsel in over 25 states and in all United States Courts of Appeals. He has a distinguished list of case victories across the country for clients including Liberty Mutual, Pfizer, Wal-Mart, Beverly Enterprises, Liberty Life, Deloitte, IBM, Michelin, Pepsi Bottling Group and ABB.

Mr. Abel also counsels clients, presents speeches, and conducts training across the country in areas of employee benefits and employment law. Recent topics of these engagements include fiduciary risk management, human resources best practices, electronic discovery, class action issues and strategies, and crisis management.

Mr. Abel is a Certified Specialist in Employment and Labor Law by the S.C. Supreme Court and was named as a “10 Best” Employment & Labor Law Attorney for client satisfaction in South Carolina. 

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Legal 500

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Subcommittee co-chair of Employee Benefits Committee
  • South Carolina Bar

Published Works

  • “Employment Discrimination and Employee Benefits,” Chapter 15 of Employee Benefits Law (BNA) [Co-Author]
  • ERISA Litigation, “Class Actions” and “Remedies” Chapters (BNA) [Co-Author]

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Tackling the Latest Discovery Issues in Disability Claim Actions,” ACI National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims (Philadelphia, PA, January 2016)  (panelist)
  • “Latest Employee Benefit Issues Every HR Professional Needs to Know,” BMW Manuf. Corp./Jackson Lewis Symposium (Greenville, SC, October 2015) (presenter)
  • “Successful Resolution Through Mediation and Arbitration,” BMW Manuf. Corp./Jackson Lewis Symposium (Greenville, SC, Novoember 2014) (presenter)
  • “ERISA Litigation Analysis and Administrative Processes,” Pfizer Employee Benefits Summit (New York, NY, June 2014) (presenter)
  • “Crisis Management,” S.C. Association of Corp. Counsel (Greenville, SC, June 2014) (presenter)
  • “Retaliation, Interference and Employee Benefits,” American Law Institute National (Webcast, March 2013) (panelist)
  • “The Affordable Care Act (What Employers Need to Know) and ERISA Fiduciary Update,” BMW Manufacturing Corp. Annual Conference (Greenville, SC, November 2013) (presenter)
  • “Retaliation, Interference and Employee Benefits,” American Law Institute (Webcast, March 2013) (presenter)
  • “The State of Employee Benefits in 2012,“ Association of Corporate Counsel (Webcast, May 2012) (presenter)
  • “ERISA Fiduciary Litigation: The Newest Developments in Plaintiff’s Theories and Substantive Defenses,” American Conference Institute, Annual ERISA Litigation Conference (New York, NY, October 2010) (presenter)
  • “Protecting Benefit Plans,” 20th Annual Corporate Counsel Conference (Washington, D.C., May 2010) (presenter)
  • “Retiree Health Benefit Litigation,” American Conference Institute, Annual ERISA Litigation Conference (New York, NY, October 2009) (presenter)

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February 25, 2016
Wolters Kluwer Employment Law Daily

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Provide Commentary, Insight in Wolters Kluwer Series on Labor and Employment Law Developments

February 25, 2016

Commentary and insight from Jackson Lewis attorneys Joy Napier-Joyce, Collin O’Connor Udell, Frank Alvarez, Joe Lazzarotti, Kathryn Russo, Paul DeCamp, Michael Neifach, Amy Peck, Jessica Feinstein, Cynthia Liao, David Jones, Amy Worley, Howard Bloom, Ashley Abel and Jason Gavajian are featured in Wolters Kluwer... Read More

May 19, 2015
Chambers & Partners

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Ranked in 2015 Chambers USA Guide

May 19, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (May 19, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 62 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking... Read More

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December 19, 2016

Class Action Trends Report Winter 2016

December 19, 2016

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Defending class discrimination claims Disparate treatment vs. disparate impact The legislation The case law Prevention pointer... Read More

September 28, 2016

Class Action Trends Report Fall 2016

September 28, 2016

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: “Class” claims, EEOC-style When private plaintiffs pile on The legislation The caselaw Regulatory roundup... Read More

June 28, 2016

Class Action Trends Report Summer 2016

June 28, 2016

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Your shield, their sword? Prevention pointer: Time to audit your arbitration agreement practices? Only in California? The caselaw... Read More

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