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Krause Joins Jackson Lewis in Los Angeles

Benefits Group gains experienced ERISA benefits and executive compensation attorney

Date: 9.14.2012

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 14, 2012)- Jackson Lewis LLP, one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Samuel W. Krause has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as Of Counsel.  Mr. Krause joins Jackson Lewis with over a decade of experience in the practice of employee benefits law.

Mr. Krause’s expertise covers a wide range of employee benefits areas, including work on executive compensation, stock options and other equity-based compensation plans; employee benefits issues in structured finance transactions, private equity and hedge fund formation, bankruptcy proceedings, and proxy contests; ESOP transactions, including financing arrangements,  and advising boards of directors, institutional trustees and investment managers as to their fiduciary obligations; and representation of clients before the DOL, IRS and the PBGC.   

Mr. Krause formerly practiced employee benefits law at Skadden Arps in Los Angeles, as well as Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Hogan & Hartson in New York City.  From 1996, while in law school, until 2001, he also worked as an investigator in the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration (now the Employee Benefits Security Administration) of the United States Department of Labor.

Mr. Krause is the latest West Coast addition to Jackson Lewis’ rapidly-expanding Employee Benefits Counseling and Litigation Group, which was enhanced in January 2012 when five attorneys from the prominent employee benefits, tax and litigation law boutique Johanson Berenson LLP joined the firm. Nationally-recognized benefits/ESOP/ERISA practitioner and defense litigator David R. Johanson practices in Jackson Lewis’ Los Angeles office and Napa location along with Associate Monica R. Patel.  Partner Rachel J. Markun and Associate Teresa Y. Huang service clients from the firm’s Napa location, while Douglas A. Rubel resides in Jackson Lewis’ Raleigh, North Carolina office.

Michael Jacobster, Jackson Lewis’ Employee Benefits Counseling and Litigation Practice Group Leader, said, “Sam is a welcome addition to the firm’s growing benefits practice. He is a sophisticated practitioner who will contribute significantly to meeting the expanding needs of clients in California, the West Coast and nationally.”

“We are so pleased to add Sam’s benefits knowledge and depth of experience to our Los Angeles team,” said David Johanson.  “His arrival significantly enhances our regional and national practice and gives us the opportunity to more fully serve our clients in the area who have complex employee benefits needs.”
Mr. Krause is currently admitted to practice in New York and California.  He graduated from California State University at Northridge in 1995 with a B.A. in History as well as his name on the Dean’s List from 1992-1995.  Mr. Krause earned his J.D. with distinction from the Hofstra University School of Law in 1998 and received his LLM in Tax from the New York University School of Law the following year.

Jackson Lewis’ Los Angeles office can be reached by calling (213) 689-0404.


About Jackson Lewis

Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis, dedicated to representing management exclusively in workplace law, is one of the fastest growing workplace law firms in the U.S., with over 700 attorneys practicing in 49 locations nationwide. We have a wide-range of specialized practice areas, including: Affirmative Action and OFCCP Planning and Counseling; Disability, Leave and Health Management; Employee Benefits Counseling and Litigation; Global Immigration; Labor, including Preventive Practices; General Employment Litigation, including Class Actions, Complex Litigation and e-Discovery; Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition; Wage and Hour Compliance; Workplace Safety Compliance and Corporate Diversity Counseling.  In addition, Jackson Lewis provides advice nationally in other workplace law areas, including: Reductions in Force, WARN Act; Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations; Drug Testing and Substance Abuse Management; International Employment Issues; Management Education; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Public Sector Representation; Government Relations; Collegiate and Professional Sports; and Privacy, Social Media and Information Management.

For the 11th consecutive year, Jackson Lewis has been recognized for delivering client service excellence to the world’s largest corporations, once again earning a spot on the BTI Client Service A-Team.  Jackson Lewis has also been recognized by in-house counsel of Fortune 1000 companies after a comprehensive survey, as “the single highest-ranked firm clients want by their side in employment battles.”  In addition, Jackson Lewis is ranked in the First Tier nationally in the category of Labor and Employment Litigation, as well as in both Employment Law and Labor Law on behalf of Management in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms,” and is recognized by Chambers and Legal 500.  As an “AmLaw 100” firm, Jackson Lewis has one of the most active employment litigation practices in the United States, with a current caseload of over 5000 litigations and approximately 300 class actions.  And finally, Jackson Lewis is a charter member of L & E Global Employers’ Counsel Worldwide, an alliance currently of 14 workplace law firms in 14 countries.

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