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Ashley Bryan Abel


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Ashley Bryan Abel is a Principal in the Greenville, South Carolina, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has extensive 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 also defends 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
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USA Chambers 2015 - Ashley Bryan Abel

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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August 15, 2019
Jackson Lewis

The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

August 15, 2018
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... 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

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March 30, 2017

In Halo v. Yale Health Plan, decided in April of 2016, the Second Circuit expressly rejected the “substantial compliance” doctrine with respect to alleged violations of the ERISA Claims Procedure regulation. Read More

By Robert M. Wood, Sarah C. Baskin and Ashley Bryan Abel

Vermont’s Health Plan Reporting Law Impermissibly Impacts National Plan Administration and Falls to ERISA Preemption, Supreme Court Holds
March 2, 2016

If you were to ask most employers whether reporting is a core function of employee benefit plan administration, they would likely say yes, particularly as many are currently in the middle of completing IRS Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. Read More

January 26, 2016

For the second time in Amgen Inc. v. Harris, the Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit because of its failure to apply the proper pleading standard for claims alleging breach of the duty of prudence against fiduciaries who manage employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). Read More