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Paul A. Friedman

Principal
White Plains

P 914-872-8060
F 914-946-1216
Paul.Friedman@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Paul A. Friedman is a Principal in the White Plains, New York, office of Jackson Lewis, P.C. He has tried more than 35 jury trials and hundreds of arbitrations and bench trial on all aspects of ERISA.

Mr. Friedman has more than 35 years of experience in litigating cutting edge ERISA issues before the United States Department of Labor, United States district courts, bankruptcy courts and courts of appeal on behalf of employers, plan sponsors and fiduciaries of ERISA plans across a wide breadth of industries, including pharmaceutical, energy, telecommunications, entertainment, hotel and restaurant, trucking, construction, printing, healthcare, food services and financial services.

After serving as litigation counsel on behalf of numerous multiemployer and single employer employee benefit plans in ERISA matters in the 1980s and 1990s, Mr. Friedman:

  • Has, for the past decade, devoted a substantial portion of his practice to the defense of employers, plan sponsors, fiduciaries, and financial institutions against claims brought under ERISA by benefit funds, plan beneficiaries, and the United States Department of Labor on a myriad of issues relating to breach of fiduciary duties, excessive plan expenses, benefit entitlement issues retiree health benefits, and functional fiduciary liability
  • Defends employers that have been assessed withdrawal liability under the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980 or have experienced increased liability due to the passage of the Pension Protection Act of 2006
  • Performs employee benefits due diligence for buyers or sellers in mergers and acquisitions transactions, filling a knowledge gap between labor and financial counsel, ensuring that buyers and sellers price-in or mitigate against ERISA violations and potentially millions of dollars in liabilities
  • Conducts comprehensive strategic reviews of clients’ current operations to avoid or mitigate against exposure to ERISA enforcement and risk of civil and criminal charges brought against company executives, principals, and trustees

Honors and Recognitions

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, Lecturer
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section ERISA Coordinator (1980-1995)
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee, Member
  • New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Lecturer
  • American Institute of the American Bar Association, Lecturer
  • United States Department of Labor, Lecturer on benefits law
  • Advised Congress on proposed benefits legislation

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November 3, 2016
Employee Benefit News

Robert Perry, Paul Friedman and Howard Bloom Author "Be Mindful of Multiemployer Benefit Fund Pitfalls"

November 3, 2016

Robert Perry, Paul Friedman and Howard Bloom author "Be mindful of multiemployer benefit fund pitfalls," published in Employee Benefit News. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

September 13, 2016
Wolters Kluwer Employment Law Daily

Paul Friedman Authored "Strategic Perspectives - Avoiding the Pitfalls of the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act"

September 13, 2016

Paul Friedman authored "Strategic Perspectives—Avoiding the pitfalls of the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act," published by Wolters Kluwer Employment Law Daily. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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March 30, 2018

Calculating Withdrawal Liability with ‘Segal Blend’ Violated Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act, Judge Rules

March 30, 2018

In a decision that could have far-reaching implications for multiemployer pension plans and employers, a federal district court has held that the use of the “Segal Blend” to calculate a company’s withdrawal liability when it withdrew from a multiemployer pension plan violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), as... Read More

September 27, 2016

Criminal Liability for Failure to Contribute to Multiemployer Benefit Fund?

September 27, 2016

The precarious financial status of some multiemployer benefit funds has led to criminal indictment against non-contributors. This troubling expansion of potential sanctions for failure to make required contributions to multiemployer benefit plans appears in a case from the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. In... Read More

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Withdrawal Liability: The Ticking Time Bomb Of Participating In Multiemployer Pension Plans

April 13, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

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Understanding the Dilemma: An Introduction to Withdrawal Liability

March 30, 2016 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
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Understanding the Dilemma: An Introduction to Withdrawal Liability

December 8, 2015 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
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No Standing!
November 6, 2017

This is the most recent article in our series which focuses on the impact on employers of the downward spiral and death knell of the multi-employer defined benefit plan. The Eleventh Circuit has dealt another blow to employers who contribute to multi-employer defined benefit funds. In Westrock RKT Company v. Read More

The First Dinosaur Has Died
April 21, 2017

This is another article in our series which has focused on the deterioration and downward spiral of the multi-employer defined benefit pension fund. Read More

January 20, 2017; A Historical Day
January 17, 2017

This is another article in our series addressing the continued deterioration and downward spiral of multi-employer defined benefit pension funds and the resulting impact upon participants, unions and most importantly on employers. Read More