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Paul A. Friedman

New York Metro
White Plains

P 914-872-8060
F 914-946-1216


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 life sciences, 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

Paul A. Friedman
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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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June 17, 2019

Paul Friedman Authors "EBSA Missing Participant Investigations Triggered by Failure to Take Distributions"

June 17, 2019

Paul Friedman authors "EBSA Missing Participant Investigations Triggered by Failure to Take Distributions," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

March 19, 2019
Club Management Association of America

Paul Friedman and Robert Murphy Author "The Mother of All Assessments May Be About to Hit Members of Private Clubs and It Won’t Be for Clubhouse Repairs"

March 19, 2019

Paul Friedman and Robert Murphy author "The Mother of All Assessments May Be About to Hit Members of Private Clubs and It Won’t Be for Clubhouse Repairs," published by the Club Management Association of America. 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

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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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See AllBlog Posts by Paul A. Friedman

First Crack in the Armor of the Segal Blend?
October 2, 2019

The Segal Group is the premier actuarial firm in the country providing services for hundreds of multi-employer pension funds. Read More

Required Minimum Distributions
June 4, 2019

The aging of the baby boomer generation has increased the level of scrutiny with which the Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (“EBSA”) will review the efforts of pension plans to locate missing plan participants who did not receive reported benefits.  The focus of the EBSA which began with a review of the effor Read More

The Saga Continues for Multi-Employer Pension Funds
November 16, 2018

            This is another blog on our monitoring the status of defined benefit multi-employer pension funds. Read More