Kantor & Kantor, LLP Expands Its ERISA Practice Group with Newest Partner and Former DOL Attorney, Elizabeth Hopkins

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This addition enhances Kantor & Kantor’s standing as one of the largest law firms in the country dedicated to helping individuals in ERISA and private insurance benefit claim disputes

Elizabeth Hopkins, former counsel for Appellate and Special Litigation in the Division of Plan Benefits Security (PBS) of the Office of the Solicitor, joins Kantor & Kantor, LLP as its newest Partner at its Northridge, CA flagship office. Ms. Hopkins has spent her career working on high-profile ERISA matters across the country involving subrogation, former employee standing, preemption, full and fair reviews of benefit claims, investment fees, and other issues related to prudence in the context of pension plan investments. She oversaw the ERISA amicus programs and supervised appellate briefs filed by the PBS. Her work has its mark on several notable decisions, including: Moran v. Rush Prudential (preemption), Egelhoff v. Egelhoff (preemption), Unum v. Ward (preemption), Harris Trust v. Salomon Bros. (remedies for nonfiduciary prohibited transactions), John Hancock v. Harris Trust (ERISA fiduciary status), LaRue v. Dewolff (ERISA equitable remedies), MetLife v. Glenn (standard of review of benefit claims), Hardt v. Reliance Standard (ERISA attorneys’ fees), Conkright v. Frommert (standard of review), and Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer (fiduciary duty of prudence in plan investments).

Well-known and respected in the national ERISA legal community, Ms. Hopkins is also a frequent speaker at employee benefit conferences and teaches several classes each year on ERISA topics and appellate brief writing and advocacy.

“Elizabeth’s extensive background in the area of pension benefits and breach of fiduciary duty claims will enable our firm to handle virtually every type of claim that may be brought under ERISA,” said Glenn Kantor, co-founder and managing partner of Kantor & Kantor. “We look forward to being able to serve all kinds of benefit plan participants than ever before.”

“After many years of public service with the Department of Labor, I’m excited to embark on this new chapter with a law firm who does great work for employees,” said Elizabeth. “I hope to continue serving plan participants who have had their benefit claims wrongfully denied.”

Kantor & Kantor is a nationally recognized and well-established law firm representing individual clients in claims relating to disability, health, life, long term care, and business/homeowners insurance disputes. As one of the largest and prestigious plaintiff-side employee benefit law firms in the country, Ms. Hopkin’s joining the firm will enhance Kantor & Kantor’s ability to represent plan participants in all types of disputes over ERISA-governed benefits.

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