People: Ian H. Morrison, Partner

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Ian H. Morrison

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5830
Fax: (312) 460-7830
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Mr. Morrison has extensive experience representing employers, employee benefit plans, and fiduciaries in a broad range of employment and employee benefits litigation.  He has successfully handled litigation at all stages -- from pre-lawsuit negotiation and evaluation through trials and appeal.  Mr. Morrison is admitted to practice in Illinois as well as before multiple federal district courts, courts of appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Morrison focuses his practice in the area of litigation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).  He has successfully handled numerous high-stakes ERISA class actions for Fortune 500 companies.  Many of Mr. Morrison’s ERISA cases have resulted in leading and often-cited court decisions. He has handled a wide range of ERISA matters in court and in arbitration, including individual pension and welfare benefit claims, severance pay claims, executive compensation disputes, class action claims regarding plan design, and class action claims regarding plan administration and fiduciary responsibility. 

The Seyfarth Shaw ERISA & Employee Benefits Litigation Practice Group, which Mr. Morrison co-chairs is recognized by Chambers Partners and Legal 500 as one of the leading ERISA litigation practice groups in the nation.  In addition, Mr. Morrison is a frequent speaker and commentator on ERISA and employee benefits litigation matters, and a contributor to the leading treatise in the area, Employee Benefits Law. 

Mr. Morrison has extensive experience representing employers, employee benefit plans, and fiduciaries in a broad range of employment and employee benefits litigation.  He has successfully handled litigation at all stages -- from pre-lawsuit negotiation and evaluation through trials and appeal.  Mr. Morrison is admitted to practice in Illinois as well as before multiple federal district courts, courts of appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Morrison focuses his practice in the area of litigation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).  He has successfully handled numerous high-stakes ERISA class actions for Fortune 500 companies.  Many of Mr. Morrison’s ERISA cases have resulted in leading and often-cited court decisions. He has handled a wide range of ERISA matters in court and in arbitration, including individual pension and welfare benefit claims, severance pay claims, executive compensation disputes, class action claims regarding plan design, and class action claims regarding plan administration and fiduciary responsibility. 

The Seyfarth Shaw ERISA & Employee Benefits Litigation Practice Group, which Mr. Morrison co-chairs is recognized by Chambers Partners and Legal 500 as one of the leading ERISA litigation practice groups in the nation.  In addition, Mr. Morrison is a frequent speaker and commentator on ERISA and employee benefits litigation matters, and a contributor to the leading treatise in the area, Employee Benefits Law. 

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis (1995)
    Order of the Coif
  • B.A,, University of Chicago (1992)
    with honors

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Central and Northern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Employee Benefits Committee of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Employment Discrimination and Employee Benefits)

Presentations

  • "Seyfarth’s 2017 Workplace Class Action Litigation Report and Webinar," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (February 21, 2017)
  • Workplace Class Actions: Latest Developments, Strafford Publications (May 2013)
  • Civil Litigation Practice Pointers, American Bar Association’s ERISA Litigation National Institute (May 2013)
  • ERISA Preemption, Jurisdiction, and Standing, American Bar Association’s ERISA Basics National Institute (October 2012)
  • ERISA Claims Litigation, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (October 2012)
  • ERISA Equitable Remedies Post-Amara, Strafford Publications (August 2012)
  • “Remedies After Amara,” Guest Lecturer on Contemporary Benefits Issues, John Marshall Law School  (March 2012)
  • “Litigation Trends for 2011/2012,” Seyfarth Shaw Workplace Class Action Webinar (February 2012)
  • “Defending ERISA Class Actions Amid an Evolving Litigation Landscape -- Leveraging Recent Developments and Supreme Court Rulings,” Strafford Publications, Inc. (September 2011)
  • “Employment Discrimination and Employee Benefits,” American Bar Association’s ERISA Litigation National Institute (November 2009 and November 2010)
  • “ERISA Litigation:  What Your Committee Needs To Know,” Pension & Investments 12th Annual West Coast Defined Contribution Conference (November 2, 2009)
  • “Retirement Plan Fiduciary Duties:  Reducing Legal Risks in the Current Market,” Strafford Publications, Inc. (September 2009)
  • “Employment Discrimination and Employee Benefits,” American Bar Association’s ERISA Basics National Institute (2008-2011)
  • “Fiduciary Breach Litigation,” American Bar Association’s ERISA Litigation National Institute (November 7, 2008)
  • Presenter at the American Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Committee Mid-Winter Meeting (February 2007-2011)
  • “New 5500 Reporting and Disclosure Obligations and Liability for Failure to Comply,” presented at the 1st Annual National ERISA Fiduciary Executive Summit, New York, NY (November 2008)
  • Faculty at the American Bar Association’s ERISA Litigation National Institute (2008-2010)
  • Practical Litigation Strategies: Defending Against Multi-Plaintiff, Class and Collective Action Employment Litigation, Northstar Conferences, New York, NY (May 2005)

Publications

  • Co-Author, “401(k) Fee Litigation,” Practical Law Company (January 2010) (with Sam Schwartz-Fenwick)
  • Contributor, “General Counsel Agenda,” Practical Law (June 2010)
  • Contributing Editor, “Employee Benefits Law,” BNA (2006-2011 Supplement)
  • Co-Author, “ERISA Class Action Survey,”60 Labor Law Journal (CCH) 41 (Spring 2009) (with Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Diane M. Soubly)
  • “A Primer on ERISA Remedies In Private Party Litigation,” Employment Law Update, Henry H. Perritt, Jr., ed. (2007)
  • “Should the Securities Exchange Act be the Sole Federal Remedy for an ERISA Fiduciary Misrepresentation of the Value of Public Employer Stock,” The John Marshall Law Review, Vol. 39 (2006) (with Mark A. Casciari)
  • “Corporate Reorganizations and ERISA Section 510 – A Clear and Present Class Action Danger,” 15 Benefits Law J. 49 (Spring 2002) (with Mark A. Casciari)
  • ERISA & Employee Benefits Litigation Blog, frequent contributor