Amy Covert is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and the Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and ERISA Litigation Practice Center. Amy has extensive experience with complex employee benefits litigation, including class actions and individual claims relating to ERISA fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction provisions; anti-cutback violations; cessation of benefit accruals; age discrimination; denials of claims for benefits; severance plans; executive and equity compensation; ERISA Section 510 retaliation claims; ERISA preemption of state law claims; plan investment losses; retiree medical benefits; plan interpretation; and plan amendments and terminations. Amy also has acted on the plaintiff’s side in delinquent contribution claims brought by the plan against employer contributors to multiemployer plans.
Amy successfully defended US Airways in the first post-Enron “stock drop” trial, DiFelice v. US Airways, 436 F. Supp. 2d 756 (E.D. Va. 2006). The US Airways case was named to the National Law Journal’s “Defense Hot List” for 2006.
Before focusing her practice on ERISA litigation, Amy’s practice encompassed advising plan sponsors, fiduciaries and service providers on various employee benefits issues, including ERISA fiduciary and prohibited transaction matters, tax-qualified retirement plans, welfare plans, top hat plans, severance plans, stock option plans, executive compensation programs and employment agreements.
Amy is a prolific writer and lecturer on cutting-edge ERISA litigation issues. She co-authored BNA’s ERISA Litigation, chapter 34, “Fees and Expenses Litigations in Defined Contribution Plans” and is a regular contributor to BNA’s ERISA Litigation Newsletter.