Howard Shapiro is co-chair of the ERISA Litigation Group and head of the New Orleans office. He is a nationally known ERISA litigator, listed by The National Law Journal as one of the Top 40 Benefits Lawyers in the country in the category of litigators representing management. He is ranked in the first tier of ERISA litigators by Chambers USA, which commends him as “a top class national player” with an “excellent practice with both breadth and depth.” He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1997, where he is one of few lawyers listed in two separate categories: ERISA and Labor/Employment.
Howard's national ERISA litigation practice has focused on defending matters raising sophisticated preemption issues; fiduciary issues; fiduciary misrepresentation claims; ESOP litigation issues; 401(k) plan issues; blackout period cases; plan asset diversification issues; prohibited transaction allegations; directed trustee issues; cash balance cases; independent contractor litigation; “serious consideration” cases; retiree rights litigation; severance pay cases; executive compensation/“top hat” litigation; Section 510 cases; benefit claims cases; ERISA class actions; and class-wide challenges to health plans that do not offer contraception benefits. He has appeared in federal courts from coast to coast, maintaining an active national ERISA litigation practice.
In addition, Howard was The Co-Chair and a co-author of Employee Benefits Law, a treatise originally published by BNA in 1991 and updated with annual supplements. He also served as a senior editor/author of Employee Benefits Law, Second Edition, published in 2000. Most recently, Howard was a contributing author to Bloomberg BNA’s ERISA Litigation Book, Fifth Edition, published in 2014. He has written law review articles, outlines, and other publications and speaks frequently at national seminars and other programs on ERISA litigation topics.