James W. Barnett

James W. Barnett is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department and a member of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, where he focuses on ERISA litigation.

James works on a wide variety of ERISA litigation matters, including breach of fiduciary duty claims, ERISA benefits claims and withdrawal liability disputes. He represents plan fiduciaries, trustees, sponsors and service providers on a myriad of ERISA and Employee Stock Ownership Plan issues. James also represents employers in litigation of employment-related matters, including claims of wrongful termination, unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

James has authored several ERISA articles, including those published in the Bloomberg National Affairs and Lexis Practice Advisor. He is also a frequent contributor to Proskauer’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Blog and Law and the Workplace Blog.

Prior to joining Proskauer, James served eight years in the United States Air Force (USAF) as an Officer and Special Agent in the USAF Office of Special Investigations, which included one combat tour in Afghanistan.