Amanda S. Amert

Partner

Chicago
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
300 North LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60654-3406
T 312 728 9010
F 312 728 9199
aamertwillkie.com

Amanda S. Amert is a partner in the Litigation Department, based in the firm’s Chicago office. She focuses her practice on ERISA litigation and has a wide variety of business litigation, appellate and arbitration experience. Businesses rely on her for help with ERISA litigation and counseling, contract disputes and financial services litigation. She has represented employers in federal courts around the country at the trial and appellate levels, in both individual and class-action lawsuits, and in disputes with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Amanda's experience in business litigation ranges from contract disputes to financial industry cases to employment litigation. Her ERISA litigation experience includes representing employers and ERISA plan service providers in federal courts around the country at the trial and appellate levels, in both individual and class action lawsuits, as well as counseling clients regarding developing practices designed to avoid fiduciary litigation. Most recently, Amanda led teams that obtained dismissal of an ERISA class action against a major private university that was affirmed on appeal by the Seventh Circuit, and won summary judgment for Fortune 500 telecommunications company and its asset management subsidiary in an ERISA breach of fiduciary duty class action challenging the management of 401(k) assets. Amanda has also recently led teams that secured dismissals of putative class actions aimed at ERISA plan service providers in the individual investment advice arena.

Amanda has also handled ERISA class action settlements, plan audits and investigations, and disputes between ERISA plan sponsors and service providers. Amanda writes and speaks on ERISA litigation topics and, with partner Craig C. Martin, is a co-author of PLI's ERISA Benefits Litigation Answer Book. Amanda and Craig also write a recurring ERISA litigation column that appears in the Employee Relations Law Journal.

Law360 recognized Amanda as an "MVP" in Benefits for her ERISA litigation work. The publication previously recognized her as a “Rising Legal Star,” and as one of “five employment lawyers under the age of 40 to watch,” noting her “deep expertise in ERISA law.” Additionally, Chambers USA (2020) ranks Amanda among the leading practitioners nationally in the area of ERISA litigation, and Legal 500 has recognized her for her work in labor and employment.

Amanda maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included a range of civil, criminal and counseling matters.

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Amanda S. Amert is a partner in the Litigation Department, based in the firm’s Chicago office. She focuses her practice on ERISA litigation and has a wide variety of business litigation, appellate and arbitration experience. Businesses rely on her for help with ERISA litigation and counseling, contract disputes and financial services litigation. She has represented employers in federal courts around the country at the trial and appellate levels, in both individual and class-action lawsuits, and in disputes with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Willkie, Amanda was a partner at another major law firm where she was Chair of the ERISA Litigation Practice and a co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Forum.

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Amanda is a member of the board of directors of Chicago Debates, whose mission is to advance the academic achievement and life success of Chicago’s urban youth through academic debate. She also serves on the board of the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services of Chicago, one of the first organizations in the United States to provide legal services regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.

Amanda was selected as a fellow of the 2012 class of Leadership Greater Chicago, a 30-year-old non-profit organization that cultivates Chicago’s business, public and civic leaders through a deeper understanding of the issues facing the Chicago community.

In 2018, Crain’s named Amanda among Chicago’s “Notable Women Lawyers.”

Selected Publications and Lectures

Publications

  • Co-Author, “Early Returns on Actuarial Equivalence Cases,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Winter 2019
  • Co-Author, “Everything Old is New Again: Stock Drop Lawsuits on the Rise,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Summer 2019
  • Co-Author, “Drawing the Line Between Possible and Plausible in Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Spring 2019
  • Co-Author, “Fee Awards Under ERISA – The Long and Winding Road to ‘Some Success on the Merits,’” Employee Relations Law Journal, Autumn 2018
  • Co-Author, “New Plaintiffs’ Firms Bring Increased ERISA Litigation Risks for Employers,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Summer 2018
  • Co-Author, “What Happens After Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims Stemming from Denials of Benefits Survive a Motion to Dismiss,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Spring 2018
  • Co-Author, “Equitable Relief under ERISA Following Amara,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Winter 2017
  • Co-Author, “The Upward Trend in ERISA Class Action Class Action Settlements,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Autumn 2017
  • Co-Author, “Cert Denial in Carolinas Electrical Workers Retirement Plan a Win for ERISA Plan Service Providers,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Summer 2017
  • Co-Author, “A Deepening Split: Enforceability of Venue Selection Clauses Under ERISA,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Spring 2017
  • Co-Author, “A Cautionary Note on Venue Selection Clauses in ERISA Plans,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Winter 2016
  • Co-Author, “Providers Beware: Failure to Keep Track Means You Have to Pay It Back,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Autumn 2016
  • Co-Author, “When the Shoe Doesn’t Fit: Provider-Plaintiffs’ Standing in the Face of Anti-Assignment Clauses,” Employee Relations Law Journal, May 9, 2016
  • Co-Author, “Will the Duty to Monitor Erode ERISA’s Limitations Provisions?” Employee Relations Law Journal, Spring 2016
  • Co-Author, “The ERISA Trifecta: Injury, Standing, and Equitable Relief,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Winter 2015
  • Co-Author, “When Is a Church Not a Church?” Employee Relations Law Journal, Autumn 2015
  • Co-Author, “A Farewell to Yard-Man,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Summer 2015
  • Co-Author, “Perez v. Bruister: An Appraisal,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Spring 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Benefits Briefing: Recent Litigation Affecting Plan Sponsors Webinar, The American Benefits Council, August 8, 2017
  • Co-Chair, 14th National Forum on ERISA Litigation, American Conference Institute, March 1, 2017
  • Co-Chair, American Conference Institute's 11th National Forum on ERISA Litigation, March 1, 2016

Recognition, Honors & Awards

  • Legal 500
    Labor and Employment - ERISA Litigation, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Chambers USA
    ERISA Litigation (Nationwide), 2019

Recognition, Honors & Awards

  • Legal 500
    Labor and Employment - ERISA Litigation, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Chambers USA
    ERISA Litigation (Nationwide), 2019
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