Jen Squillario - Labor & Employment Group - Nixon Peabod LLP

Jen Squillario


Jen represents companies, executives, and fiduciaries in connection with Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation, employee benefits and executive compensation matters, class actions, and other commercial disputes. Jen also has significant experience in complex disputes involving financial products and managing e-discovery in large internal and governmental investigations and heavy document litigations.

What do you focus on?

I represent companies, executives, committees, and fiduciaries in all aspects of employee benefit litigation matters, including numerous ERISA litigation class actions. My experience includes defending clients in class actions regarding the administration of 401(k) and 403(b) savings plans, executive compensation arrangements, equity plans, top-hat plans, employee stock ownership plans, and defined benefit plans. I also have substantial experience advising clients on e-discovery issues and running large investigations and litigation matters, particularly those involving financial products.

In addition to my litigation practice, I have significant experience in corporate investigations and compliance. I regularly counsel clients on managing e-discovery issues, including records retention, litigation holds and preservation, and use of electronic information.

What do you see on the horizon?

Plaintiffs’ lawyers continue to test novel theories regarding ERISA’s fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty. As a result, I expect the trend of ERISA class action filings will continue and possibly increase over the next few years.

Representative Experience

The below representative experience includes representations from a prior firm.

  • Represented one of the largest private universities in an eight-day trial in the Southern District of New York in a case alleging breaches of ERISA fiduciary duties; obtained a defense judgment on all counts
  • Obtained dismissal of a putative ERISA class action brought in the Southern District of New York
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a hospitality client in an ERISA putative class action in the District of Maryland; judgment affirmed by the Fourth Circuit
  • Obtained dismissal of a putative ERISA class action regarding allegedly defective COBRA notices
  • Obtained denial of class certification on behalf of Marriott International, Inc. in putative ERISA class action
  • Representation of financial services companies, including investment advisers, broker dealers, and their associated persons in an SEC investigation related to use of quantitative models
  • Represented a global life insurance company in lawsuits filed by a large commercial bank seeking recoveries arising from investment losses related to bank-owned life insurance
  • Represented a global financial services and insurance company defending a case alleging purported violations of the False Claims Act against our client and certain investment banks. Motion to dismiss the first amended complaint was successful
  • Represented seven former executives in a nine-figure breach of employment contract case in state court in Maryland
  • Represented a global financial services and insurance company to investigate and develop its compliance program
  • Represented a global financial services and insurance company to monitor compliance with various regulations and records management and retention requirements

Clerkships

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland, The Honorable Glenn T. Harrell, Jr.
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland, The Honorable Andre M. Davis

Compliance hot spots - Notable moves

Law.com | June 01, 2022

The following article highlights the arrival of Washington, DC Labor &Employment partners Jennifer Squillario and Ian Taylor, who focus their practices on ERISA litigation.

Nixon Peabody adds two labor attorneys from DLA Piper

Law360 | May 31, 2022

The following article highlights the arrival of Washington, DC Labor & Employment partners Jennifer Squillario and Ian Taylor, who focus their practices on ERISA litigation.

The daily docket - Industry moves

Reuters Legal | May 26, 2022

The following article highlights the arrival of Washington, DC Labor & Employment partners Jennifer Squillario and Ian Taylor, who focus their practices on ERISA litigation.

Wake up call

Bloomberg Law | May 25, 2022

This roundup of notable legal industry news and attorney moves mentions the arrival of Labor and Employment partners Jennifer Squillario and Ian Taylor to the Washington, DC office. The article mentions that Jen and Ian focus their practices on ERISA litigation.

Contact

Jen Squillario

Partner

Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8078


Fax: 833-755-2227

University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., Editor-in-Chief, Maryland Law Review, Order of the Coif

Columbia University, B.A.

Maryland

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Maryland

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • St. Vincent De Paul Baltimore, Board Member
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