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Jenner & Block Associate Brienne M. Letourneau spoke at a program titled “Supreme Court ERISA Litigation Update” on February 21, 2014, at the Chicago Bar Association’s monthly Employee Benefits Committee meeting. She presented an update on ERISA cases both recently decided by and pending before the U.S. Supreme Court during its current term, including the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life and Accident case (which addressed the enforceability of an ERISA plan’s contractual limitations period on claims contesting adverse benefits determinations) and the closely watched Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer case currently pending before the Court, which is expected to resolve a circuit split on the appropriate application of the “presumption of prudence” in breach of fiduciary duty claims involving employee stock ownership plans. The program was presented live and via webcast.
Brienne is an associate in Jenner & Block’s Litigation Department. In 2014, she was named an Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the area of General Litigation. Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys through a comprehensive, peer-review-based evaluation process, which includes surveying thousands of attorneys and asking them to nominate the best attorneys they have personally observed in action. The “Rising Stars” are the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.