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Jenner & Block Partner Amanda S. Amert has been named to Law360’s list of “Rising Legal Stars” of 2011. She was selected by the publication from hundreds of nominations, as one of “five employment lawyers under the age of 40 to watch.”
In a profile in the publication’s March 21, 2011 edition, Law360 highlighted Ms. Amert’s work helping craft an innovative settlement for General Dynamics in a class action over its 401(k) plans. Under the terms of the unique settlement, GD agreed to make changes to its program and the entire settlement cost, which was hundreds of millions of dollars less than the plaintiffs were seeking, was covered by the company’s insurers.
The article quoted Partner Craig C. Martin, who has worked with Ms. Amert since she was a first-year associate. He noted her “deep expertise in ERISA law,” and told Law360 that when the Firm created the ERISA Practice in 2008, she was the “clear choice to lead” the practice.
“Her knowledge of the law and of our clients and their problems is really terrific…and she has proven to be a strong leader for the group,” Mr. Martin said.
The profile also quoted Jim Murphy, General Dynamics Assistant General Counsel, who worked on the class action matter with Ms. Amert. He called her a “strong strategist who was adept at explaining the technical aspects of the case to company executives.”
The publication noted Ms. Amert’s work on a pending ERISA class action involving Sam Zell and Tribune Company employees and the successful outcome she recently achieved for Olin Corporation in an environmental suit over the cleanup of a paper mill site that the company used to own in North Carolina.
Ms. Amert is a partner in the Firm’s Chicago office. In addition to being Chair of the Firm’s ERISA Practice, Ms. Amert is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice and has a wide variety of business litigation, appellate and arbitration experience. Her ERISA litigation experience includes representing employers in federal courts around the country at the trial and appellate levels, in both individual and class-action lawsuits, as well as counseling clients about how to avoid benefits litigation.