Amanda Amert is chair of Jenner & Block’s ERISA Litigation Practice, member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice and serves on the firm’s Management Committee. She has a wide variety of business litigation, appellate and arbitration experience. Businesses rely on her for help with contract disputes, intellectual property issues and employment litigation. They also seek her counsel in avoiding benefits litigation. Recognized for her substantial experience in ERISA litigation, she has represented employers in federal courts around the country at the trial and appellate levels, in both individual and class-action lawsuits.
Ms. Amert's experience in business litigation ranges from contact disputes to financial industry cases to employment litigation. For example, Ms. Amert has been part of Jenner & Block teams that have successfully obtained a dismissal of a proprietary funds lawsuit against one of the country's largest banks, defended a consulting firm against employment discrimination allegations and obtained a declaratory judgement that a large manufacturer is entitled to indeminification for potentially large environmental liabilities under the provisions of a thirty-year-old contract.
Ms. Amert's 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 benefits litigation. For example, Ms. Amert is currently representing a plan service provider in a breach of fiduciary duty class action alleging breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with individual participant investment advice in 401(k) plans. Ms. Amert also led a team that obtained a dismissal of two ERISA class actions seeking increased benefits from defined benefit plans, as well as dismissal of all claims against a financial services company in a class action alleging breaches of fiduciary duties and seeking damages related to a multi-billion dollar defined benefit plan. Ms. Amert was also part of a team of attorneys who successfully obtained a dismissal of all claims against a major public company in an ERISA stock drop lawsuit, as well as a team that obtained summary judgment for a major defense contractor in an ERISA dispute with a labor union. Both decisions were later affirmed by appellate courts. Ms. Amert has also represented clients with ERISA class action settlements, plan audits and investigations. Ms. Amert 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. Ms. Amert and Mr. Martin also write a recurring ERISA litigation column that appears in the Employee Relations Law Journal.
In 2011, Law360 recognized Ms. Amert 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.”