Christopher J. Rillo is a member of the firm’s ERISA Practice. He has more than 30 years of experience as a litigator, focusing on ERISA litigation and class action defense since the early 2000s. He also has significant experience with benefit issues involving ESOPs, plan fee litigation, retiree health litigation and other defined benefit plan litigation. As plaintiffs’ claims have evolved, his experience has cut across almost all areas of benefits litigation practice.
Mr. Rillo trained as a labor and employment lawyer at the outset of his career and moved into ERISA litigation as the practice area developed. He has handled cutting-edge class actions involving company stock and conversion of defined benefits plans to cash balance arrangements. He has also successfully represented clients in several 401(k) fee class actions, including claims involving the country’s largest defined contribution plan. Some of his major matters involve issues of company stock, 401(k) plan fees, cash balance conversions and fiduciary personal liability for pension plan funding. He also has experience with related tax litigation involving plan disputes, financial services litigation and securities claims.
Chambers USA and Legal 500 have both recognized Mr. Rillo in ERISA litigation. In addition, he is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. He is a frequent writer and author on current benefit litigation topics.