Crowe & Dunlevy Names Chair of Employee Benefits & ERISA Practice Group

Crowe & Dunlevy recently named director Alison M. Howard chair of the firm’s Employee Benefits & ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) practice group. In this role, Howard leads a team of experienced attorneys concentrated in employee benefits and ERISA litigation. The firm’s attorneys in these two areas work together, sharing information, ideas and resources on client matters, in order to keep abreast of legislative, administrative and judicial developments.

“Crowe & Dunlevy offers a comprehensive approach to legal services for our clients, and with Alison’s leadership, our Employee Benefits & ERISA practice group will continue to grow,” said Kevin Gordon, president of the firm. “This increasingly complex area of law affects employers of all sizes, and it’s important to approach these issues with a broad understanding of pension, health and other employee benefit plans, as well as consideration of recent and upcoming changes to those plans. Alison and her team offer a combined experience in these areas that facilitates quality and efficient representation.”

Howard concentrates her practice on healthcare and employee benefits law and also handles complex civil litigation and appeals. She is admitted to practice in Oklahoma, the U.S. District Court for the districts of Oklahoma and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Howard is listed in Best Lawyers in appellate practice and rated by Super Lawyers as an Oklahoma Rising Star in employee benefits and ERISA law.

She received her undergraduate degree in English and pre-medicine from the University of Notre Dame and continued her education at Notre Dame Law School. Howard enjoyed 16 years living abroad in Germany, Panama, Canada, and finally in England, where she completed the Concannon Program of International Law, consisting of courses and seminars in comparative and international law. An active member of the community, Howard is a member of the Oklahoma and American Bar Associations and participates in the American Health Lawyers Association and Oklahoma Lawyers for Children.

Crowe & Dunlevy’s employee benefits practice represents employers in the design, implementation and administration of all types of employee benefit plans and deferred compensation arrangements. The firm’s attorneys are business-oriented, focused on a practical approach to ERISA and benefits law, and are thoroughly familiar with the increasingly complex array of statutes, regulations, regulatory guidance and case law governing employee benefit plans.

The firm’s ERISA claim attorneys have litigation experience in cases involving ERISA preemption, insurance benefits, continued medical coverage under COBRA and under state statutes, breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful termination for exercising ERISA rights, penalties for failing to furnish information or notice under ERISA and COBRA and wrongful termination, bankruptcy, tort law and subrogation.

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