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We are pleased to announce that effective November 2, 2016, Robert Rachal will be joining our firm, which will be renamed Holifield Janich Rachal & Associates, PLLC.  Robert will be practicing in our New Orleans office, and can be reached at rrachal@holifieldlaw.com and 504.301.1248.

Robert graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of Tulane Law School, and clerked for Judge Jacques Wiener of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Since 1994 Robert has practiced in the field of labor and employment law, with a focus on ERISA litigation and fiduciary advices.  For the last twelve years, Robert has been a senior counsel at Proskauer, where his work included advising fiduciaries and defending companies, plan providers and plan fiduciaries in all types of complex ERISA litigation, e.g., from claims ESOP stock was overvalued, to claims pension plans of church-affiliated hospitals were misclassified as “church plans.” 

Robert was recently named Best Lawyers® 2017 Lawyer of the Year, ERISA Litigation, New Orleans, and he has been repeatedly recognized by Chambers and US Legal 500, where clients have called him “creative and thorough” and with “encyclopedic knowledge of ERISA litigation.” Robert is a fellow and member of the board of governors of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and is active in the ABA Labor Section’s Employee Benefits Committee, where has was management co-chair from 2011-2013. Robert is also a prolific writer and lecturer on cutting-edge ERISA litigation and fiduciary issues, including for the ABA and BNA.

“I am very pleased to join and become part of Holifield Janich Rachal & Associates.  I’ve known Al Holifield for over fifteen years, and I’ve watched as he has created a strong base of administrative and attorney support for an ERISA litigation and fiduciary advices practice,” said Robert. Robert also notes that “I have enjoyed my time and value the experience gained at Proskauer, which has a premier ERISA practice.  Changes in the practice and in technology have enhanced the opportunities for smaller boutique firms to do certain complex ERISA litigation and advices work.  I hope to marry my skills and experience with the resources of our new firm to provide high quality ERISA work to our clients in a cost-effective manner.”