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Robert Rachal

Robert Rachal is the resident partner of the firm’s New Orleans Office. For close to 25 years, Robert has focused his practice on complex ERISA and executive compensation litigation, including defending DOL investigations, and on advising ERISA fiduciaries. 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. From 2004 to 2016, Robert was 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 401(k) fees were excessive or that pension plans owed greater benefits under complex provisions of ERISA. Robert’s work also includes providing expert testimony and consulting on issues that arise in complex ERISA litigation and benefits claim processing.

Robert’s clients include both Fortune 500 companies and small and mid-size employers. In defending and advising these clients, 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 also a prolific writer and lecturer on cutting-edge ERISA litigation and fiduciary issues, including for the ABA and BNA.

Education
J.D. – Tulane Law School, 1993
B.S., Accounting – University of New Orleans, 1981

Professional Recognitions

  • Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, and member Board of Governors
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Benefits Law Journal, Wolters Kluwer
  • Employer Co-Chair, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law for the Employee Benefits Committee
  • Listed in Best Lawyers® 2017 Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – ERISA, New Orleans
  • US Legal 500 – Mention for Labor & Employment, ERISA Litigation
  • Chambers – Louisiana Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Band 2)
  • Louisiana “Super Lawyer” 2007-2010, 2013-2018
  • Named “Top Lawyer” New Orleans Magazine 2012

Selected Recent Published Books & Articles

Admissions
Licensed to practice in all Louisiana state courts and the following federal courts:
United States Court of Appeal, Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeal, Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeal, Sixth Circuit
United States Court of Appeal, Seventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeal, Eight Circuit
United States Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit
United States Eastern District of Louisiana
United States Middle District of Louisiana
United States Western District of Louisiana
United States Northern District of Texas
United States District of Colorado
United States Eastern District of Michigan

Curriculum Vitae

rrachal@holifieldlaw.com
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