Christopher J. Rillo

Partner

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San Francisco

P: +1.415.291.6257
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Christopher Rillo

Christopher J. Rillo has more than 30 years of experience as a litigator, focusing on ERISA litigation and class action defense. His experience encompasses almost all areas of benefits litigation practice, including benefit issues involving ESOPs, plan fee litigation, retiree health litigation and other defined benefit plan litigation.

Mr. Rillo began as a labor and employment lawyer and transitioned to focus on ERISA litigation as that practice area evolved. He has represented clients in several 401(k) fee class actions, including claims involving the country's largest defined contribution plan. His experience also includes class actions involving company stock and conversion of defined benefits plans to cash balance arrangements, as well as related tax litigation involving plan disputes, financial services litigation and securities claims.

Mr. Rillo is recognized by Chambers USA for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - California, 2012 and in The Legal 500 U.S. for Labor and Employment - ERISA Litigation, 2018. He is a frequent author and writer on current benefit litigation topics.

Related Experience

  • Representation of steel manufacturer in class action litigation alleging failure to provide retiree health benefits after acquisition.
  • Representation of international contracting firm in enforcement action by California Division of Fair Labor Standards alleging violations of state statute for failure to provide employment benefits.
  • Representation of major communications company and its plan fiduciaries in action alleging that plan fiduciaries breached their fiduciary duties by permitting plan to invest in company stock and thereafter failing to divest the plan of such stock.
  • Representation of ESOP fiduciaries of manufacturing firm in litigation alleging statutory violations based on sale and structuring of company to permit funders of plan to hold favorable preferred stock, which allegedly looted company. Faced with summary judgment motion, plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case in exchange only for a waiver of costs.
  • Representation of legacy pension plan sponsor in action alleging statutory violations from conversion of traditional pension plan to cash balance arrangement.
  • Representation of major aerospace corporation pension plan sponsor in action alleging statutory violations from conversion of traditional pension plan to cash balance arrangement.
  • Representation of major aerospace corporation pension plan sponsor in action alleging statutory violations relating to plan’s 401(k) fees and purportedly imprudent investment options.
  • Representation of major financial institution against claims that plan fiduciaries breached their fiduciary duties by permitting plan to invest in company stock and by subsequently failing to divest the plan of such stock.
  • Representation of plan fiduciaries of state teachers’ union placed in receivership in action by a national teachers’ labor organization alleging that fiduciaries violated their duties by permitting benefit trust to fund long term disability and health benefits.
  • Representation of energy pipeline company in action alleging that company violated their statutory duties by converting defined benefit plan to cash balance arrangement.
  • Representation of union trustee of multi-employer plan against charges that he committed statutory violations in his duties.
  • Representation of major corporation in action alleging statutory violations relating to plan’s 401(k) fees and purportedly imprudent investment options.

Awards & Community

Recommended in The Legal 500 U.S. for Labor & Employment-ERISA Litigation, 2018

Recommended in Chambers USA for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation-California, 2012

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