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Jeffrey Lewis


300 Lakeside Drive, Suite 1000
Oakland, CA 94612

P: 510.463.3900
F: 510.463.3901



Jeffrey Lewis has specialized in ERISA and employee benefits law since 1975. He has successfully litigated individual, group, and class action claims on behalf of hundreds of thousands of employees, retirees, and the disabled. He was a founding partner of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee & Jackson, one of the first firms in the nation to specialize in ERISA litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. Among his major successes was serving as one of the appointed counsel for employees of WorldCom, Inc. in a class action that resulted in a settlement that paid more than $47 million to participants in WorldCom’s 401(k) plan. He recently recovered over $40 million for retirees after a lengthy trial in which he served as lead counsel. Mr. Lewis serves as a mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and in private practice, and has served as an arbitrator and expert witness in ERISA cases. He has also advised employee groups and benefit plan fiduciaries, and served as an independent fiduciary of employee benefit plans.

In addition to his litigation and advisory activities throughout the U.S., Mr. Lewis has testified before Congressional committees regarding pension issues and served as one of the Co-Chairs of the Senior Board of Editors of the Employee Benefits Law treatise. He has also taught employee benefits law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, as well as pension law courses at several other law schools.

Bar and Court Admissions

1975, California

1976, California Supreme Court

1976, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

1981, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

1985, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

1991, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

1993, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

1995, Supreme Court of the United States

1999, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

2001, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit

2001, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit

2004, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

2005, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit

2007, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

2015, U.S. District Court of Colorado

2018, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


Yale University – B.A., 1970

University of California at Berkeley School of LawOrder of the Coif – J.D., 1975

Professional and Civic Involvement

Elected as a charter fellow of the College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Board of Governors

American Bar Association, Member, Labor & Employment Section, Former Plaintiff Co-Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee

AC Transit Retirement Board, Chair, Board of Trustees

Goodyear Retiree Health Care Trust, Member of the Plan Committee

Honors & Awards

Selected to Super Lawyers list in Super Lawyers – Northern California, 2005-2020

Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California, Super Lawyers magazine, 2010-2016

Top Attorney for ERISA Plaintiffs in the San Francisco Bar Area, The Recorder

Forty Top Benefits Attorneys, The National Law Journal, 1998

Articles & Presentations

Co-Chair of the Board of Senior Editors of Lewis, et al., Employee Benefits Law (3d and 4th eds. BNA)

Board of Senior Editors, Employee Benefits Law (2d ed. BNA)

Former editor of the Discrimination Claims Under ERISA chapter of Employee Rights Litigation: Pleading and Practice (Matthew Bender, 1991)

Frequent speaker on ERISA topics such as preemption, fiduciary duty, and benefit claims at seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Bureau of National Affairs, the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), and other organizations.

Representative Matters

Tatum v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 392 F.3d 636 (4th Cir. 2004)

Dobson v. Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., 389 F. 3d 386 (2d Cir. 2004)

Canseco v. Construction Laborers Pension Trust, 93 F.3d 600 (9th Cir. 1996)

Sonoma County Ass’n of Retired Employees v. Sonoma County, 708 F.3d 1109 (9th Cir. 2013)

Trotter v. Perdue Farms, Inc., 168 F. Supp. 2d 277 (D. Del. 2001)

Vivien v. Worldcom, Inc., 2002 WL 31640557 (N.D. Cal. July 26, 2002)

Mertens v. Kaiser Steel Retirement Plan, 829 F. Supp. 1158 (N.D. Cal. 1992)

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