Emily Costin, partner in Alston & Bird’s ERISA Litigation Group, has been appointed chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Joint Committee on Employee Benefits (JCEB).
The appointment is for one-year term beginning in August 2018.
The JCEB is composed of representatives from six ABA sections: Business Law; Health Law; Labor and Employment Law; Real Property, Trust and Estate Law; Taxation; and Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (TIPS). In addition to coordinating and overseeing the activities of these groups, the JCEB holds Q&A sessions with federal agencies to explore governmental, regulatory, and enforcement activities pertinent to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
The former chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the ABA’s TIPS Section, Costin focuses her practice primarily on defending employers, plan sponsors, and fiduciaries in complex, high-exposure ERISA actions and counseling them on litigation avoidance strategies. She also represents plan sponsors, insurers, and fiduciaries in individual, mass action, and class action litigation over claims for benefits and breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA. She was recently named a 2018 “Rising Star” in the field of employee benefits by Law360.