Ross focuses her practice primarily on employee benefits class action litigation and counseling under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). She has extensive experience in counseling and representing employers, boards of directors, plan fiduciaries and trustees in matters concerning pension and welfare benefit plans.
Ross’ experience includes representation of pension plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), trustees and employers concerning their administration of plan assets and fiduciary responsibilities. She frequently represents directors and officers who are named as defendants in ERISA litigation over 401(k) plans and other employee benefit plans. She also has extensive experience in counseling employers seeking to reduce their retiree health benefits exposure and has successfully represented companies in litigation challenging the reduction of retiree medical benefits. Additionally, Ross has been approved by various insurance companies to represent directors and officers in fiduciary litigation.
“The continued increase in litigation under ERISA directly impacts companies in all industries, and Nancy is well known in the marketplace as a first-rate ERISA and benefits litigator,” says Marcia Goodman, co-leader of the employment and ERISA litigation practice. “Her breadth and depth of experience in counseling and litigation for these types of claims will be of tremendous value to clients, and we are thrilled to have her join Mayer Brown.”
Ross is on the board of directors of the Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) and serves as vice chair of CBF’s Grants Committee. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Additionally, Ross is a faculty member for the ABA National Institute, for which she frequently speaks at seminars nationwide on employee benefits issues. In 2014, she was named the “Lawyer of the Year ERISA Litigation – Chicago” by Best Lawyers.
Ross holds a JD from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and a BA from the University of Colorado.