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S. Bradley Perkins

Partner

San Francisco
Direct: (415) 732-1159
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Mr. Perkins is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the Employee Benefits Litigation Group.

Mr. Perkins focuses his practice in the areas of employee benefits fiduciary advice, litigation under the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and litigation involving fraudulent and abusive health care providers. He has represented clients in a wide range of ERISA matters in court and in arbitration, including complex class actions and single-plaintiff lawsuits. He has handled matters involving individual pension and welfare benefit claims, severance pay claims, executive compensation disputes, benefit discrimination, and claims regarding plan design and fiduciary responsibility. In the class action realm, he has defended various types of claims, including claims for benefits and claims for breach of fiduciary duty, including 401(k) fee and proprietary fund litigations.

Mr. Perkins is also a member of the Health Care Fraud & Provider Billing Litigation Specialty Team and has experience representing health care plans and payors in health care reimbursement and provider billing litigation involving claims under ERISA, RICO, and state law, including the California Insurance Frauds Prevention Act.

Mr. Perkins serves as a contributing editor to Employee Benefits Law and its annual supplements, and he serves as a Management Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Liability Issues Unique to Welfare Plans.

Mr. Perkins is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the Employee Benefits Litigation Group.

Mr. Perkins focuses his practice in the areas of employee benefits fiduciary advice, litigation under the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and litigation involving fraudulent and abusive health care providers. He has represented clients in a wide range of ERISA matters in court and in arbitration, including complex class actions and single-plaintiff lawsuits. He has handled matters involving individual pension and welfare benefit claims, severance pay claims, executive compensation disputes, benefit discrimination, and claims regarding plan design and fiduciary responsibility. In the class action realm, he has defended various types of claims, including claims for benefits and claims for breach of fiduciary duty, including 401(k) fee and proprietary fund litigations.

Mr. Perkins is also a member of the Health Care Fraud & Provider Billing Litigation Specialty Team and has experience representing health care plans and payors in health care reimbursement and provider billing litigation involving claims under ERISA, RICO, and state law, including the California Insurance Frauds Prevention Act.

Mr. Perkins serves as a contributing editor to Employee Benefits Law and its annual supplements, and he serves as a Management Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Liability Issues Unique to Welfare Plans.

Education

  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School (2004)
    George Washington Scholar
    The George Washington Law Review, Senior Articles Editor
    Dean’s Fellow

  • B.A., Duke University, cum laude (2001)
    Graduated with Highest Distinction from the Religion Department

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of California, including all State of California trial and appellate courts

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Employee Benefits Committee of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Liability Issues Unique to Welfare Plans)
  • California Bar Association (Labor & Employment Committee)
  • San Francisco Bar Association (Litigation Section)
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association

Representative Engagements

  • Defended jointly trusteed multiemployer welfare benefit plan against claims from health care providers seeking higher reimbursement for medical services.
  • Represented jointly trusteed multiemployer welfare benefit plan in litigation seeking to recover overpaid and fraudulently paid claims from health care providers.
  • Represented employer trustees of a jointly-trusteed welfare benefit plan in arbitrations and litigations involving claims for ERISA benefits.
  • Defended long-term disability insurance provider in class action challenging offset procedures related to California workers' compensation benefits.
  • Defended a plan service provider in class action litigation challenging the reasonableness of 401(k) plan fees.
  • Represented former executive employees in an action by their former employer alleging breaches of fiduciary duties and corporate misconduct.
  • Represented former executive in securities class action and ERISA class action alleging breaches of fiduciary duty.
  • Represented government-sponsored enterprise in securities class action, ERISA class action litigation, and shareholder derivative suit after company announced restatement of earnings.
  • Defended transportation company in class action “stock drop” litigation alleging breach of fiduciary duty in connection with continuing to offer company stock as an investment option in the company’s 401(k) plan.
  • Represented telecommunications company in single plaintiff ERISA Section 502(a)(1)(B) benefits claims.

Publications

  • Co-Author, “Forecasting the Effects of the Supreme Court's Recent Decision: Conkright v. Frommert,” Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin, Vol. 2010, No. 6 (June 2010)
  • Co-Author, "ERISA Judicial Review of Benefit Determinations Following MetLife v. Glenn: A Year in Review," Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin, Vol. 10, No. 1 (January 2010)
  • Contributing Editor, Employee Benefits Law, Bloomberg BNA