Miguel Eaton is a partner at Jones Day, a legal institution with more than 2,500 lawyers on five continents. For more than a decade, Miguel has helped clients solve complex employee benefits issues with a keen understanding that each matter is not simply about the merits of that particular case, but that each matter presents a business challenge such as a potential impact on the client’s balance sheet, or a potential obstacle to a merger or acquisition. Miguel began his career litigating these issues and over the years has expanded his practice to include counseling clients on benefits issues in M&A deals as well as litigating pension and retiree health benefits issues in bankruptcy. A significant portion of Miguel’s practice involves multiemployer benefit and pension plans, including counseling contributing employers, litigating withdrawal liability and trustee deadlocks, as well as advising on M&A matters. He also advises clients’ benefit committees as they evaluate participants’ claims for pension, welfare, and disability benefits. Miguel’s litigation experience includes defending companies in stock drop cases, breach of fiduciary duty class actions, and retiree health cutback cases, as well as companies being investigated by the Departments of Labor and/or Justice. In addition, Miguel has significant experience litigating employee benefits issues in bankruptcy. He represented the City of Detroit during its historic bankruptcy. More recently, he litigated pension and retiree health issues in the bankruptcies of two significant energy companies — Alpha Natural Resources and Peabody Energy. Miguel’s practice includes pro bono work related to veterans. He is a member of the Washington Office’s Recruiting Committee and co-chairs the Washington Office Diversity Committee.
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