Ryan T. Jenny is a partner in Bailey & Glasser LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. He practices primarily in the area of complex employee benefits litigation, representing clients in actions brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
Ryan has litigated a broad range of ERISA class and individual actions at both the trial and appellate levels, with a particular focus on fiduciary responsibility and prohibited transactions. His recent litigation includes numerous private company ESOP cases claiming that fiduciary trustees caused employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) to overpay for private company stock. Examples of decisions in these actions are reported at: Swain v. Wilmington Trust, N.A., 2018 WL 934598 (D. Del. Feb. 16, 2018); Nistra v. Reliance Trust Co., 2018 WL 835341 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 13, 2018); Innis v. Bankers Trust Co. of South Dakota, 2017 WL 4876240 (S.D. Iowa Oct. 13, 2017); Brundle v. Wilmington Trust, N.A., 241 F. Supp. 3d 610 (E.D. Va. 2017); and Allen v. GreatBanc Trust Co., 835 F.3d 670 (7th Cir. 2016). Other representative ERISA cases have focused on claims involving excessive fees, public company employer stock investment options, misrepresentation and nondisclosure, Section 510 discrimination and unlawful termination, the termination of retiree health benefits, claims for benefits, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the preemption of state law. Ryan has also represented multiemployer plan trustees in actions arising under the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA).
Prior to joining the firm, Ryan was of counsel in the D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he litigated and counseled in the areas of ERISA, the ACA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA), and other employment statutes and regulations. For seven years Ryan also managed a team that provided pro bonorepresentation to Holocaust survivors claiming benefits under Germany’s Social Security Pension Program and German Ghetto Work Payment Program. He also served as an associate in the labor and employee benefits group of a prominent law firm in New York, and as a law clerk for the American Psychological Association’s Legal and Regulatory Affairs Department in D.C., where he focused on professional licensure and legislative issues in the healthcare industry.
He received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in Anthropology from The University of Chicago.
Brundle v. Wilmington Trust
Bailey & Glasser recovered $30 million for the participants in the Constellis Employee Stock Ownership Plan following a two-week trial. The court’s decision set important new standards for ESOP trustees representing plans and participants in ESOP transactions.