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Richard Brown

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Mr. Brown is actively engaged in an ERISA litigation practice. His background and experience in employee benefit matters includes work in both practice and as inside counsel for a Fortune 500 corporation. He represents individuals in a large variety of employee benefit claims involving pension, 401(k), health, severance and disability, and has developed a sub-specialty litigating former spouse’s claims for pension or 401(k) plan benefits under qualified domestic relations orders (“QDRO’s”) resulting from a divorce.

Mr. Brown began his career in private practice with Walsh, Case & Coale in Chicago, Illinois and with Reed Smith Shaw and McClay in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1980, he was asked to join Armco Inc., a large diversified integrated steel producer now known as AK Steel Corporation, as their in-house employment and employee benefits counsel. While with Armco, Mr. Brown was responsible for all of the company’s world-wide executive compensation and employee benefit matters.

Since returning to private practice in 1992, Mr. Brown’s broad experience with ERISA matters has resulted in his being engaged as special counsel for a number of local firms assisting in ERISA litigation. He maintains his private practice while also serving as Of Counsel to David New & Banjamin Karfunkel New working primarily on Taft-Hartley Plan matters. This includes handling of QDRO’s, drafting Plan documents and meeting compliance requirements of the firm’s benefit plans.


  • Northwestern University, Juris Doctor, 1971.
  • Indiana State University, Bachelor of Arts, 1967.


  • 2006 United States Supreme Court.
  • 1991 New Jersey, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey and U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Sixth Circuits.
  • 1981 Ohio (inactive).
  • 1980 Florida (inactive).
  • 1977 Pennsylvania (inactive), U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania and U.S. Tax Court.
  • 1971 Illinois (inactive) and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.


  • Grossman v. Teamsters, Production, Maintenance and Allied Workers Local 418 Welfare Fund, et al., Civil Action No. 07-604 (D.N.J. 2007)
  • The Valley Hospital v. Jennifer B. Asquith v. Stryker Corporation., Civil Action No. 06-865 (D.N.J. 2006)
  • Robert Coli v. OppenheimerFunds, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 06-865 (D.N.J. 2006)
  • Daly v. The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Civil Action No.: 06-1967 (D.N.J. 2006)
  • Files v. ExxonMobil Pension Plan, 428 F.3d. 478 (3d Cir. 2005)
  • Tynes v. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Civil Action No. 04-2725, 2005 WL 1828578, 2005 Dist. LEXIS 16037, 35 Employee Benefits Cas. 2509 (D.N.J. 2005)
  • Scholl v. Kansas City Life Insurance Company, et al., Civil Action No.: 00-4432 (D.N.J. 2000)
  • Aus v. Armco, Inc. 1992 WL 551109 (S.D.Tex.,1992); reversed 9 F.3d 104; cert. denied 511 U.S. 1082, 114 S.Ct. 1831, 128 L.Ed.2d 460 (1994)
  • Lee v. Benefits Plans Adm'r of Armco, Inc. 992 F.2d 324, 1993 WL 152090 (5th Cir. 1993)
  • Stuhlreyer v. Armco, Inc., 849 F. Supp. 583 (S.D. OH 1992)
  • Hoover v. Armco, Inc. 915 F.2d 355 (8th Cir. 1990); cert. denied 499 U.S. 961, 111 S.Ct. 1585, 113 L.Ed.2d 650 (1991)
  • Porto v. Armco, Inc., 825 F.2d 1274 (8th Cir. 1987); cert. denied 485 U.S. 937, 108 S.Ct. 1114, 99 L.Ed.2d 274 (1988)
  • Connors v. Allied Chemical Corp. 676 F.Supp. 114 (S.D.W.Va., 1987)
  • Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation v. Heppenstall Company, 633 F.2d 293 (3d Cir. 1980)
  • Murphy v. Heppenstall Company, 635 F.2d 233 (3d Cir. 1980)


  • Member, New Jersey and Morris County Bar Associations.
  • Member, New Jersey District X Ethics Committee.
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