Miguel Eaton guides clients through complex employee benefits issues that present significant business challenges. Miguel began his career litigating ERISA and other issues. Over the years he expanded his practice to include counseling clients on benefits issues in M&A and cyber and litigating benefits issues in bankruptcy.
A significant portion of Miguel's practice involves multiemployer plans including counseling contributing employers, litigating withdrawal liability and trustee deadlocks, and advising on M&A matters. He also advises benefit committees regarding participants' claims for pension, welfare, and disability benefits. Miguel's litigation experience includes defending ERISA class actions and companies being investigated by the Departments of Labor and/or Justice.
Miguel also has significant experience litigating 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.
Miguel is a frequent speaker on benefits issues. For several years he has served as the employer co-chair for various subcommittees of the ABA Employee Benefits Committee and serves as a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School where he teaches a seminar on ERISA.
Miguel leads the Firm's veterans initiative, VetLex, and is a member of the Washington Office's Recruiting Committee and co-chairs the office's Diversity Committee. Miguel serves on the boards of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and the Catholic Charities Legal Network.
He was a two-sport college athlete. He played in the 1994 NCAA basketball tournament and is the 1996 National Collegiate Boxing Association National Champion (heavyweight).
- March 27-29, 2019
2019 Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys Conference
- January 7-8, 2019
All About the Benefits: An Introduction To ERISA and Employee Benefits, Duke Law School
- November 16, 2018
The Evolving Landscape of Multiemployer Plans, American Conference Institute
- October 11, 2018
ERISA Ethical Issues and Concerns
- October 11, 2018
ABA JCEB ERISA Basics National Institute: ERISA Preemption
- May 1, 2018
Jones Day's Media Labor & Employment Law Roundtable
- January 7 - 8, 2016
All About the Benefits: An Introduction to ERISA and Employee Benefits, Duke Law School Wintersession
- May 2017
Class Action Litigation Strategies - ERISA's Statute of Limitations, Advanced ERISA Litigation National Institute
- January 4 - 5, 2017
All About The Benefits: An Introduction to ERISA and Employee Benefits, Duke University School of Law
- March 24, 2016
Worldwide Employee Benefits Network - Cleveland Chapter: Litigation Update
- October 1, 2015
The Detroit Bankruptcy - Employee Benefits Consultants Forum, Gaylord Resort and Convention Center
- February 8, 2014
Sweet (ERISA) Mystery of Life (Insurance), ABA Midwinter Conference
- February 21, 2013
Benefit Claims Update - Standard of Review, Discretionary Authority and Conflict Discovery, ABA Employee Benefits Midwinter Conference
- November 1, 2012
Is Your Executive Compensation Agreement Covered by ERISA?, ABA Labor and Employment Law Conference
- September 20, 2012
Expert's Guide to Employee Benefits Research, ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits
- February 16, 2012
Multiemployer Plans and Funding Issues, ABA Employee Benefits Committee Midwinter Conference
- February 18, 2011
Update on Fee Litigation and the Impact of the Regulations, ABA Employee Benefits Committee Midwinter Conference
- Duke University (J.D. 2006); United States Naval Academy, Annapolis (B.S., Mechanical Engineering 1996)
- District of Columbia, Court of Appeals of Maryland, and U.S. District Courts for the District of Maryland and District of Columbia
- United States Marine Corps (2003-2004 and 1996-2002)
- Law Clerk to the Honorable James C. Dever III, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina (2006-2007)