Damarr M.Butler


Washington + 1.202.879.4657

Damarr Butler assists clients in defending complex ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) litigation matters involving single and multiemployer plans. He also advises clients on complex benefits matters in connection with corporate restructurings, acquisitions, dispositions, and mergers and in the administration and compliance of employee benefit plans with the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA. He also counsels clients on matters involving fiduciary responsibility, prohibited transactions, plan fees, and plan investments.

Damarr's ERISA career began at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), where he represented the PBGC in federal bankruptcy, state insolvency/receivership, transactional, and litigation matters. He also regularly defended the agency regarding its Early Warning Program, reportable events, and distress and standard termination proceedings. Damarr currently assists clients with PBGC reporting obligations, audits, and investigations.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2023, Damarr was an associate general counsel at Edward D. Jones & Co., where he advised the firm in legal and regulatory matters related to all facets of its retirement business, including ERISA and non-ERISA employer retirement plans as well as retail products such as IRAs (individual retirement accounts), Roth IRAs, SEPs (simplified employee pension plans), and SIMPLE (savings incentive match plan for employees) accounts. Damarr also practiced at an international law firm in its Washington, D.C. office, where he represented retirement and welfare plan sponsors, fiduciaries, and service providers in all phases of ERISA litigation, compliance, and regulatory investigations.

Damarr is actively involved with various benefits and tax committees of the American Bar Association (ABA).


  • Henderson Park acquires Arizona Biltmore for $705 millionJones Day represented Henderson Park Capital Partners in the acquisition and financing of the Arizona Biltmore, a LXR Hotel & Resort, for a purchase price of $705 million.
  • Angelos Family agrees to sell control stake in Baltimore Orioles to Baltimore native David RubensteinJones Day advised the Baltimore Orioles in connection with the sale of a controlling interest in the Orioles to a diverse investor group led by David Rubenstein that includes Michael Arougheti, Mitchell Goldstein, Michael Smith, and Maryland leaders, philanthropists, and sports legends.
  • Affiliate of Centre Lane Partners acquires appliance business from Instant BrandsJones Day advised an affiliate of Centre Lane Partners in the acquisition and financing of the appliances business of Instant Brands, designer and distributor of kitchen and home appliances, including the Instant Pot, pursuant to Section 363 of title 11 of the United States Code.
  • Autres publications

    Publications Prior to Jones Day

    A Most Unusual Case PBGC v. 50509 Marine LLC, 29 No. 1 ERISA Litig. Rep. NL 3 (February 2021)

    Plastic Surgery Center v. Aetna: A Promise is a Promise, Even from a Plan Administrator, 28 No. 3 ERISA Litig. Rep. NL 1 (September 2020)

    Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Who, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, The 101 Practice Series (2018)

    A Window into PBGC's Practice: Current Issues and Trends (April 2017 and 2018)

    Employee Benefits Law, Chapter 9, Plan Insurance and Plan Termination (Cum. Supp.) (2015)

    ERISA Cases to Keep an Eye on in 2022, Law360 (January 2022)

    Benefits Cases to Watch in the 2nd Half of 2022, Law360 (June 2022)

    Saint Constance Fixes the Unfixable as Patron of Lost Pensions, Bloomberg Law (April 2019)

    • May 9, 2024
      Fiduciary Issues in Investing Assets in a Trust, ABA RPTE National CLE Conference
    • February 2020
      Top Ten Employee Benefits Topics of 2019, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employee Benefits Committee Mid-Winter Meeting

    November 2018
    Searching for Missing Plan Participants and Defining the Appropriate Duty of Care Sufficient to Satisfy DOL Standards, American Conference Institute 16th National Forum on ERISA Litigation, New York, New York

    April 2018
    Top Five Benefit Issues for Employment Attorneys (ERISA Requirements in M&A Transactions), National Employment Law Conference 23rd Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana

    August 2017
    Working with Employers on ERISA Reporting and Compliance Requirements, American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

    February 2017
    Missing Participants and State Escheat Laws, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employee Benefits Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, Austin, Texas

    February 2015
    Dealing with PBGC Liabilities, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employee Benefits Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, Coronado, California

    January 2015
    Protection of IRA & Qualified Plan Assets after Clark v. Rameker, American Bar Association, Joint Committee on Employee Benefits

    February 2014
    Litigating Against the PBGC, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employee Benefits Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana