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Miguel Eaton


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  • Duke University (J.D. 2006); United States Naval Academy, Annapolis (B.S., Mechanical Engineering 1996)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, Court of Appeals of Maryland, and U.S. District Courts for the District of Maryland and District of Columbia


  • Law Clerk to the Honorable James C. Dever III, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina (2006-2007)

Government Service

  • United States Marine Corps (2003-2004 and 1996-2002)

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).

Miguel Eaton