Julie S. Selesnick is Of Counsel at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm's Employee Benefits/ERISA practice group, where she represents the interests of employees, retirees, and plan participants and beneficiaries in ERISA cases in the district court and on appeal. Her practice is currently focused on health care, where she is putting a decade of insurance coverage experience to good use focusing on insurance carrier TPAs that exercise fiduciary duties under ERISA-covered health plans. Ms. Selesnick is also a member of the firm’s COVID-19 Business Interruption Insurance Coverage Task Force.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein in 2017, Ms. Selesnick was a trial attorney and a partner at a distinguished national defense firm. Over the course of her career, Ms. Selesnick has represented clients in a variety of disputes before juries, federal and state courts, arbitrators, and mediators throughout the country.
Ms. Selesnick is involved in the following high-profile disputes:
- St. Anthony Medical Center, Inc. Church Plan Litigation (N.D. Ill.): Cohen Milstein is representing St. Anthony Medical Center Retirement Plan participants and beneficiaries, who allege that defendants wrongfully claimed that the retirement plan was exempt from ERISA’s protections because it is a “Church Plan,” and, as such, does not comply with many of the protections afforded to plan participants under ERISA.
Scott, et al. v. UnitedHealth Group, Inc., et al. (D. Minn.): Cohen Milstein is representing a class of participants and beneficiaries of self-funded employee welfare benefit plans under which claims are administered by UnitedHealth and its wholly owned subsidiaries. The Complaint alleges that UnitedHealth breached its fiduciary duties under ERISA by engaging in “cross-plan offsetting” whereby it mixes more than $1 billion of assets from different employee health plans it administers to solve problems in its administration of other health plans.
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) DACA Litigation (D.D.C.): Cohen Milstein is representing The NAACP in a race-based discrimination lawsuit against United States President, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and adversely impacting the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants of color who are eligible to participate in DACA. It is the favorable district court Opinion in this case, vacating the DACA rescission memo, that the Supreme Court upheld in June 2020.
- COVID-19 Business Interruption Insurance Litigation: Cohen Milstein represents restaurants and small businesses across the United States in litigation against their property and casualty insurance providers for failing to cover their COVID-19-related business interruption losses.
Ms. Selesnick is an accomplished writer and has written numerous legal and non-legal articles blog posts, and contributed to ERISA Litigation textbooks and cumulative supplements.
Ms. Selesnick graduated with a B.A., cum laude, from the San Diego State University and was elected Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha, and she received her J.D., from the George Washington University School of Law, Order of the Coif.