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.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein in 2017, Ms. Selesnick was a trial attorney and partner at two distinguished national defense firms. Over the course of her career, Ms. Selesnick has represented clients in a variety 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.
- 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.
- BlackRock 401(k) Retirement Plan Litigation (N.D. Cal.): Cohen Milstein is representing BlackRock 401(k) Plan participants and beneficiaries, who allege that the Plan fiduciaries violated their duties under ERISA by investing employees’ 401(k) savings almost exclusively in BlackRock proprietary funds and by using Blackrock subsidiaries to broker securities lending deals using the Plan’s assets.
Ms. Selesnick is an accomplished writer and has written numerous legal and non-legal articles and blog posts.
Ms. Selesnick graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha from the San Diego State University with a B.A., cum laude, and received her J.D., from the George Washington University School of Law, Order of the Coif.