Kai Richter is of counsel at Cohen Milstein and a member of the Employee Benefits/ERISA practice. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in ERISA class action litigation in federal courts across the country.

Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Mr. Richter was a partner and practice leader at a highly regarded national plaintiffs’ law firm, where he represented clients in all manner of class actions, including over two dozen ERISA class actions as court-appointed class counsel. 

Mr. Richter’s experience also includes public service as the Manager of the Complex Litigation Division of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, and as a litigator in the Office of General Counsel for the Federal Election Commission.

Mr. Richter is currently involved in several high-profile matters:

  • AT&T Pension Benefit Plan Litigation (N.D. Cal.): Cohen Milstein represents AT&T pension plan participants a lawsuit, alleging that they were deprived of accrued, vested pension benefits when they received their pension benefit in the form of a Joint and Survivor Annuity, resulting in their receiving less than the actuarial equivalent of their vested accrued benefits.
  • Envision Management Holding, Inc. ESOP Litigation (D. Col.): Cohen Milstein represents Envision Management Holding ESOP participants in a lawsuit in connection with the sale of Envision Management Holding, Inc. to the ESOP at an inflated price, which caused a multi-million-dollar loss to the ESOP.
  • Luxottica Group Pension Plan Litigation (E.D.N.Y.): Cohen Milstein represents Luxottica pension plan participants in a lawsuit, alleging that the plan used outdated mortality tables to determine the value of participants’ joint and survivor annuities, resulting in married retirees receiving less than the actuarial equivalent of the benefit that ERISA protects.
  • Nationwide Savings Plan Litigation (S.D. Ohio): Cohen Milstein represents participants in the Nationwide Savings Plan in a lawsuit, alleging that Nationwide improperly set its own compensation, earned impermissible profits at the expense of its employees, and exposed its employees’ retirement savings to undue risk.
  • New York Life 401(k) Plan Litigation (S.D.N.Y.): Cohen Milstein represents employees in a lawsuit against New York Life, which alleges corporate self-dealing and the prohibited transfer of employees’ retirement assets to defendants at the expense of the retirement savings of New York Life employees and agents.
  • Western Milling ESOP Litigation (E.D. Cal.): Cohen Milstein represents participants and beneficiaries of the Western Milling Employee Stock Ownership Plan, who allege that the ESOP’s trustees breached their fiduciary duties under ERISA In connection with the purchase of Kruse-Western, Inc. company stock.

A sought-after public speaker, Mr. Richter has spoken frequently on ERISA before the American Law Institute, American Bar Association, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Retirement Advisor Council, and American Conference Institute.

In addition, Mr. Richter has held teaching roles as the Co-Director of the Robert F. Wagner Labor Law Moot Court Program for the University of Minnesota Law School, and as an adjunct legal writing instructor at Hamline University.  He also formerly served as the Co-Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Consumer Litigation Section.

Mr. Richter received his B.A., cum laude, from Dartmouth College, and his received his J.D., cum laude, from University of Minnesota Law School.