Scott M. Lempert is Of Counsel at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm's Employee Benefits (ERISA) Practice Group. He joined the firm in 2016 and represents the interests of employees, retirees, and plan participants and beneficiaries in ERISA cases in the district court and on appeal.
Mr. Lempert is currently engaged in litigating a number of so-called “church plan” lawsuits. These cutting-edge legal cases assert that many non-profit health care systems in the United States wrongfully claim their benefit plans are exempt from ERISA regulation under the church plan exemption. Currently, Cohen Milstein serves as lead or co-lead counsel in 12 separate cases in various jurisdictions throughout the U.S.
Mr. Lempert has over 20 years of experience litigating complex commercial class actions on behalf of employees, retirees and consumers in retiree benefits, employment, consumer protection and antitrust matters. Prior to joining Cohen Milstein he worked on many high-profile matters, including:
- In re: Unisys Corp. Retiree Medical Benefits ERISA Litig. – a series of cases involving representation of thousands of retirees, both as class actions and individually, seeking restoration of lifetime retiree medical benefits unlawfully terminated after retirement. These cases successfully achieved multiple settlements and court judgments providing lifetime retiree medical benefits for some and a continuing stream of payments to pay for medical benefits for other retirees.
- Raetsch v. Lucent Technologies – 36 million dollar settlement involving unlawful transfer of excess defined benefit pension funds to an account to pay for retiree medical benefits.
- Mehling v. New York Life Insurance Co. -- 14 million dollar settlement challenging excessive fees charged to New York Life employees and the company’s pension plan for Plan assets invested in New York Life owned mutual funds.
- Stagi v. National R.R. Passenger Corp. – Gender discrimination class action alleging unlawful disparate impact on female union employees resulting from enforcement of an Amtrak employee policy that blocked union employees from promotion to management. Settlement provided Amtrak employees compensation for denial of opportunities for promotion and the striking of the unlawful employment policy.
Mr. Lempert graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Delaware with a B.A., magna cum laude, in Psychology, and received his J.D., from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. During law school, he served as Vice President of the Law School Government and was a Morris Fellow.
- The Support Center for Child Advocates – Volunteer Attorney (2003 – present) representing abused and neglected children in the custody of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services. Member of the Board – 2013 to present.
- Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel – Vice President (2009-2011); Treasurer (2007-2009); Board of Trustees (2003-2014).