Jeffrey Lewis

Top rated Employee Benefits attorney in Oakland, California

Keller Rohrback L.L.P.
Jeffrey Lewis
Keller Rohrback L.L.P.

Practice Areas: Employee Benefits, Employment & Labor

Licensed in California since: 1975

Education: University of California Berkeley School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2023

Keller Rohrback L.L.P.

180 Grand Ave
Suite 1380
Oakland, CA 94610 Phone: 510-463-3900 Email: Jeffrey Lewis Visit website


Jeffrey Lewis has specialized in ERISA and employee benefits law since 1975.He has successfully litigated individual, group, and class action claims on behalf of hundreds of thousands of employees, retirees, and the disabled. He was a founding partner of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee & Jackson, one of the first firms in the nation to specialize in ERISA litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. Among his major successes was serving as one of the appointed counsel for employees of WorldCom, Inc. in a class action that resulted in a settlement that paid more than $47 million to participants in WorldCom’s 401(k) plan. He recently recovered over $40 million for retirees after a lengthy trial in which he served as lead counsel. Mr. Lewis serves as a mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and in private practice, and has served as an arbitrator and expert witness in ERISA cases. He has also advised employee groups and benefit plan fiduciaries, is a fiduciary of two large employee benefit plans, and has served as an independent fiduciary of employee benefit plans.

In addition to his litigation and advisory activities throughout the U.S., Mr. Lewis has testified before Congressional committees regarding pension issues and served as one of the Co-Chairs of the Senior Board of Editors of the Employee Benefits Law treatise. He has also taught employee benefits law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, as well as pension law courses at several other law schools.

In 2022, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Labor to a three-year term on the Advisory Council on Employee Pension and Welfare Benefit Plans ("ERISA Advisory Council") as a representative of the general public.


First Admitted: 1975, California

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Frequent speaker on ERISA topics such as preemption, fiduciary duty, and benefit claims at seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Bureau of National Affairs, the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), and other organizations., Speaker
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Jeffrey Lewis serves on a volunteer basis as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the AC Transit Employees Retirement Plan. 
Educational Background:
  • Yale University – B.A., 1970, 1970
  • U.C. Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 1975, 1975
Representative Clients:
  • Mertens v. Kaiser Steel Retirement Plan, 829 F. Supp. 1158 (N.D. Cal. 1992), 1992
  • Canseco v. Construction Laborers Pension Trust, 93 F.3d 600 (9th Cir. 1996), 1996
  • Vivien v. Worldcom, Inc., 2002 WL 31640557 (N.D. Cal. July 26, 2002), 2002
  • Dobson v. Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., 389 F. 3d 386 (2d Cir. 2004), 2004
  • Trotter v. Perdue Farms, Inc., 168 F. Supp. 2d 277 (D. Del. 2001), 2001
  • Tatum v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 392 F.3d 636 (4th Cir. 2004), 2004
  • Sonoma County Ass’n of Retired Employees v. Sonoma County, 708 F.3d 1109 (9th Cir. 2013), 2013
  • Top attorney for ERISA plaintiffs in the San Francisco Bay Area., Recorder Newspaper, 2003
  • Named as one of the top 40 employee benefits attorneys in the U.S. , National Law Journal, 1998
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court of Colorado, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, 2007
  • Elected as a charter fellow of the College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Board of Governors
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 1976
  • Goodyear Retiree Health Care Trust, Member of the Plan Committee
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1993
  •  U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, 1999
  • California Supreme Court, 1976
  • AC Transit Retirement Board, Chair, Board of Trustees
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, 1991
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 1981
  • California, 1975
  • American Bar Association, Member, Labor & Employment Section, Former Plaintiff Co-Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, 1985

Office location for Jeffrey Lewis

180 Grand Ave
Suite 1380
Oakland, CA 94610

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