Joseph C. Faucher

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Education

  • J.D., 1988
    University of California, Davis
    King Hall School of Law
  • B.A., 1985
    University of Iowa

Professional Career

  • 2016
    Special Counsel
    Trucker Huss
    San Francisco, California
  • 2011 - 2016
    Of Counsel
    Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
    Los Angeles, California
  • 1990 – 2011
    Partner
    Reish & Reicher
    Los Angeles, California
  • 1988 – 1990
    Associate
    Lynberg & Watkins
    Los Angeles, California

Professional Licenses
and Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California
  • Member, The ESOP Association
  • Member, American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, National Conference on Employee Ownership

Joe has been litigating ERISA matters and other employee benefit related cases for over 25 years. His litigation experience runs the gamut, and includes defending actions for breach of fiduciary duty against retirement plan sponsors, administrators, trustees and other fiduciaries, claims for benefits against retirement plans, disability insurance plans, health insurance plans and life insurance plans and claims against surety bond companies.

He has represented trustees in contentious claims involving multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs). He has defended internal trustees and independent trustees in actions involving employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) transactions brought by plan participants and by the United States Department of Labor. In a recent high-profile ESOP litigation matter, Joe’s work was instrumental in bringing about a settlement, on the eve of trial, for a fraction of the plaintiff’s original demand. Joe also has significant experience representing plan sponsors and fiduciaries in connection with investigations by the DOL’s Employee Benefit Security Administration, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Joe has also represented numerous employee benefit plan service providers, such as third party administrators, actuaries, registered investment advisers and insurance carriers. He brings a practical approach to the negotiation of service provider agreements.

In addition to his litigation practice, Joe actively counsels clients regarding risk management and insurance coverage issues, and, in the employee benefit context, helps clients comply with applicable Department of Labor regulations.

For several years before joining Trucker Huss, Joe was the senior West Coast ERISA litigator at a large national firm, and for many years before that was a partner in a prominent Southern California law firm where he focused his practice in ERISA and employee benefits litigation issues. He has been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” in the area of employee benefits several years running. He is admitted to practice in California, the Supreme Court of the United States, the Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits, all California U.S. District Courts and the District of Colorado.

Joe is a frequent speaker on ERISA and employee benefits litigation subjects, and has written numerous articles and white papers on topics of interest to benefit plan sponsors, fiduciaries and service providers.

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