Sandals & Associates, P.C.

Experienced Philadelphia Lawyers Protecting Workers' and Retirees' Rights

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Firm Overview

Providing legal representation for employees and retirees in Pennsylvania and nationally
The nationally known firm of Sandals & Associates, P.C. protects the rights of workers and retirees in the Philadelphia region and all across the country. We only represent current and former employees and retirees. We do not represent employers.

Employers in the United States are bound by law to treat their workers and retirees fairly when it comes to pay and retirement and other benefits. Our attorneys have worked in this field for decades to ensure that employees and retirees receive the benefits and pay they are entitled to under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as well as applicable state laws.

Attorneys who work exclusively for employees and retirees
You have worked hard to support yourself and your family and you earned the retirement benefits and pay you were promised and expect. You also deserve to be treated fairly and in compliance with the law. When that doesn't happen, it's time to turn to our experienced attorneys. We have been fighting to protect the rights of employees and retirees for a combined total of 50 years.

Personal and attentive service to our clients
We always represent your best interests. We understand that every case has its unique challenges and we address them head-on with the personal attention that gives you confidence going forward. From day one, you will have a direct personal relationship with our senior lawyers. We intentionally limit the size of our caseload to ensure that each client and case receives the most skillful and successful representation possible. Our commitment to your case will continue throughout our time representing you. We are used to handling difficult and challenging cases. As a client, you can rest easy knowing that we are on your case and protecting your interests no matter what twists and turns may occur in your case.

A history of national success
Every case is different, and our success in previous cases does not mean that we will succeed in any particular case in the future. But we are highly selective in deciding which cases to take on. Due to our decades-long experience in the area of pensions, benefits, wage and hour and anti-discrimination employment laws, we have the ability to identify strengths and potential problems in a case. We formulate winning strategies to overcome even the toughest and largest management law firms.

As a nationally prominent firm in its field, Sandals & Associates, P.C has taken on leading roles in a number of successful, precedent-setting cases on behalf of employee and retiree clients. Many of these cases are listed in the biographies of our attorneys.

Experienced, recognized and respected attorneys
-Alan M. Sandals is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics. He also has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (2005-2012) in the field of employee benefits. Because of his experience, he has been a frequent panelist and lecturer who teaches ERISA litigation issues. This experience includes both presentations to federal judges, at programs sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center (1998 and 2002), and presentations to other lawyers, at national, state and local legal education programs since the 1990's.

-Scott M. Lempert has also earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell in recognition of his professionalism and ethics. He is listed as a 2006-2007 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer - Rising Stars Edition in the field of employee benefits.

Fighting for your rights
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was enacted by Congress so that employees and retirees could depend on pension and other benefit plans that would be financially sound and fairly administered. Companies that offer these benefit plans are required to meet strict standards for funding, for accurate disclosure of information, and for loyalty to the interests of participants and beneficiaries. Our attorneys ensure that when these strict standards are not met, our clients' interests are protected fully and effectively. Sandals & Associates, P.C. also fights for workers whose employers are not complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements related to wages, hours and overtime or with federal and state anti-discrimination laws.

We provide skilled and highly effective representation in the following areas of practice for our clients:
-Employee and retiree benefits and pensions (ERISA)
-Pension plans
-Employee benefit plans
-Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
-Employment discrimination
-Class actions
-Complex and multi-district litigation
Main Office

Main Office
One South Broad St, Suite 1850
Philadelphia  PA  19107

Phone
  • 215-825-4000
Employment
Experienced ERISA and Employee Benefit Attorneys
Helping you obtain the benefits you earned and deserve
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, commonly called ERISA, is a federal law protecting the rights of almost every United States employee and retiree to promised benefits during employment and retirement, such as pension and savings plan benefits, medical benefits, life insurance benefits and more. For more than 25 years, the attorneys at Sandals & Associates, P.C. have been fighting for employee and retiree rights to these essential benefits covered by ERISA. We've used our experience and knowledge to skillfully represent individuals in obtaining and protecting from cutback the benefits they earned and deserve and to restore financial losses to pension and savings plans.

What does ERISA cover? Many employer-provided benefits are covered by ERISA, including:
-Pension plans
-Savings plans
-Medical insurance plans
-Life insurance benefits
-Severance benefits

ERISA applies to most private employers who offer employee and retiree benefits (or plans). There is no federal law requiring employers to offer any particular types of benefits or any benefits at all. But when an employer does offer benefits it must comply with the strict standards of the federal ERISA law.

Does ERISA or another protective law apply to my case?
We will be pleased to review your situation to determine whether ERISA or another protective law applies to your situation and whether you may have a claim against your plan or the people who administer it. There are four questions that help us determine when ERISA applies:

-Who pays the premiums? If the employer pays all or some of the premium, it's likely covered by ERISA.
-Who is the contact for the plan? If your contact person is the "plan administrator," this is probably ERISA-covered.
-For whom do you work? Private companies are probably covered by ERISA, but government entities and religious institutions generally are not covered.
-What kind of insurance is involved? If the insurance is offered by the employer it's likely covered by ERISA but other kinds of insurance you arrange to buy on your own are not covered.

Alan Sandals

Practice Areas
ERISA; Pension Plans; Employee Benefits Plans; Retirement Benefit Plans; Fair Labor Standards; Consumer Protection; Complex and Multi-district Litigation; Class Actions; Antitrust

Admitted: 1980, District of Columbia; 1982, Pennsylvania

Law School: University of Pennsylvania, J.D.

Member: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations.

Biography:
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2005-2011; Panelist and Lecturer: ERISA Litigation, Federal Judicial Center, 1998 and 2002; American Bar Association, 1999-2002; Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1999, 2002-2003; LEXIS/NEXIS, 2002-2003.


Birthplace: Manchester, Connecticut

Cases:
In re Unisys Corp. Retiree Medical Benefits ERISA Litigation, 579 F.3d 220 (3d Cir. 2010), 242 F.3d 497 (3d Cir. 2001), and 57 F.3d 1255 and 58 F.3d 896 (3d Cir. 1995); Stagi v. National R.R. Passenger Corp., 391 Fed. Appx. 133, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 17261 (3d Cir. 2010); Harley v. Minnesota Min. and Mfg. Co., 284 F.3d 901 (8th Cir. 2002), and 42 F.Supp.2d 898 (D. Minn. 1999); Holmes v. Pension Plan of Bethlehem Steel Corp., 213 F.3d 124 (3d Cir. 2000); In re Masters, Mates & Pilots Pension Plan Litigation, 957 F.2d 1020 (2d Cir. 1992); Zebrowski v. Evonik Degussa Corp. Admin Committee, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18596 (E.D. Pa. 2011); Fulghum v. Embarq Corp., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1120 (D. Kan. 2011), and 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80930 (D. Kan. 2009); Raetsch v. Lucent Techs., Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46148 (D.N.J. 2008); Adair v. Unisys Corp. (In re Unisys Corp. Retiree Med. Benefits ERISA Litig.), 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 51906 (E.D. Pa. 2007), and 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72026 (E.D. Pa. 2006); Saxton v. Central Pennsylvania Teamsters Pension Trust Fund, 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23983 (E.D. Pa. 2003); Godshall v. The Franklin Mint Company, 285 F.Supp.2d 628 (E.D. Pa. 2003); Bell v. Executive Committee of United Food & Commercial Workers Pension Plan for Employees, 191 F.Supp.2d 10 (D.D.C. 2002); McHenry v. Bell Atlantic Corp., 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7182 (E.D. Pa. 1999), and 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12733 (E.D. Pa. 1998); Local 56, United Food & Commercial Workers Union v. Campell Soup Co., (In re Campbell Soup Company Retiree Medical Benefits ERISA Litigation), 954 F.Supp. 1000 (D.N.J. 1997), and 898 F.Supp. 1118 (D.N.J. 1995).
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Juris Doctorate

Scott M. Lempert

Practice Areas
ERISA; Pension Plans; Employee Benefit Plans; Retirement Benefit Plans; Employment Discrimination; Fair Labor Standards; Consumer Protection; Complex and Multi-District Litigation; Class Actions; Antitrust

Admitted: 1995, Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Law School: University of Pennsylvania, J.D.

Member: Philadelphia and American Bar Associations.

Biography:
Phi Beta Kappa. 2006-2007 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition.

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1966
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Juris Doctorate
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