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Virginia Lewey

Virginia Lewey


Virginia Lewey focuses her practice on US employee benefits.  She counsels public and private companies on fiduciary obligations under ERISA, and on the design, drafting and operation of qualified retirement plans including 401(k) plans, welfare plans and nonqualified plans, including compliance with ERISA, the ACA and COBRA. 

Frequently Virginia collaborates as benefits counsel on corporate transactions, providing benefits due diligence, drafting representations and covenants and advising on post-transaction employee transition matters.

Areas of FocusEmployment
Bar admissionsIllinois


  • Served as benefits counsel on numerous corporate transactions, including $1 billion acquisition of a US privately held company by a foreign public corporation
  • Collaborating in creating an ERISA primer for an investment adviser 
  • Represented a public company in settling a threatened class action under COBRA
  • Represented an insurance industry company in drafting, revising and negotiating contracts with retirement and welfare plan service providers
  • Collaborated as benefits counsel on a risk assessment for a professional employer organization 
  • Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America
  • B.A., Literature, University of Virginia
    intermediate honors
  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center

Pro Bono

  • Work with the firm’s Eviction Brief Advice Desk in collaboration with the Legal Assistance Foundation to advise tenants facing eviction of their rights and options and negotiate agreements with landlords when possible
  • Draft QDROs to secure pension rights on divorce

Prior Experience

Virginia started her legal career as an ERISA trial lawyer in the Department of Labor’s national office.