Jani K. Rachelson is a Partner at Cohen Weiss and Simon LLP in New York, where her practice focuses on employee benefits law. She represents multiemployer employee benefit plans, as well as plans sponsored by unions for their internal staff. She provides compliance advice to plan clients with respect to a wide variety of laws, including ERISA and the tax code. She also advises them on plan design and administration, withdrawal liability, delinquency collection, benefit claims and fiduciary issues.
Ms. Rachelson has been the lead attorney in several important federal district court and appellate court cases involving fiduciary breach and benefit claims. She also counsels unions in connection with benefit issues and has represented individuals in benefit claims.
She previously served as the Union Co-Chair of the Senior Board of Editors for the American Bar Association/BNA Employee Benefits Law treatise, and as a member of the treatise’s Senior Board of Editors, had principal editorial responsibility for the chapter titled “Issues Unique to Jointly Administered Plans.” Ms. Rachelson is also a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
She was inducted as a Charter Fellow of The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, and served a term on the College’s Board of Governors.
Ms. Rachelson received her A.B., magna cum laude, from Yale University and her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
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