Seyfarth Shaw LLP
James R. Napoli is a partner in the Employee Benefits practice group in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. For nearly 20 years, Mr. Napoli has counseled employers on all aspects of their employee benefit programs, including health care reform implementation and litigation, ERISA litigation. He served as counsel of record for the American Benefits Council in NFIB v. Sebelius, the first challenge to the ACA to reach the Supreme Court of the United States.
His practice also focuses on advising businesses on matters affecting tax-qualified retirement plans executive compensation plans, group health plan issues, and on a variety of high level matters related to employee benefit program design, implementation and administration. He has handled numerous retiree medical issues (pre-litigation and litigated) for employers within the automotive manufacturing, entertainment, steel, hospitality, medical, and transportation industries. He negotiated prohibited transaction exemption 2010-12 with the US Department of Labor on behalf of Chrysler, which was necessary to effectuate the transfer of nearly $10.2 billion in retiree medical liabilities to the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. He has also defends clients in cases and audits brought by the US Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
A frequent writer and speaker on employee benefit matters, he has participated in a series of webinars and lectures on health care reform. Mr. Napoli has appeared on Fox Business, and is often quoted on ACA issues by leading media sources, including; The Wall Street Journal, National Law Journal, Law360, Business Insurance, Corporate Counsel, and Employee Benefit Adviser. He is a member of the Health and Welfare Task Force of the American Benefits Council, the Employee Benefits Committee of the Labor Section of the American Bar Association and the Steering Committee for the Healthcare Reform Center and Policy Institute, among others.