Kathy Lange has been representing plan fiduciaries and administrators in litigation involving employee benefit claims for more than 20 years. This niche involves navigating the procedural and substantive nuances of ERISA, customarily in federal court. Kathy's clients rely on her to adapt with agility to the ever-changing law developed in these courts, and provide sophisticated analysis and practical advice necessary to negotiate the specialized review standards and procedural labyrinth dictated by ERISA's statutes and regulations. In addition, Kathy’s advice to her clients reflects her understanding of their role as fiduciaries.

Kathy is part of a team of litigators who have represented these clients for many years, often insurance companies in their role of providing group insurance coverage to employers establishing benefits for their employees. Litigation arises not only in the pension benefit arena, but also with respect to benefits such as life insurance, disability, accidental death, and health. Additionally, when statutory compliance, fiduciary duty issues, and interpleader situations arise for these clients, they turn to Womble's team, with their responsiveness and collective knowledge, to meet their needs.

Publications
  • ERISA Does Not Preempt State Court Order Requiring Beneficiary to Renounce Right to Employee’s Plan Benefits, Fourth Circuit Rules, Southeastern ERISA Watch: Recent Decisions in the 4th and 11th Circuits, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice Client Alert, March 19, 2013.
  • The Fourth Circuit Opens the Door to Extrinsic Evidence in Considering a Claim for Employee Benefits, Southeastern ERISA Watch: Recent Decisions in the 4th and 11th Circuits, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice Client Alert, March 12, 2013.
  • Court in 11th Circuit Clarifies When a Remand to the Plan Fiduciary is Appropriate, Southeastern ERISA Watch: Recent Decisions in the 4th and 11th Circuits, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice Client Alert, November 2, 2012.
  • District Courts in the Fourth Circuit Run Full Speed Ahead with Equitable Estoppel Claims, Southeastern ERISA Watch: Recent Decisions in the 4th and 11th Circuits, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice Client Alert, October 12, 2012.
  • Fourth Circuit Takes Expansive View of Equitable Relief for Plan Participant, Southeastern ERISA Watch: Recent Decisions in the 4th and 11th Circuits, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice Client Alert, July 9, 2012.
  • Eleventh Circuit Determines Standard of Prudence for ESOP Fiduciaries in “Stock-Drop” Case, Southeastern ERISA Watch:  Recent Decisions in the 4th and 11th Circuits, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice Client Alert, June 28, 2012.
  • Fourth Circuit Tweaks Statute of Limitations Rules for ERISA Benefit Claims, Southeastern ERISA Watch:  Recent Decisions in the 4th and 11th Circuits, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice Client Alert, June 7, 2012.
  • Courts in the Fourth Circuit Continue Trend:  Death from Driving While Intoxicated Is Not an Accident, Southeastern ERISA Watch:  Recent Decisions in the 4th and 11th Circuits,” Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice Client Alert, May 29, 2012.
Honors and Awards

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    Bar admissions

    1991, North Carolina

    2013, South Carolina

    Admitted to practice before:

    • All North Carolina and South Carolina State Courts
    • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
    • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • United States Supreme Court

    Education

    • J.D., 1991, Wake Forest University School of Law
      • magna cum laude
      • Wake Forest Law Review
    • B.S., 1986, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Business Administration
      • Phi Beta Kappa

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