Seasoned attorney is establishing complex employee benefits litigation as a subspecialty of employment law
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been included on Crain’s Detroit Business list of Notable Leaders in Employment and Labor Law. Honorees were selected based on their career accomplishments, track record of success and contributions to their profession and the community. Conway’s profile feature is included in the October 16 issue of Crain’s Detroit Business.
Conway is a nationally recognized trial attorney advocating for employees facing benefit disputes involving disability and health Insurance and ERISA-protected pensions and 401 (k) accounts. In tandem with helping clients recover $70M+ in benefits and winning landmark class-action lawsuits in favor of families and retirees, Conway is establishing employee benefits litigation as a complex subspecialty of employment law. He is currently serving as co-lead counsel in multiple class actions throughout the U.S. involving the wrongful denial of employee healthcare and pension benefits.
Within his employee benefits practice, Conway is highly regarded for securing healthcare benefits for children. He served with a team of attorneys to secure millions in funding for Michigan Medicaid families to receive essential treatment for children with autism, as well as working to ensure coverage access for military retirees and their families facing similar challenges.
Serving as co-lead counsel, Conway secured major structural and governance reforms to the Detroit General Retirement and Police and Fire Pension Systems, safeguarding retirement funds for nearly 30,000 retirees and securing a multi-million-dollar penalty for the Trustees’ malfeasance.
A prolific writer on employee benefits, Conway authored: “Hitting You When You Least Expect It: A Basic Guide to ERISA for Non-ERISA Lawyers” and has written on law practice management for ICLE’s Michigan Basic Practice Handbook. His insights on employee benefits and ERISA law are frequently sought by national and local media outlets including Law 360, Next Avenue/PBS, ALM/Benefits Pro, and WWJ News Radio 950. He writes the monthly ‘Conway on Benefits’ column in the Detroit Legal News–providing him a forum to explore interesting topics and trends encountered through his law practice.
In addition to Crain’s Detroit Business recognition, Conway has received numerous career accolades in recent years. He is a multi-year Michigan Super Lawyer in employee benefits and has also been on the Leading Lawyers list several times. In 2021, he was named a Leader in the Law by the legal trade publication, Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He is a long-term community advocate and has been awarded the Thomas P. Moore Leadership in Philanthropy Award from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice Award. He has been a volunteer and served on boards for educational institutions within the City of Detroit and has supported students through regular scholarship funding.
About J.J. Conway Law
J.J. Conway Law, an employee benefits litigation and ERISA firm founded by John Joseph (J.J.) Conway in 1999, represents those seeking full access to the employee benefits they earned and are legally entitled to. The firm has been involved with nationally significant employee benefit, disability and pension cases, including class action lawsuits for such landmark decisions as requiring Michigan private insurers to cover autism health treatments for children through age 18 and protecting the pension rights of City of Detroit employees, police and firefighters as well as Wayne County employees by holding their trustees accountable for investment decisions. The firm’s motto, Conquer Tomorrow®, is dedicated to making the future easier for their clients across the United States. Learn more on the firm’s website.