Paul Secunda

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Paul M. Secunda


Paul is a former labor and employment law professor for 18 years with two different law schools, specializing in the law of ERISA and employee benefits law.  Attorney Secunda is a graduate of Harvard College and the Georgetown University Law Center.

Attorney Secunda’s legal career has been devoted to litigating, teaching, and writing about workplace law issues and handling all aspects of the employment relationship - from reviewing employee handbooks and summary plan descriptions (SPD) to litigating complex class actions and submitting amicus or friend of the court briefs to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court. Attorney Secunda is also a frequent speaker on employee benefits, labor, employment, and education law topics and issues.

Having published seven authoritative books and over 70 law review articles on employee benefits law, labor law, and employment discrimination law, Attorney Secunda is known nationally and internationally for his high level of expertise and skills, and has served as an expert, consultant, arbitrator, and mediator in these areas of the law. He has also been the chair of the U.S. Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council and was selected as a Senior Fulbright Scholar to study comparatively the Australian pension system. Attorney Secunda’s overreaching goal is to guarantee that all employees are treated fairly in the workplace with regard to their benefits and to assure workplace justice in general.


  • JD – Georgetown University Law School (magna cum laude)
  • AB – Harvard College (cum laude)


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • State Bar of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Supreme Court

Honors & Recognition

Elected Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (elected for over 20 years of distinguished service in employee benefits law)

  • Elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Elected Fellow of the American Law Institute (distinguished legal group publishing the Restatements of Law)
  • Former Chairman of the ERISA Advisory Council (providing expert reports on employee benefits law to the U.S. Department of Labor)
  • Super Lawyers – 2021, 2022