(818) 973-3200 801 N. Brand Blvd  /  Suite 950  /  Glendale, CA 91203

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Richard Luna

Senior Counsel

(818) 973-3214

Richard Luna joined the firm as Senior Counsel in 2021. His practice focuses on employee benefits counsel and litigation in the private and public sectors. He advises employee benefit plans, their boards, and other fiduciaries on best practices, obligations, and compliance with respect to pension, health, apprenticeship, and other types of benefit plans and their administration. Also, he has experience in the legal implications of transactions involving employee benefit plans, plan assets and investments, fiduciary duties, coverage questions, governance, and compliance with the various laws and regulations affecting them, including ERISA Titles I, II and IV, the Affordable Care Act, and the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, he has experience with the Department of Labor’s VFCP and Office of Exemption Determinations, and the IRS’s EPCRS.

Mr. Luna brings to the firm knowledge and experience he gained from his time at two federal agencies and previous private practice. Before Mr. Luna joined the firm, he was a supervisory investigator at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, where he supervised and conducted investigations of employee benefit plans and related entities of various types and sizes, including cases involving prohibited transactions, terminated vested participants, ESOP valuation issues, and breaches by independent fiduciaries. Before that, Mr. Luna was an attorney at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in Washington, D.C., in its single employer program, where he litigated and provided counsel on novel issues under the agency’s statute, in large and small bankruptcy liquidations and reorganizations, and in other insolvency proceedings. He also provided counsel and litigation in its multiemployer plan program, where he provided counsel and assisted in the agency’s litigation, including an issue of first impression (Quality Auto. Servs., LLC v. Pension Benefit Guar. Corp., D.D.C. (1:12-cv-01503-ESH, 8/15/13) (upholding the PBGC’s denial of the trucking industry exception to withdrawal liability)). Outside of government, he litigated the case that established the precedent in the District of Columbia that being a member or manager of a limited liability company does not shield an individual from liability for his own torts (Luna v. A.E. Engineering Services, et al., 938 A.2d 744 (D.C., 2007)).

Mr. Luna is a member of the American Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section. He speaks fluent Spanish, which he puts to use by volunteering for a non-profit employment rights project in Los Angeles.

Practice Areas

  • ERISA
  • Bankruptcy
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California Bar, 2021 (Provisional)
  • Maryland, 2005
  • District of Columbia, 2006

Education

  • J.D., Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, 2005
  • B.A., St. John’s College (Annapolis), 1996