Morgan Lewis

Charles C. Jackson

77 West Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601-5094
United States
Phone: +1.312.324.1156
Fax: +1.312.324.1001

Charles C. Jackson is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. Mr. Jackson is co-chair of the LEPG's Employee Benefits Litigation Practice.

Mr. Jackson concentrates his practice on class action and complex employee benefits litigation. He represents plan sponsors, employers, service providers, and insurers in ERISA litigation and church plans in complex non-ERISA benefits litigation. Mr. Jackson has 37 years of trial experience, having tried numerous jury and other cases, including class actions, to verdict. He has handled dozens of cases before federal and state appellate courts and has served as counsel in significant labor, employment, and ERISA cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Jackson has served as lead counsel in numerous precedent-setting ERISA cases including Hecker v. Deere (rejecting claims that excessive fees were charged participants on retirement plan investments);  DiFelice v. US Airways (defense trial verdict in class action challenge to employer stock investments); Brieger v. Tellabs (same); Quan v. Computer Sciences Corporation (Ninth Circuit adopts Moench presumption of prudence when rejecting on summary judgment class  employer stock claims); Brubaker v. Deere (defense verdict in ERISA retiree medical benefits class action trial); and Johnson v. Board of Pensions of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (refusing to certify as class action claims that Board improperly reduced annuity benefit payments in light of adverse market conditions).

Mr. Jackson is a member of the board of directors of Cabrini Green Legal Aid, which provides legal services to Chicago's poorest citizens. He has served CGLA in various capacities throughout his legal career. He has had a variety of significant pro bono representations, including a lawsuit on behalf of CGLA clients seeking to force former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich to rule on clemency petitions reviewed by the Prisoner Review Board as required by Illinois law.

Mr. Jackson is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits.

Mr. Jackson is ranked in the top tier nationally for ERISA litigation in Chambers USA 2014. He is also recognized as an ERISA litigation "Leading Lawyer" in the 2014 Legal 500. He is also recognized as one of the nation's most powerful employee benefits and ERISA attorneys by Human Resource Executive for 2014.

Mr. Jackson is a fellow of The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.

practice accolades

Labor & Employment

The American Lawyer Magazine's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012

Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA 2014

Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2014)

Named Employment Practice Group of the Year by Law360 (2014)

Named a top 5 firm for employment in BTI's Litigation Outlook 2014 report

Ranked, National Tier 1: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012) 

Ranked #1 for "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2012 Associate Survey

ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation

Listed in the highest tier for National ERISA Litigation Practice in Chambers USA 2014

Ranked in Tier 1 for ERISA Litigation by The Legal 500 United States (2014)

Class Actions

Named a Class Actions and Mass Torts 'Powerhouse' in BTI's Litigation Outlook 2014 report

Class Action Practice Group of the Year – Law360 (2013 and 2014)

honors + affiliations

Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Member of the American Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association; ABA Committee on Labor and Employment Law, Employee Benefits Section; Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Ranked Band 1 for Labor & Employment – Illinois and ERISA Litigation – Nationwide in Chambers USA 2014

Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2005–2014)

Listed by the The Legal 500 as a leading attorney in ERISA Litigation (2012–2014)

Selected for inclusion in the BTI Client Service All-Star Teams for 2010 and 2014 following client nomination

Listed, Human Resource Executive, Most Powerful Employee Benefits Attorneys (2012–2014)

Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2006–2015)

Winner, The National Law Journal’s Chicago Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2014)


Northwestern University School of Law, 1977, J.D., Cum Laude
Bethel College, 1974, B.A., With Highest Honors