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EBSA News Release: [09/13/2011]
Contact Name: Michael Trupo or Jason Surbey
Phone Number: (202) 693-6588 or x4668
Release Number: 11-1349-NAT

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announces appointment of new member to ERISA Advisory Council

WASINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced the appointment of Mary Ellen Signorille to the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, also known as the ERISA Advisory Council. Signorille was appointed as a representative of the general public and will serve the unexpired portion of the term of Portia Wu, who recently resigned from the council to accept a senior position within the Obama administration.

Signorille is a senior attorney with AARP Foundation Litigation and comes to the council with more than 30 years of experience involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. She has prepared numerous amicus curiae briefs related to employee benefits issues on behalf of AARP and its members in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state courts. She provides substantive and technical guidance to individuals, employers and attorneys on complex issues arising under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.

Signorille recently finished a term as chair of the American Bar Association's Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, and previously served as treasurer and vice president of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. She is currently a senior editor of Employee Benefits Law and was chosen as one of the top benefits lawyers in the country by The National Law Journal. Signorille received a law degree from Catholic University Law School and a Master of Labor Law from Georgetown University Law Center.

She lives in Cabin John, Md.

The 15-member council provides advice on policies and regulations affecting employee benefit plans governed by ERISA. Members serve for staggered three-year terms.