Aaron E. Pohlmann

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Aaron Pohlmann's areas of practice include ERISA, employee benefits, employment, and life, health, and disability insurance litigation.  Since completing a federal judicial clerkship, Mr. Pohlmann has represented employers, ERISA plan fiduciaries, third-party administrators, insurers, and managed healthcare entities in a wide variety of litigation.  Mr. Pohlmann has extensive experience in Georgia federal and state courts, and has handled matters in Tennessee and South Carolina courts. 

Mr. Pohlmann holds several leadership positions in the American Bar Association.  He is the immediate past Chair of the ABA TIPS Life Insurance Law Committee, is a Vice Chair of the ABA TIPS Employee Benefits Committee, and is Editor-in-Chief of the ABA TIPS TortSource periodical.  Mr. Pohlmann is a past Vice Chair of the ABA TIPS Health and Disability Committee, and the former website editor for the ABA TIPS Life Insurance Law Committee.  Mr. Pohlmann was a 2008 graduate of the ABA TIPS Leadership Academy.

Mr. Pohlmann is a four-time contributing author to ERISA Survey of Federal Circuits (American Bar Association, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012), and has written numerous articles on ERISA and Life, Health, and Disability litigation in various publications of the ABA and the Defense Research Institute.  Mr. Pohlmann has organized and moderated ABA continuing legal education seminars in the areas of HIPAA compliance and health insurance litigation, and was the program chair for the 37th Annual TIPS Midwinter Symposium on Life, Health, and Disability Insurance, Insurance Regulation, Employee Benefits, and Reinsurance.


Education

  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1995

Admissions

  • United States District Court, Southern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia, 2001

Achievements

  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV")  Peer Review Rating *
  • Selected by Law & Politics Magazine for inclusion in Georgia's Super Lawyers-Rising Stars Edition, Employee Benefits/ERISA, 2010, 2011

 * CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section
    • Life Insurance Law Committee, immediate past Chair
    • Employee Benefits Committee, Vice Chair 
    • TortSource Editorial Board, Editor-in-Chief
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (Life, Health and Disability Committee)
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Experience

  • Clerkships
    • Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Tom Stagg, Western District of Louisiana, 2000-2001
    • Extern to Justice Norman Fletcher, Supreme Court of Georgia, 1999
    • Extern to U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne, Western District of Louisiana, 1998
    • Assisted in editing and updating articles, Labor Relations & Public Policy Series, Wharton Industrial Research Unit, University of Pennsylvania

Publications

  • "ERISA Section 502(a)(3) Equitable Defenses and 'Appropriate Equitable Relief," DRI's For the Defense, October, 2012
  • Contributing author, ERISA Survey of Federal Circuits, 1st, 2nd and 3rd and 4th editions (American Bar Association, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012)
  • Contributing author, Misrepresentation in the Life, Health, and Disability Insurance Application Process:  A National Survey (American Bar Association, 2009)
  • "Circuit Split Endures over Exhaustion of Remedies for Fiduciary Duty Claims," DRI's Life, Health and Disability News, Fall 2008
  • "Discovery And The Analytical Foundations Of ERISA Cases Subject To "Heightened" Arbitrary And Capricious Judicial Review ," The ABA's Health and Disability Insurance Law Committee Newsletter, Summer 2007
  • "Non-fiduciary's ERISA Benefits Determination Entitled to Deferential Judicial Review," DRI's The Voice, December 20, 2006