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Education
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Philosophy and Mathematics

Vincent Cheng joined Block & Leviton LLP in January 2017.  He is an associate at the firm and a member of the Employee Benefits Group and Veterans/Servicemember Rights Group.

Since graduating from law school, Mr. Cheng has focused his work on advocating for the employment and employee benefits rights of employees and retirees and of veterans.  Prior to joining Block & Leviton in January 2017, he was actively involved in a variety of class action lawsuits brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) involving breach of fiduciary duty and benefit denial claims, as well as cases brought under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) involving veterans rights and benefits.

Notable ERISA Cases »
  • Simpson v. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (N.D. Cal.)
    • Represented a class of employees alleging that FFIC terminated them to prevent them from continuing to receive medical benefits; settlement provided for restoration of their right to benefits for a period of years and reimbursement of past medical expenses.
  • Aguilar v. Melkonian Enterprises, Inc. (E.D. Cal.)
    • Represented a class of participants in two pension plans alleging that the fiduciaries failed to prudently invest the plan assets; settlement provided for recovery of more than 85% of the losses to the plans.
Notable Veterans/USERRA Cases »
  • Bush v. Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston (N.D. Cal.)
    • Alleged that Liberty Life improperly reduced long-term disability benefits by the amount of benefits received by veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs; Liberty Life agreed to return significant portions of reduced benefits and not to reduce future benefits absent state approval.
  • Allman v. American Airlines, Inc. Pilot Retirement Benefit Program Variable Income Plan (D. Mass.)
    • Alleged under both ERISA and USERRA (the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act) deficient pension contributions by American Airlines for a class of pilots who took military leave.
Other Notable Cases »
  • Wynne v. McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, Inc. (N.D. Cal.)
    • Alleged race discrimination in hiring and job assignments in violation of Title VII; consent decree obtained provided for significant injunctive relief to promote equal employment opportunity in defendants’ employment practices.
Publications »
  • Author, “National Railroad Passenger Corporation v. Morgan: A Problematic Formulation of the Continuing Violation Theory,” California Law Review (October 2003).
Admissions »
  • California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Central District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Northern District of Illinois
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