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Frank Cummings

Lecturer
LL.B., Columbia University Law School , 1958
M.A., Philosophy, Columbia University, 1955

Frank Cummings is a Washington, D.C., lawyer, law professor and occasional expert witness. He has been a specialist in pensions, employee benefits, and employment and labor law for more than 45 years. Cummings is a graduate of Columbia University Law School, where he was articles editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He also earned a master's degree in philosophy from Columbia University. He is a member of the District of Columbia and New York bars.

He practiced law for many years at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae, where he worked as the head of the benefits practice group. He also worked as the head of several other firms in New York and Washington. Previously he served as minority counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and was administrative assistant/chief of staff to U.S. Senator Jacob K. Javits during the development of ERISA. He designed and drafted the original Javits pension reform bill in 1967. The bill was the first of Senator Javits' proposals that eventually became ERISA.

Cummings has testified regarding ERISA before a number of entities, including the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the U.S. House Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities, the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee and the Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations of the Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities.

Cummings is a life member of the American Law Institute, and a member of its panel of advisers on the new Restatement of Employment Law. He is a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, and a former member of the U.S. Department of Labor's Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans.

Cummings is the author of numerous publications in the employee benefits field, including a BNA Tax Management Portfolio, "Pension Plan Terminations—Single Employer Plans" (TM357-4th-2002) (4th Ed. 2007). He is a frequent lecturer for the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education. He spent many years as chairman of the ALI-ABA Annual Course in Employee Benefits Litigation, and co-chairman of the ALI-ABA Annual Course in Employment and Labor Law.


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