About Jeff Zimon

Jeff Zimon, founder, has more than 20 years of experience advising clients on all aspects of employee benefits, and benefits disputes and litigation. Jeff combines deep technical skill, a consultative approach and direct litigation and dispute background to guide his clients to achieve success. Jeff was a partner and Chair of the Employee Benefits and ERISA Litigation Group at a large regional 180 lawyer law firm, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Jeff has represented businesses including Fortune 500 companies, such as Eaton Corporation, The Timken Company and many others, in a diverse range of industries. Zimon LLC brings to its clients all of the capability and resources of a large sophisticated law firm practice in this area. Jeff is a frequent speaker at national and regional forums on various matters related to ERISA and employee benefits. He is honored to be recognized in Martindale-Hubbell (AV Rating), Chambers and Partners, and Jeff was recently recognized as a Top 100 Ohio SuperLawyer. These recognitions serve to verify what his clients have come to understand about Jeff’s background, experience and his capabilities in this area of practice. Clients also quickly have access to Jeff’s substantial resources in the financial services, benefits administration and consulting and insurance industries.

AV Rated Martindale‐Hubbard
Peer Review

Listed, Chambers USA 2010‐2016
Leading Lawyers, Employee Benefits And Executive Compensation

Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers 2012-15
Top 100 Super Lawyer, Ohio 2016
Top 50 Super Lawyer, Cleveland 2016


  • Case Western Reserve University
    Law School, 1992, J.D.
  • 1991 Winner, Dunmore Moot Court
  • Brandeis University, 1985, A.B.


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Leadership Circle, and Member of Human Resource Committee, United Way of Greater Cleveland
  • Board of Trustees, Prayers for Maria Foundation

Relevant Practice Areas and Expertise

  • ERISA Fiduciary Responsibility and Liability
  • All Aspects of Plan Documentation and Reporting and Disclosure, Including Retirement and Welfare Benefit Plans
  • Collectively Bargained and Multiemployer Benefit Plans, Terms
  • Negotiations and Withdrawals, Arbitration and Litigation
  • Claims and Appeals Procedures; Claim Litigation
  • Third Party Services and Investment Advisor Counsel
  • Governmental and Agency Audits, Investigations and Inquiries
  • ACA Compliance, Plan Funding & Design, Church Plans
  • Mergers and Acquisitions – Employee Benefits
  • Executive Compensation and Supplementary Retirement Plans
  • HIPAA Compliance, Business Associate Agreements
  • ERISA Dispute Representation, Litigation and Management
  • Fiduciary Breach Claims and Litigation
  • ERISA Pre-emption, Church Plans
  • Employee Benefit Tax Matters, Voluntary Corrections
  • Benefit and Compensation Structures and Analytics

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Speaking Engagements

  • Worldwide Employee Benefits Network (“WEB”)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Conference Institute – ERISA Litigation
  • Lorman Educational Services
  • Strafford Publications