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Warren von Schleicher

Warren von Schleicher headshot Warren is an inventive strategist and inspired writer who brings clarity to complex problems, then persuades with a turn of phrase. Warren writes on ERISA, social welfare reform, and insurance coverage, focusing on legal theory and philosophy.

Before founding the Firm's national practice, Warren was General Counsel of a major consumer products company, an attorney with Mayer Brown, and an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Warren is the Firm's Managing Partner. Email
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Panel Speaker - "Diversity Equity & Inclusion Best Practices"
The Hartford (Hartford, Connecticut Oct. 6, 2022)

Faculty Lecturer - "Preemption & ERISA Plan Design" American Conference Institute (New York City Jan 23, 2014)

Testified before Dept. of Labor's ERISA Advisory Council, "Managing Disability Risks" (Washington DC Aug. 28, 2012)

"Wearing Out One's Welcome: Sitting by Designation on the Court of Appeals" (DRI Newsletter, Vol. 22 No. 1, 2011)

"Villains, Victims & Sinners: Morality and the Law of Suicide Exclusions" (DRI Newsletter, Vol. 20 No. 4, 2010)

"The Court Gave, and the Court Hath Taken Away - Judicial Displacement of Administrative Discretion" (DRI, Oct. 2009)

Faculty Panelist with Hon. Rebecca Pallmeyer and Mark DeBofsky, "ERISA and Mental Illness" (Chicago Oct. 2009)

"Moral Judicial Estoppel" (The Voice, Vol. 7, Oct. 2008)

Faculty Lecturer - DRI, "Equitable Relief under ERISA" (San Francisco April 2008)

"Injury, Sickness And Causal Ambiguity" (ABA TortSource, Vol. 10, Spring 2008)

"It's Payback Time: Obtaining Equitable Relief In The Wake of Sereboff" (DRI, March 2008)

"The Causal Conundrum" (The Voice, Vol. 6, Fall 2007)

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J.D. 1987, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI
Editorial Board, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform
B.A 1984, Boston University, Boston, MA
Ancient Language & Literature:
Αττική διάλεκτος and Lingua Latina
Summa Cum Laude with Distinction
Phi Beta Kappa
1983, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Dissertation, Poetics of Contrast: Virgilian Bucolic Imagery in 17th Century Poetry


U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals
Third Circuit
Sixth Circuit
Seventh Circuit
Ninth Circuit
Illinois (N.D. Ill., C.D. Ill., S.D. Ill., Ill. S.Ct.)
Michigan (E.D. Mich., W.D. Mich.)
Tennessee (E.D. Tenn., W.D. Tenn.)
Wisconsin (E.D. Wis., W.D. Wis.)
Indiana (N.D. Ind., S.D. Ind.)
Ohio (N.D. Ohio)
Pro hac vice: California (S.D. Cal.), Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania (E.D. Pa.), Virginia, West Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


United States Navy 1986-2000
Naval Officer, Judge Advocate General's Corps


Defense Research Institute
Publications Editor 2007 - 2012
Annual Meeting Committee Chair 2008 - 2010
ERISA, Life, Health & Disability Committee
Appellate Advocacy Committee


Philosophy of Law & Morality
Legal Realism
Social Welfare Reform


Lyric Opera of Chicago - Silver Grand Benefactor
Taekwondo Blackbelt