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The principal at the Gottesdiener Law Firm, Eli Gottesdiener prosecutes class action suits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Since starting his own firm in 2000, Mr. Gottesdiener has successfully sued companies such as AT&T, the New York Life Insurance Company, Enron, Wisconsin Energy Corporation, and others to recover losses from employee benefit plan underpayments. Mr. Gottesdiener currently has ERISA class action suits pending in federal courts around the country against such companies as Foot Locker, Bank of America, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Colgate-Palmolive. Eli Gottesdiener and the Gottesdiener Law Firm have offices in both New York and Washington, D.C. A native of New London, Connecticut, Mr. Gottesdiener moved to Washington, D.C., during his college years, when he transferred from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where he was a Dana Scholar, to American University’s School of International Service, where he received a Presidential Scholarship and graduated with a B.A. in 1983. After spending a year and a half abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he earned a Master’s degree equivalent, Mr. Gottesdiener returned to Washington, D.C., to attend law school at Georgetown University where he was an Associate Editor of The Georgetown Law Journal and from which he graduated cum laude in 1987. After earning his J.D., Eli Gottesdiener remained in Washington, D.C., for the next 13 years, working for seven years as a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia and the balance of that time for three different private law firms -- Patton Boggs; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; and Sprenger & Lang.


Jun 1984Mar 1987


Georgetown University Law Center

Bachelor of Arts

American University, School of International Service

Presidential Scholarship

Work experience

Jan 2000Present


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