Daniel Q. Leake II is an associate in the Charlotte, North Carolina, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on the defense of complex ERISA class actions and employment litigation in federal and state courts.

Daniel maintains an active ERISA litigation docket defending class action breach of fiduciary matters. He is litigating ERISA 401(k) and 403(b) Plan excessive fee class actions, participating in motion to dismiss practice, class certification issues, expert witness work, and discovery issues.

Daniel also represents employers in a broad spectrum of employment law matters, including discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, as well as preventive advice and counseling.

During law school, Daniel served as an extern for the Honorable Stephani W. Humrickhouse in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He also clerked for the North Carolina Department of Justice in the Higher Education section. Before joining the Charlotte Jackson Lewis office full time, Daniel served as a summer associate in 2019 in the Raleigh, North Carolina Jackson Lewis office. While at UNC Chapel Hill, Daniel double majored in Public Policy and Political Science. When he’s not in the office, Daniel enjoys running and rooting for UNC football and basketball.

Since the Supreme Court’s January ruling in Hughes v. Northwestern University, circuit courts throughout the country have issued varying rulings regarding 401(k) fee litigation cases. These include the Ninth Circuit in Trader Joe’s Co. and Salesforce.com, Inc., and the Sixth Circuit in CommonSpirit Health, Inc. and TriHealth, Inc.  Most recently, the Seventh Circuit