Jerry Schlichter, once dubbed 'the Lone Ranger of 401(k) plans' by the New York Times, has had his share of favorable media coverage.

But his highest praise may be from a handful of federal judges that presided over the claims his firm brought against fiduciaries of some of the country's largest retirement plans.

More than one judge described Schlichter's efforts as tireless. Another claimed him to be an advocate of the "highest caliber." One said he assumed "breathtaking" risk litigating complex ERISA cases against some of the country's most powerful corporations.

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Nick Thornton

Nick Thornton is a financial writer covering retirement and health care issues for BenefitsPRO and ALM Media. He greatly enjoys learning from the vast minds in the legal, academic, advisory and money management communities when covering the retirement space. He's also written on international marketing trends, financial institution risk management, defense and energy issues, the restaurant industry in New York City, surfing, cigars, rum, travel, and fishing. When not writing, he's pushing into some land or water.