Pascale Ernst

Of Counsel || Paris

Pascale Ernst is a lawyer specializing in the field of social security, employee benefits, and pension law. She has a double legal education in France and the United States.

She joined Ogletree Deakins’ Paris office in November 2021 to assist both public and private companies in the areas of Benefits and Pensions, Social Security, Differed Compensation and International Mobility.

Pascale advises and represents companies and their management, professional sectors and institutional bodies, both in litigation and in counseling.

She advises her clients on all legal aspects related to their social security schemes, company plans (pension plans, retirement savings, unemployment insurance and supplementary pension schemes), and end-of-career situations (early retirement, unemployment and business creation, combined employment and retirement for managers and corporate officers). With a 25-year career in international social matters, she also advises on her clients on international assignments with a focus on benefits and pensions (social security secondment, expatriation and coverage issues) and issues arising upon the executive return to France (reconstitution of careers and rights, resumption of affiliations, transfer of benefits and consolidation of rights).

She is a member of the International Pensions and Benefits Lawyers Association (IPEBLA), of the Retirement and Pension Commission of AvoSial (association of Employment Law Attorneys), and of the Stade Français. She lectures in various Masters’ Degrees (CIFFOP HR University, University of Paris Dauphine and regularly conducts training sessions for Argus de l’assurance).

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Pascale began her career at Price Waterhouse Legal and Tax (now PWC Société d’avocats) and then became head of the legal department at Mercer, an international compensation, benefits and insurance consulting firm. In 2007, she joined the law firm Fidal and became Partner Director of the Retirement and Pension Department until 2014 before founding her own firm, Per Avocat, in 2015.

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Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • AvoSial, association of employment lawyers, committee on pensions and benefits
  • IPEBLA (international pensions and benefits lawyers association) since 2007
  • Teaching at CIFFOP (Paris II, Master 2 in Management of Social Relations and Human Resources) since 2019 and at PSL Dauphine (Master 2 in Professional Wealth Law and DU in International Wealth Management) starting in 2021
  • Conducting training in corporate social protection law and retirement savings for Argus de l’Assurance since 2017