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John J. Westerhaus


John advises plan sponsors and fiduciaries regarding the design, implementation, administration and operation of employee benefit plans to minimize client risk and maximize client value. This includes developing a range of practical solutions to complex compliance problems and translating the associated legal issues into discrete decision points. John works with welfare and retirement plans in a variety of industries, with particular emphasis on advising Taft-Hartley (multiemployer) and governmental plans. This practice includes resolving benefit determination and appeal issues, drafting plan documents, policies and amendments, reviewing and negotiating service provider and investment agreements, and presenting or training on fiduciary and compliance topics. John represents employee benefit plans in litigation or other adversarial proceedings, both as plaintiffs and as defendants.