Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
We advise U.S. employers and plan sponsors of all sizes, ranging from small, privately-held corporations to large, publicly-traded companies operating internationally, in addition to state and local government employers and Taft-Hartley trust funds, in the full range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters.
We provide proactive, practical advice to clients in a format that is easy to understand and free of unnecessary legal jargon.
We work with benefit plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and plans outside ERISA’s purview, such as governmental and non‑electing church plans. We provide advice on federal, state and international benefit matters, assist clients with ERISA and tax law issues, draft plan documents and amendments, and offer ongoing assistance with fiduciary matters and the day-to-day aspects of compliance and plan administration.
Much of our counseling is focused on helping clients avoid costly litigation and enforcement actions. When disputes cannot be avoided, we represent clients in a wide variety of ERISA and non-ERISA litigation as well as in governmental audits and administrative proceedings, including those involving the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
We help clients articulate their goals and help them reach those goals in the most efficient and effective manner.
In every engagement, we incorporate our client’s perspective and philosophy and engage in early discussions about “big picture” issues and the client’s general approach to benefits and specific objectives. Only then do we offer options, recommendations and guidance.