Adam B. Cohen: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Adam B. Cohen

Adam B. Cohen
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Business Development Companies
  • Tax
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0167
Fax: 202-637-3593
University University of Virginia, B.A. Phi Beta Kappa
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., cum laude
Admitted1996, Maryland; 1997, District of Columbia

Professional Activities
Chair, Executive Compensation Subcommittee, Tax Section, American Bar Association
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

BornPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, February 7, 1971

Adam Cohen develops practical solutions to the complex issues of employee compensation, benefits, retirement and pensions. He has more than 20 years of experience representing public companies, closely held businesses and tax-exempt organizations.

A member of Sutherland's Tax Practice Group, Adam provided advice on employee benefits and equity compensation for the largest corporate spin-off in business history and has advised on international and billion-dollar mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. His extensive experience includes the design and implementation of tax-qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and 409A compliance, executive compensation arrangements, executive employment and separation agreements, fringe benefits and compensation clawbacks.

Additionally, Adam is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he currently teaches “Retirement Plan Qualification Requirements.”

Selected Experience

Sutherland advises British Nuclear Fuels in $5.4 billion auction.

Sutherland counsels clients on unusual structures and other issues in qualified plans.

Sutherland advises a global reinsurer on the redesign of its equity compensation program.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation (2011-2012, 2014-2015)

Named a Nolan fellow by the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, recognizing outstanding service

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of tax: employee benefits and executive compensation (2011, 2015)

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Labor Department Provides Guidance on ERISA Coverage of State-Run Retirement Programs for Private Sector Employers
Brenna M. Clark,Adam B. Cohen,Carol T. McClarnon,W. Mark Smith,Allison E. Wielobob, November 24, 2015
In recent years, a number of states have explored the idea of establishing state-run retirement plans for private sector employees who do not have access to employer-sponsored retirement plans. The preemption concerns under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA),...

DOL and Treasury Update 2015-2016 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits
Brenna M. Clark,Adam B. Cohen,Brittany Edwards-Franklin,Andrea M. Gehman,W. Mark Smith, September 9, 2015
The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months.

It's Curtains for Some Lump-Sum Window Programs
Bert Adams,Brian Barrett,Brenna M. Clark,Adam B. Cohen,Brittany Edwards-Franklin, July 16, 2015
On July 9, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2015-49 to announce it intends to prohibit retirees who are receiving annuity payments from a defined benefit pension plan from electing a lump sum in lieu of the annuity. The IRS will prohibit these elections by amending the Treasury...

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Adam B. Cohen

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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