Alan H. Kandel: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Alan H. Kandel

St. Louis,  MO  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Food & Agribusiness
  • Labor & Management Relations
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Contact InfoTelephone: 314.345.6463
Fax: 314.480.1505
University Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., universali cum honore, 1983; Order of the Woolsack
Law SchoolSaint Louis University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1986; St. Louis University Law Journal, Editor
Admitted1986, Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships
•Employee Benefits Association of St. Louis
•The Missouri Bar


Alan is a member of Husch Blackwell's Food & Agribusiness team, which is dedicated to customized service for clients throughout the food production and distribution chain. He works with top agribusiness industry clients throughout the Midwest. In addition, he knows the food business on a personal level because his spouse was co-owner of a catering company for nearly a decade. His industry successes have included:
•Advising Ralcorp, a prominent supplier of private-brand food products in North America, on benefits matters for its 10,000 employees.
•Serving as primary benefits counsel for Smurfit-Stone, a global paperboard and paper-based packaging company with a workforce of 21,000.

Alan's benefits counsel strategically guides a wide variety of clients - publicly traded, privately held, tax-exempt and governmental - with qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOP), welfare and fringe benefit plans, and deferred and equity-based plans. In addition, Alan advises buyers and sellers on employee benefit issues in corporate transactions. He defends companies in connection with Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. examinations and has represented clients in rulings and other matters before their national offices.

Awards and Recognitions
The Best Lawyers In America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2010-2015
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Employee Benefits/ERISA, 2006

Civic Involvement
•H. F. Epstein Hebrew Academy, President, 2001-2003
•Louis and Sarah Block Yeshiva High School, President, 2006-2008
•Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis, President, 1998-2000

•Outside counsel to Ralcorp Holdings Inc. of St. Louis, Mo., advising on all employee benefits-related issues.
•Primary outside benefits counsel at packaging producer Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.
•Represented publicly traded company through its bankruptcy on all benefit matters, such as multiemployer plans and employer-sponsored defined benefit plans.
•Represented a broker-dealer before the IRS national office after the IRS proposed to terminate its qualification as a nonbank trustee.

Business Insights

Business Insights
5.21.14 New Final Regulations Allow Tax-Free Purchase of Disability Insurance by Plans
5.08.14 Labor and Employment Seminar
Seminar St. Louis, MO
2.20.14 Recent Healthcare Reform Regulations Provide Delay of Key Employer Penalties
5.09.13 Labor & Employment Seminar
Seminar St. Louis, MO
8.01.12 HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Audit Protocol Released
7.20.12 What's Next? How The Supreme Court's Decision Impacts Employers And Employer-Sponsored Health Plans, Health Lawyers Weekly
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Article
7.09.12 What's Next? How the Supreme Court's Decision Impacts Employers and Employer-Sponsored Health Plans
6.21.12 401K Regulation Seminar
Seminar St. Louis, MO
6.05.12 How to Disclose Fees in Retirement Plans
4.01.12 First Steps Toward Opportunities for Annuitizing Retirement Benefits
Speaking Engagement St. Louis, MO

In The News
8.19.14 Husch Blackwell Boasts 106 Best Lawyers on 2015 List, Seven “Lawyers of the Year”
Energy & Natural Resources Financial Services Food & Agribusiness Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation News Release
8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 “Lawyers of the Year”
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release
7.05.13 St. Louis Business Journal: Husch Blackwell Partner Alan Kandel Predicts Delayed Implementation of ACA's Health Insurance Exchanges
News Coverage
1.31.13 Husch Blackwell is Lead Counsel for Gaming Industry's First-Ever ESOP
News Release
8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
News Release
9.06.11 More Than 100 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2012
News Release


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Office Information

Alan H. Kandel

190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 600
St. LouisMO 63105-3441


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