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Our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation group is comprised of seasoned attorneys – with special expertise in tax law – who can help your organization navigate the complex challenges of managing employee benefits. We offer insightful guidance in all types of retirement, welfare benefit, and executive compensation plans.


Services Available

We counsel clients on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation law, including:

–  Employee benefits matters that arise in corporate mergers, acquisitions and dispositions

–  Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor employee benefit plan audits

–  Litigation, arbitration and negotiations involving complex employee benefits cases

–  Fiduciary responsibilities under ERISA

–  Executive agreements, including advice on appropriate executive compensation packages and fringe benefits

–  Severance plans and equity-based compensation arrangements

–  Multi-employer plans and withdrawal liability determinations

–  Reporting and disclosure requirements, government filings and correction programs

–  Plan terminations

–  Administrative service agreements with vendors and third-party administrators

–  Employee benefit plan administration and technical compliance with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, COBRA and HIPAA

Who We Serve
We represent companies throughout New England and nationally that maintain multiple benefit plans – including qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation agreements - which require technical assistance and compliance with complex federal laws. Client types include:

–  Public and private companies, banks and financial advisers

–  Tax-exempt hospitals, colleges and universities

–  State and local government and state instrumentalities

–  Medical groups

–  Executives

–  Taft-Hartley Pension and Annuity Funds

Below is just a sampling of our group’s notable experience:

–  Central Falls, RI Bankruptcy: We acted as pension counsel in connection with the bankruptcy of Central Falls – one of a handful of municipalities in the US to ever seek bankruptcy protection.

–  Fortune 500 Executives: We have represented numerous Fortune 500 companies - and senior executives of major companies – in negotiation employment agreements and severance arrangements.

–  Large Case IRS Audit: We represented a Fortune 500 company in connection with a large-scale audit of their 401k plan. The audit was conducted over a two-year period and millions of dollars in penalties were at stake.