Robert C. Christenson: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Robert C. Christenson

Atlanta,  GA  U.S.A.
Phone(404) 240-4256

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Employee Benefits
  • Qualified and Nonqualified Retirement Plans
  • Profit Sharing and Defined Contribution Plans
  • Multi-Employer Pension Liability
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • Health and Welfare Plans
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act
  • Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
  • Sarbanes Oxley Act
  • Automotive Manufacturing
University Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, B.S., 1968
Law SchoolLoyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, IL, J.D., cum laude, 1974
Admitted1974, Illinois; 1985, Georgia; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; Georgia Supreme Court; Georgia Court of Appeals; Supreme Court of Illinois

Professional Activities
Bob is a frequent speaker around the country on employee benefits issues, and he has been quoted in publications such as theWall Street Journal, theAtlanta Journal & Constitution, and theAtlanta Business Chronicle. Bob has also been interviewed on national television programs such as 48 Hours, Dateline NBC and Court TV.


Bob Christenson is a partner in the Atlanta office, and he serves as the chair of the firm's Employee Benefits Practice Group.

Since 1974 -- the year ERISA was enacted -- Bob has specialized in all aspects of employee benefits law, concentrating on Taft-Hartley multiemployer plans, collective bargaining, and ERISA litigation.

Bob has extensive experience with benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions, as well as with amendment and termination of pension plans and retiree health benefits in bankruptcy. Bob represents employers in connection with government 401(k) and welfare plan audits, and he regularly deals with plan correction programs established by the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor.

Bob advises plan fiduciaries with respect to their obligations under ERISA, and he conducts reviews of benefit plans and plan procedures to ensure legal compliance. Bob also advises clients about their COBRA obligations, and about HIPAA requirements with respect to plan design, privacy, and security.

He is experienced with all types of benefit plans in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, including qualified plans, non-qualified executive compensation plans, and welfare plans such as insured and self-insured health arrangements, disability plans, life insurance plans, cafeteria plans, HSAs, FSAs and HRAs.

Bob is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and, in 2004, was selected for inclusion inGeorgia Super Lawyersfor his work in the employee benefits and ERISA practice area.

As Same-Sex Marriage Gains Ground, Employers Must Keep Up August 7, 2014

Opinion: Halbig Decision Creates New Level Of Uncertainty For Obamacare July 22, 2014

Flexible Spending Account Rules Will Now Allow a $500 Annual Carry Over November 4, 2013

HIPPA, ADA Govern Corporate Wellness Programs July 20, 2012

IRS Guidance Puts In Extended Date For FSA Limits, Relieves The Pressure On Plan Sponsors June 8, 2012

3rd Circuit Decision Greenlights Changes To Retiree Health Plans July 12, 2007

HIPAA Compliance and Prospective and Existing Clients September 1, 2003

PEO Benefit Basics: 401(k) Issues When You Lose a Client May 25, 2001

Quotes and Soundbites
Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings On Key Obamacare Provision July 22, 2014

High Court Gives Appeal Deadline Certainty In Contract Suits January 15, 2014

With Debt Ceiling Near, Employee Benefits in the Crosshairs October 16, 2013

Employee Benefits Attorneys Continue to Advise Clients on Obamacare, Say More Guidance is Needed October 17, 2012

Pitfalls Abound For Employers Trying Wellness Programs August 7, 2012

Lines Drawn as Individual Mandate Heads To High Court March 1, 2012

Treading Carefully on EAPs February 1, 2012

Safe Haven for 401(k) Advice November 18, 2011

Newsletter Articles
Safe Harbors For Rollover Contributions May 5, 2014

How The Windsor Decision Applies To Retirement Plans May 5, 2014

Obamacare By The Numbers February 1, 2012


Bob serves as a coach with Atlanta's Northside Youth Organization and with Atlanta's Top Hat Soccer Club. Bob is also a member of the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association, and the Atlanta Chapter of the Northwestern University Alumni Association.

Reported CasesRepresentative Work; Multi-Count ERISA Case Dismissed

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How The Windsor Decision Applies To Retirement Plans
Robert C. Christenson, May 8, 2014
The Internal Revenue Service recently furnished employers with welcome guidance concerning coverage of same-sex spouses in qualified plans.

Safe Harbors For Rollover Contributions
Robert C. Christenson, May 8, 2014
Plan administrators of qualified plans are always concerned that amounts they receive as rollovers actually are eligible for rollover treatment, since accepting non-rollover funds will violate the terms of the plan. Administrators are in a quandary because they want to accommodate plan...

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Robert C. Christenson

1075 Peachtree Street, NE
AtlantaGA 30309


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