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
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.