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 the Wall Street Journal, the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle . Bob has also been interviewed on national television programs such as 48 Hours, Dateline NBC and Court TV. Bob also served as a Field Artillery, First Lieutenant XO, and FDO & Battery Commander in the Army from 1968-1971.


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 in Georgia Super Lawyers for his work in the employee benefits and ERISA practice area.


Is it Too Little, Too Late for Multiemployer Pension Reform?
January 15, 2015

Healthcare Crossroads: What's an Employer To Do?
October 1, 2014

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

Legal Alerts
401(k) Sponsor Duties and Mutual Fund Wrongdoing
January 15, 2005

September 18, 2003

Second Chance for COBRA Elections
August 29, 2002

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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