W. Mark Smith: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

W. Mark Smith

Mark W. Smith
Partner
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202.383.0221

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Practice Areas

  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Retirement Products & Services
  • Financial Services
  • Insurance
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Broker-Dealer
  • Investment Adviser
  • Private Investment Funds
  • Mutual Funds
  • Capital Markets & Investments
  • ERISA
  • Insurance Taxation
  • Insurance Products
  • Tax
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0221
Fax: 202-637-3593
http://www.sutherland.com/People/W-Mark-Smith
 
University University of Kansas, B.A. Phi Beta Kappa
 
Law SchoolCornell University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude Editor-in-Chief, Cornell Law Review, Order of the Coif
 
Admitted1981, District of Columbia
 
Memberships 

Professional Activities
Co-Chair, IRI Retirement Summit (2012-present)
Past Presidents Council (2011-present), Former President (2009-2011) and Director (2008-2011), District of Columbia Bar Foundation
Former Director, D.C. Access to Justice Foundation (2009-2012)
Former Chair, Employee Benefits Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association (1991-1992)
Former Delegate, Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, American Bar Association
Former Member, Advisory Board, Georgetown Corporate Counsel Institute

 
BornKansas City, Missouri, May 7, 1955
 
Biography

Mark Smith helps financial service providers and Fortune 50 companies successfully design and administer retirement, employee benefit, insurance and executive compensation arrangements. He provides a pragmatic perspective on the tax, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other legal considerations applicable to these arrangements. Banks, broker-dealers, insurance companies, investment advisers and managers, mutual funds, retirement platforms, other product and service providers, and plan sponsors seek Mark's counsel on a broad range of consulting, transactional and regulatory matters. Clients say he has “extensive experience and provides solutions that are concise, easy-to-understand and invaluable; he is very adept at assisting clients with navigating the regulatory waters. Mark has also managed more than 50 tax and ERISA cases in federal court, including Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. v. Darden (Supreme Court 1992) and, for the amici, in Albertson's, Inc. v. Commissioner (9th Cir. 1993, 1994). Mark also advises on the taxation of corporate and nonqualified insurance products, including corporate- and bank-owned life insurance (COLI/BOLI) policies. From 1999 to 2007, Mark served as partner-in-charge of Sutherland's Washington, DC, office and firmwide Executive Partner.

Selected Experience

Sutherland negotiates the acquisition of financial products for benefit plans.
Sutherland represents retirement product and service providers before government regulators.
Sutherland assists in the design, regulatory approval and operation of several hundred insurance, investment and stable value products.

Awards and Rankings

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of employee benefits (ERISA) law (2001-2015)

fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

Recognized in Legal 500 U.S.A. (2012-2014)

Client Tools

2006 Pension Protection Act
409A Law
Coalition of Collective Investment Trusts

Clerkships

Honorable Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

 
ISLN903587011
 

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2014 in Review: ERISA Civil and Criminal Enforcement Activity by DOL Is Trending Upward
Brenna M. Clark,Adam B. Cohen,Brittany Edwards-Franklin,Andrea M. Gehman,W. Mark Smith, March 24, 2015
The Fact Sheet recently published by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) documenting Fiscal Year 2014 civil and criminal enforcement activity under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) showed a continuing increase in the number of investigations conducted by DOL.


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W. Mark Smith

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980




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