Bennett H. Speyer

Bennett H. Speyer: Attorney with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP


Bennett H. Speyer is a partner in the firm whose practice is focused in employee benefits law (ERISA) and executive compensation. He is regularly involved in advising plan sponsors, as well as fiduciaries, regarding the legal and tax issues involved with the design and administration of various types of benefit plans, including qualified retirement plans, non-qualified plans and other executive compensation arrangements, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPS), cafeteria plans, health and other welfare benefit plans, including the drafting of these plans. Bennett advises a wide variety of plan sponsors, including corporate/institutional employers, entrepreneurial businesses, professional service firms, closely held and family business owners, joint boards of trustees (Taft Hartley plans), as well as tax exempt organizations and governmental employers, including colleges and universities. Bennett is also routinely involved with the representation of plan sponsors and fiduciaries before the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Labor, which regulate the administration of employee benefit plans.

In addition to representation of employers and plan sponsors, Bennett is legal counsel to elite level college and professional coaches, athletic directors, conference commissioners, as well as executives in the sports and entertainment industry. Working collaboratively with their agents, financial advisors and accountants, Bennett emphasizes structuring their contracts in a manner to achieve future financial security by utilizing tax efficient compensation, including appropriately designed deferred compensation arrangements, and that their contracts provide well considered protections given the risks and uncertainties endemic to this industry. These clients also rely upon Bennett for advice developing and implementing their estate plans and philanthropic objectives, and participation in outside business ventures.

Prior to his legal career, Bennett was a tax consultant in the Tax Department of Ernst & Whinney (n/k/a Ernst & Young LLP) in its Cleveland, Ohio office, where his responsibilities included tax planning and compliance for executives, business owners, tax exempt organizations, and a professional sports franchise. He is a graduate of Miami University and the University of Toledo College of Law. While in law school, Bennett was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Federal Tax Moot Court Team and was a recipient of the Brief Writing Award in Albert R. Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition (1985).

Bennett frequently speaks to professional and industry groups regarding employee benefits and related tax planning.


Toledo Business Journal, “Who's Who in Toledo Area Law”

News Releases

07.29.2015 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Goes Social With Sports Practice

09.05.2014 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Toledo Business Journal's “Who's Who in Toledo Area Law” Recognition

04.11.2013 Bennett H. Speyer Presents at 16th Annual Miami Law ESLS Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium


01.22.2015 Client Alert: Protect Yourself: Are You Prepared for a Personal Lawsuit?

Spring 2013 The Modern Athletic Director: Rising Expectations, Risks and Rewards, Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal

01.31.2013 Benefits and Compensation Alert - January 31, 2013

03.01.2010 LABOR PAINS: THE EFFECT OF A WORK STOPPAGE IN THE NFL ON ITS COACHES (Co-author); Marquette Sports Law Review

Events and Presentations

04.22.2015 Negotiating Win-Win Coaching Contracts, Collegiate Sports Summit, Santa Monica, California

07.16.2014 The Shumaker Sports Career Development Forum

05.15.2014 Negotiating Coaching Agreements

04.06.2013 NCAA Amateurism: Compliance and the Evolution of the Collegiate Athletic Department, Panelist, 16th Annual University of Miami Law ESLS Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium, Miami, Florida

October 2012 A Critical 30 Minute Timeout for Big Ten Basketball Officials - Rethinking How to Fund Your Retirement, Chicago, Illinois

April 2012 Qualified and Non-Qualified Retirement Plans - 'Diamonds in the Rough' for Successful Business Owners: Strategic Uses for Building Wealth and Retaining Key Employees, SCULL and Company Jewelry Consultants Independent Retailer Jewelers Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

05.01.2011 Important Tax Considerations and Planning Opportunities When Representing Sports Figures, Sports Lawyers Association 2011 Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

04.01.2010 Overview of Health Care Reform, Toledo Area Construction Financial Management Association

10.01.2009 Your Responsibilities to 401(k) Participants: A Primer on ERISA for Business Owners and Their Advisors, United Way of Hancock County Professional Development Symposium

04.01.2009 Maximizing Value for the Coach, Panelist, Florida Coastal School of Law Sports Symposium

11.01.2007 ERISA Update, Findlay/Hancock County Bar Association

12.01.2006 The Pension Protection Act of 2006, Toledo Employers' Association

10.01.2006 ESOPs: The Best Kept Secret in Business Succession Planning, Findlay, Ohio

10.01.2006 Key Plan Design Opportunities and Mandates and Individual Tax Planning Strategies Under the Pension Protection Act of 2006, Findlay Estate Planning Council


01.25.2016 The Buck Stops Here: Head Coach Responsibility and Guidelines from the Boeheim Case

11.06.2015 Student-Athlete Benefits - the Insurance Component

07.30.2015 O'Bannon Update: Plaintiff's Arguments Against Stay of Injunction

05.13.2015 Recent Litigation Shows Buyout Clauses Don't Always Provide Certainty as Designed

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Corporate Law / Business Organizations
  • Employee Compensation and Benefits
  • Taxation
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Title IX

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
419.321.1456  Phone
419.241.6894  Fax
University Attended:
Miami University, B.A., Economics, 1982
Law School Attended:
University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 1985
Year of First admission:
1985, Ohio

Professional and Community Affiliations

•American Bar Association, Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee
•Sports Lawyers Association
•International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
•Toledo Bar Association

Birth Information:
Columbus, Ohio, 1960
Payment Information:
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