Steven W. McGrath

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Biography

Steve McGrath has practiced in the employee benefits and executive compensation area since the enactment of the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974. Mr. McGrath has served as the Firm's employee benefit and executive compensation practice leader for over 15 years. Prior to joining Conner & Winters, he served in a similar capacity for other law firms. Mr. McGrath advises large public corporations, privately held entities, colleges, universities, governmental bodies and tax exempt organizations. His employee benefit practice involves:

- The employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions

- ERISA litigation

- Executive compensation

- Cash balance pension plan design

- Fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues

- Multiemployer plan issues

- Qualified plan and welfare plan design

- VEBA and taxable trust structuring, and

- General aspects of an employee benefit practice

Mr. McGrath is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Employee Benefits Law) and is a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Mr. McGrath is also listed as a Super Lawyer (Employee Benefits/ERISA). He previously served as Chairperson of the Flexible Benefits Advisory Council for the State of Oklahoma which was responsible for the design of the flexible benefits program offered to employees of the State of Oklahoma. Mr. McGrath is a former member of the Governor's Cabinet Review Team for Oklahoma Health and Human Services Department and a former member of the Board of Directors of the SouthWest Benefits Association.

Mr. McGrath is a frequent lecturer on employee benefits issues including conferences sponsored by the American Bankers Association, American Bar Association, American Law Institute, Bureau of National Affairs, SouthWest Benefits Association, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Oklahoma Bar Association, various universities and other national associations.

News

•Congratulations to the 59 lawyers from Conner & Winters who were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019.
08.15.2018
•58 Conner & Winters Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America List
08.15.2017
•Conner & Winters Announces Leadership Team
07.25.2017

Honors & Recognitions

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Employee Benefits Law for over 10 years)

Listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers (Employee Benefits/ERISA)

AV rated by Martindale Hubbell

American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

Southwest Benefits Association - Member of Board of Directors 1997 - 2000

State of Oklahoma Flexible Benefits Advisory Counsel Chairperson 1989 - 1991

Tulsa Employee Benefits Group - Former Chair of Steering Committee

Governor's Commendation for Service on Flexible Benefits Advisory Council

William and Mary Law Review - Research Editor 1973 - 1974 and Member 1972 - 1974

Omicron Delta Kappa

American Jurisprudence Awards - Contracts, Evidence, Trusts and Estates

Publications Include: Chapter, Employer Contributions, 4 Bender's Fed. Tax Serv. (MB) at C: 12-1, (1989), (Co-Author); Multi-Employer Pension Plans: Withdrawal Liability and Related Problems (PBI No. 1983-229); and Mandatory Maternity Leave: Title VII and Equal Protection, 14 Wm & Mary Law Review 1026 (1973) (Co-Author).

of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Mr. McGrath is also listed as a Super Lawyer (Employee Benefits/ERISA). He previously served as Chairperson of the Flexible Benefits Advisory Council for the State of Oklahoma which was responsible for the design of the flexible benefits program offered to employees of the State of Oklahoma. Mr. McGrath is a former member of the Governor's Cabinet Review Team for Oklahoma Health and Human Services Department and a former member of the Board of Directors of the SouthWest Benefits Association.

Mr. McGrath is a frequent lecturer on employee benefits issues including conferences sponsored by the American Bankers Association, American Bar Association, American Law Institute, Bureau of National Affairs, SouthWest Benefits Association, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Oklahoma Bar Association, various universities and other national associations.

Memberships & Affiliations:

· Oklahoma Bar Association

· Pennsylvania Bar Association

· Tulsa County Bar Association

· American Bar Association (Member: Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee, Labor Law Section)

· SouthWest Benefits Association

· Tulsa Employee Benefits Group

Other Distinctions:

· Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Employee Benefits Law for over 10 years)

· Listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers (Employee Benefits/ERISA)

· American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

· Southwest Benefits Association - Member of Board of Directors 1997 - 2000

· State of Oklahoma Flexible Benefits Advisory Counsel Chairperson 1989 - 1991

· Tulsa Employee Benefits Group - Former Chair of Steering Committee

· Governor's Commendation for Service on Flexible Benefits Advisory Council

· William and Mary Law Review - Research Editor 1973 - 1974 and Member 1972 - 1974

· Omicron Delta Kappa

· American Jurisprudence Awards - Contracts, Evidence, Trusts and Estates

· Publications Include: Chapter, "Employer Contributions", 4 Bender's Fed. Tax Serv. (MB) at C: 12-1, (1989), (Co-Author); Multi-Employer Pension Plans: Withdrawal Liability and Related Problems (PBI No. 1983-229); and Mandatory Maternity Leave: Title VII and Equal Protection, 14 Wm & Mary Law Review 1026 (1973) (Co-Author).

Industry Expertise

· Aviation and Airlines

· Banking and Finance

· Church and Nonprofit Organizations

· Energy

· Health Care

· Insurance

· Manufacturing

· Transportation and Logistics

Areas of Practice (12)

  • Employee Benefit Plan Design and Administration
  • Employee Benefits
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Executive Compensation
  • Tax
  • Aviation and Airlines
  • Banking and Finance
  • Church and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Energy
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation and Logistics

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(918) 586-5684  Phone
(918) 586-8684  Fax
www.cwlaw.com
University Attended:
University of Maryland, B.S., 1970
Law School Attended:
College of William and Mary, J.D., 1974
Year of First Admission:
1974
Admission:
1980, U.S. Tax Court; 1986, Oklahoma; 1974, Pennsylvania
Memberships:

Community & Professional

Oklahoma Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Tulsa County Bar Association

American Bar Association (Member: Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee, Labor Law Section)

SouthWest Benefits Association

Tulsa Employee Benefits Group

Birth Information:
Washington, D.C., June 6, 1948
ISLN:
904967119

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0
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