Robert J. Neis

  • Partner at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP (436 Attorneys)
  • 700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001-3980
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Rob Neis advises clients on executive compensation and employee benefits. His practice centers largely on the design, implementation and operation of various types of executive compensation arrangements, including nonqualified deferred compensation plans, incentive plans, employment agreements and equity compensation arrangements. His experience includes working with clients on issues involving their in-house executive compensation arrangements and nonqualified plan products offered to third parties. Rob also has extensive experience working with clients on retirement plans, including qualified retirement plans, section 403(b) plans and 457(b) plans, and on health and welfare plans.

Before joining Eversheds Sutherland, Rob spent six years with the US Treasury Department as the Benefits Tax Counsel and Deputy Benefits Tax Counsel. As the Benefits Tax Counsel, Rob managed the Office of the Benefits Tax Counsel and was the principal legal advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury and the Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy on employee benefits matters. During his time at the Treasury Department, Rob was a key player in many of the most important and cutting-edge benefits developments over the last six years, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the publication of extensive regulations on deferred compensation, and the development of the Treasury Department’s position on various health care issues, such as health reimbursement arrangements and health savings accounts. He also regularly advised Treasury Department officials on the formulation of employee benefits tax policy and coordinated with leadership and staff of the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Department of Health and Human Services, National Economic Council, Domestic Policy Counsel and other federal agencies on guidance related to employee benefit plans and the ACA. Rob also represented the United States at the Working Party on Private Pensions of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris and has been deeply involved in many of the cross-border issues facing globally mobile employees and their employers.

Rob has represented a wide range of clients, including publicly traded Fortune 100 multinational corporations, major tax-exempt organizations, start-up companies, and individual executives. Before concentrating his practice on the tax and labor law aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation, Rob was a litigator focusing primarily on insurance and ERISA matters. He continues to provide advice in litigation involving employee benefits issues.

Robert is admitted to the State Bar of Georgia. He has submitted his application to The District of Columbia Bar. His work is supervised by District of Columbia Bar members.


Legal Alerts

Legal Alert: 2018 in review - ERISA guidance (March 7, 2019)
In broad scope, the guidance issued in 2018 by the Department of Labor (DOL) under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), extended a trend established over the ...

Legal Alert: IRS cracks open the window for retiree lump sums (March 7, 2019)
On March 6, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2019-18 (Notice), announcing that it is retracting its previous position that prohibited pension plan sponsors from offering ...

Legal Alert: Treasury and IRS issue interim guidance on executive compensation excise tax under section 4960 (January 18, 2019)
Introduction On December 31, 2018, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury Department) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2019-09 (Notice) providing comprehensive interim guidance ...

Legal Alert: Texas v. United States decision could impact employer-sponsored health plans (January 4, 2019)
On December 14, 2018, a Texas District Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement that certain individuals maintain a minimum level of health coverage, often referred to as the ...

Legal Alert: IRS formalizes and provides relief for section 403(b) “once-in-always-in” part-time rule - immediate action required (December 17, 2018)
In Notice 2018-95, released on December 4, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) formally announced a “once-in-always-in” interpretation of the section 403(b) participation exclusion for part-time ...

Legal Alert: DOL considers important efficiencies for the retirement system (November 14, 2018)
In the last three weeks, the Department of Labor (DOL) undertook two initiatives that have the potential to improve the efficiency of the retirement system and the retirement security it provides to ...

Legal Alert: When your hardship comes in-Treasury proposes hardship withdrawal regulations (November 12, 2018)
On November 9, 2018, the US Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations addressing statutory changes to the section 401(k) hardship distribution ...


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Eversheds Sutherland Welcomes Back Ex-Treasury Counsel (October 11, 2018)
Robert Neis is featured in this Law360 article for rejoining Eversheds Sutherland’s Tax Practice Group as a partner in the Washignton DC office. Rob, who worked at the firm from 1991 through 2012, is ...

Press Releases

Eversheds Sutherland Welcomes Former US Treasury Counsel Robert Neis to Tax Practice (October 11, 2018)
WASHINGTON-Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce that Robert J. Neis has joined the Tax Practice Group as a partner in the Washington DC office. Mr. Neis rejoins Eversheds Sutherland ...

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Tax

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.383.0956  Phone
University Attended:
Middlebury College, B.S., Phi Beta Kappa
Law School Attended:
Cornell Law School, J.D.; Editor-in-Chief, Cornell Law Review
Year of First Admission:
Georgia; Not admitted in District of Columbia
Birth Information:
San Diego, California, 1964

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