William J. Walderman

William J. Walderman: Attorney with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP


Bill Walderman counsels insurance companies on the taxation of insurance companies and their products. He works on the tax-compliant design and administration of life insurance and annuity products on behalf of insurers, other financial service providers and corporate purchasers; the remediation of non-tax compliant insurance products; and tax reserving and other insurance company tax issues.

Bill represents clients seeking private letter rulings and compliance waivers before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on insurance tax issues and also works on a number of tax controversy and litigation matters involving insurance issues.

In addition, Bill advises clients on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), specifically fiduciary issues under Title I. His ERISA work includes representing clients before the U.S. Department of Labor in prohibited transaction exemption and advisory opinion proceedings and in enforcement matters. He regularly advises clients on ERISA fiduciary issues arising in connection with securitizations and privately offered funds.

Before joining the firm in 1988, Bill spent nearly 14 years with the Office of the Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor, where he was involved in nearly all aspects of the department’s ERISA program.

Client Tools

•409A Law

Selected Experience

Advised on structuring retirement products and services to satisfy ERISA-prohibited transaction requirements.
Advised on ERISA issues in derivatives and securitizations.
Advised on tax and ERISA issues in the structure of timber investments for pension plan market.


“I like working in cutting-edge practices. Because of the depth of experience at Eversheds Sutherland (US), we work on novel and complex issues that haven’t been explored before by anyone.”

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: IRS and Treasury issue proposed regulations on discounting unpaid losses (November 15, 2018)
On November 6, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department (Treasury) issued proposed regulations that address amendments to the rules for discounting unpaid losses under ...

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 ...

Legal Alert: DOL and Treasury update guidance agendas for employee benefits (fall 2018) (October 24, 2018)
The principal regulators of US employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months.On October 18, 2018, the US Department of Labor (DOL) published its ...

Legal Alert: IRS provides IRC 817(h) diversification guidance on a new form of mortgage-backed security to be issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (October 24, 2018)
On October 16, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Rev. Proc. 2018-54,1 which addresses the treatment of a new mortgage-backed security under the diversification rules of IRC 817(h). ...


First 100 days and labor law (May 1, 2009)
Reprinted with permission from Daily Report


Eversheds Sutherland Global Tax Brief (December 2017)
The Eversheds Sutherland Global Tax Brief is a collection of tax developments from our attorneys across the globe. We hope you enjoy this issue of the Brief and look forward to sharing more updates ...

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Tax
  • Insurance
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Financial Services
  • Insurance Taxation
  • Insurance Products

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.383.0243  Phone
University Attended:
Harvard College, A.B., magna cum laude
Law School Attended:
University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., cum laude; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., Taxation
Year of First Admission:
1988, District of Columbia
Birth Information:
Washington, D.C., July 17, 1946

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