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Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Winner, Chambers USA “Awards for Excellence” for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2014)

Listed, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Nationally) in Chambers USA (2014)

Listed, Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation in The Legal 500 United States (2014)

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Michael B. Richman
Of Counsel

Washington, D.C.
1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004-2541
United States
Phone: +1.202.739.5036
Fax: +1.202.739.3001

Michael B. Richman is of counsel in Morgan Lewis's Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice. Mr. Richman’s principal focus is on matters under the ERISA fiduciary responsibility rules. He advises plan sponsors on investment matters for defined benefit and defined contribution plans, and investment adviser firms on ERISA compliance for ERISA plan separately managed accounts, collective investment funds, and private funds. In addition, he counsels clients on fiduciary governance of ERISA plans, prohibited transaction issues in proposed transactions and transactions under government investigation, and preparing requests to the U.S. Department of Labor for prohibited transaction exemptions and advisory opinions. His practice also includes advising IRA custodians on permissible IRA investment and investment restrictions.

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Richman was counsel in the benefits and executive compensation and investment management groups at one of the 15 largest global law firms.

Mr. Richman earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1988, where he was managing editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. He earned his A.B., magna cum laude, in history from Princeton University in 1985.

Mr. Richman has authored or co-authored a number of articles on ERISA, benefits, and securities issues. He is the co-author of the book ERISA Class Exemptions and of chapters on the ERISA class exemptions and trustee responsibility in the book ERISA Fiduciary Law, as well as of an overview of the ERISA-prohibited transaction rules for the online Bloomberg BNA Benefits Practice Resource Center.

Mr. Richman is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.


  • Columbia University Law School, 1988, J.D.
  • Princeton University, 1985, A.B., Magna Cum Laude