Brian J. Dougherty counsels and represents clients in a range of employee benefits and ERISA-related matters. Co-leader of the firm’s Plan Sponsor Task Force, he addresses complex legal issues related to benefit plan design, administration, compliance, and litigation, as well as executive compensation matters, including equity compensation, nonqualified arrangements, and employment agreements. Brian represents large- and medium-sized enterprises operating in for-profit and tax-exempt industries.
For multinational companies, Brian handles transition, integration, corrections, and taxable distribution issues related to retirement benefits for US-based employees. He also represents clients in matters involving the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).
Brian has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers USA (2011–2016), is a fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, and serves on the Board of Senior Editors for Bloomberg BNA’s Employee Benefits Law.
Bucknell University, 1977, B.S.
Harvard Law School, 1980, J.D.
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Chambers USA (2019)
Member, Law Firm of the Year, Employee Benefits (ERISA Law), US News/Best Lawyers – Best Law Firms (2019)
Ranked, Employee Benefits & Compensation, Pennsylvania,Chambers USA (2011–2020)
Recognized, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Philadelphia,The Best Lawyers In America (2005–2020)
Recognized, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2004–2016)
Selected for inclusion in the BTI Client Service All-Star Team (2005, 2008–2009) following client nomination
Recognized, Madison Who's Who
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Philadelphia Bar Association, Tax Section
Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
Board of Senior Editors, BNA's Employee Benefits Law