Claire E. Bouffard counsels clients on employee benefits and executive compensation. She drafts and assists with design of tax-qualified pension and profit-sharing plans, cash or deferred arrangements, health and welfare arrangements, deferred compensation plans, and employment agreements. In addition, Claire reviews and edits plan documents and amendments to ensure compliance with applicable law; drafts communications materials and notices to plan participants; and files voluntary correction program submissions. Claire assists with benefit plans in every stage of their lives—from inception or acquisition to termination or divestiture.
Claire assists clients in responding to US Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits and advises on regulatory compliance with the US Internal Revenue Code and ERISA. She also provides transactional support related to employee benefit plans, including assessing benefits and liabilities before the deal, and integrating the benefits after the deal is completed.
Carnegie Mellon University, 2010, B.S.
University of Illinois College of Law, 2013, J.D., Summa Cum Laude
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Benefits, Law360 (2022)
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)