Marla J. Kreindler advises clients on a broad range of fiduciary governance, regulatory, and investment matters affecting sponsors, fiduciaries, and service providers to US tax-qualified retirement plans. Marla represents and counsels corporate, nonprofit, and governmental plan sponsors on their institutional retirement plans, as well as major record keepers, consulting and investment management firms, insurance companies, banks, and financial firms on managing and investing employee benefit plan assets and tax-qualified retirement plans.
She serves as counsel to the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA) and is a regular speaker at national industry conferences (including those hosted by DCIIA and Pensions & Investments); before meetings sponsored by the Committee on the Investment of Employee Benefit Assets, the Worldwide Employee Benefits Networks, and Women Investment Professionals; at external cohosted events with other leading providers; and at Morgan Lewis–sponsored presentations. Marla has represented clients in matters before the US Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and other US regulators; has testified in hearings at the Department of Labor and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Advisory Council; and has served as a judge for the Excellence and Innovation Awards sponsored by Pensions & Investments and DCIIA. She has also been recognized as one of 401(k)Wire’s Most Influential People in Defined Contribution.
Marla advises clients on the fiduciary standards and prohibited transaction rules of ERISA and related tax, banking, securities, and state insurance law requirements. She counsels clients on plan governance and fiduciary risk management and on a wide range of investment products, services, and contracting matters that arise in connection with the management and investment of employee benefit plan assets. This includes developing or negotiating plan and trust agreements and related policies and procedures, collective investment trusts, white label investment options, registered investment companies, domestic and offshore private funds, investment management, consulting and outsourcing agreements, administrative services agreements, brokerage agreements, commodities and derivatives documentation, and stable value contracts.
University of Michigan, 1984, B.A.
University of Michigan Law School, 1987, J.D.
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America (2011–2018)
Top Woman Lawyer, The Best Lawyers in America (2016, 2017)
Ranked, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2013–2017)
Recognized, 100 Most Influential People in Defined Contribution, 401kWire (2013)
Recognized, Illinois Super Lawyers (2009–2016)
Counsel, Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association
Member and Past President, Worldwide Employee Benefits Network (WEB), Chicago Chapter
Advisory Board Member, Pensions & Investments Defined Contribution Conferences