Michael B. Richman counsels clients on the fiduciary responsibility rules under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), including the ERISA prohibited transaction rules. He advises plan sponsors on investment matters for defined benefit and defined contribution plans. He also counsels banks, investment adviser firms, and broker-dealer firms on ERISA compliance for ERISA plan separately-managed accounts, collective investment funds, private funds, and other arrangements. Additionally, he provides guidance to IRA custodians on permissible IRA investments and investment restrictions.
Michael also advises clients on fiduciary governance of ERISA plans, as well as on prohibited transaction and fiduciary responsibility issues in proposed transactions and transactions under government investigation. Michael prepares requests to the US Department of Labor (DOL) for prohibited transaction exemptions and advisory opinions.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Michael was counsel in the benefits and executive compensation, and investment management groups at one of the world’s largest global law firms.
A frequent writer, Michael has authored or coauthored a book, book chapters, and a number of articles on ERISA, benefits, and securities issues.
Columbia Law School, 1988, J.D.
Princeton University, 1985, A.B., Magna Cum Laude
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Washington, DC, The Best Lawyers in America (2022, 2023)
Ranked, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, District of Columbia, Chambers USA (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)