Robert L. Abramowitz counsels clients on employee benefits matters, including fiduciary requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), qualified pension and profit-sharing plans, and executive compensation issues. Bob also advises on matters related to flexible compensation programs, health and welfare plans, retiree health plans, and managed healthcare programs. He has experience representing clients in proceedings before the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), US Department of Labor (DOL), and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
Bob works with companies and board compensation committees to design and, when necessary, amend benefit plans and programs, including cash incentive, retention, and severance arrangements for senior executives. He also advises tax-exempt organizations and their compensation committees on executive compensation matters, including intermediate sanctions. Bob also advises on defined benefit pension plan terminations, and defined benefit pension plan de-risking—including annuity buyouts and lump sum cashouts.
Bob lectures and publishes frequently on a range of employee benefits topics. He served as a lecturer with the Villanova University Law School Graduate Tax Program from 1986 to 2001.
Harvard Law School, 1974, J.D.
Yale University, 1971, B.A.
Awards and Affiliations
Band 1, Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation, Pennsylvania, Chambers USA (2005–2018)
Recognized, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Philadelphia, The Best Lawyers in America (1991–2019)
Philadelphia Employee Benefits "Lawyer of the Year," The Best Lawyers in America (2010)
Recognized, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2004–2017)
Recognized, BTI Client Service All-Stars (2014)
Recognized, Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in American Law
Former Chair, Philadelphia Bar Association, Pension Committee; American Bar Association, Health Law Section, Employee Benefits Interest Group
Charter Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel