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ML BeneBits is a comprehensive blog that covers the waterfront of topics related to employee benefits and executive compensation—from plan design, qualification, and documentation matters to fiduciary questions, ERISA Title I investment issues, payroll tax, fringe benefits issues, executive compensation trends, and health and welfare benefits compliance. We also discuss the unique challenges that multiemployer plans and their contributing employers, tax-exempt entities, and governmental employers face. Our authors cover key regulatory, legal, and legislative developments in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation and come primarily from our employee benefits and executive compensation practice as well as from other practice areas.

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Robert L Abramowitz

Robert L. Abramowitz

Partner

Philadelphia +1.215.963.4811

Labor, Employment & Benefits; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Executive Compensation; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration; Multiemployer Plans; Privacy & Cybersecurity; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; Life Sciences Transactions; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling

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Andy R. Anderson

Partner

Chicago +1.312.324.1177

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Government Contractor Compliance; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration; ; Technology, Outsourcing & Commercial Transactions; Privacy & Cybersecurity; Life Sciences Transactions; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling

Bitman

Craig A. Bitman

Partner

New York +1.212.309.7190

Labor, Employment & Benefits; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; Multiemployer Plans; Capital Markets & Public Companies; Investment Management; Private Equity; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling

Summer M. Blackburn

Senior Client Employee Benefits Advisor

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5548

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; Multiemployer Plans

Kim Boggs

Kimberly J. Boggs

Senior Client Employee Benefits Advisor

Chicago +1.312.324.1758

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration; Privacy & Cybersecurity; Executive Compensation; Benefits & Payroll Tax; Multiemployer Plans

Bouffard

Claire E. Bouffard

Associate

Pittsburgh +1.412.560.7421

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration

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Sariyah S. Buchanan

Associate

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Labor, Employment & Benefits; Executive Compensation; ERISA Fiduciary Duty

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Jeanie Cogill

Partner

New York +1.212.309.6320

Labor, Employment & Benefits; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Executive Compensation; Mergers & Acquisitions; Private Equity; Tax

Day

Althea R. Day

Partner

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5366

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; Multiemployer Plans; Executive Compensation; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration; Mergers & Acquisitions; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling; Healthcare Corporate & Business Transactions

Dougherty

Brian J. Dougherty

Partner

Philadelphia +1.215.963.4812

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; Mergers & Acquisitions; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling

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Leslie E. DuPuy

Associate

San Francisco +1.415.442.1247

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration; Employment Counseling; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; Mergers & Acquisitions

Fattahian

Saghi Fattahian

Associate

Chicago +1.312.324.1744

Labor, Employment & Benefits; ; Privacy & Cybersecurity; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration; Mergers & Acquisitions; Life Sciences Transactions; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling; Healthcare Corporate & Business Transactions

Goodman

Allison J. Fepelstein

Associate

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5667

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration

Ferreira

John G. Ferreira

Partner

Pittsburgh +1.412.560.3350

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Executive Compensation; Mergers & Acquisitions; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration

Goldberg

Elizabeth S. Goldberg

Associate

Pittsburgh +1.412.560.7428

Labor, Employment & Benefits; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Retirement Plan Design & Administration

Lindsay Goodman

Lindsay M. Goodman

Associate

Chicago +1.312.324.1176

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration

Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman

Associate

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5861

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation

Grey

Carly E. Grey

Associate

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5379

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Matthew H. Hawes

Partner

Pittsburgh +1.412.560.7740

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; Executive Compensation; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Mergers & Acquisitions

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Brian D. Hector

Partner

Chicago +1.312.324.1160

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Employee Stock Ownership Plans; ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Mergers & Acquisitions

Hevener

Mary B. Hevener

Partner

New York +1.212.309.6888

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5982

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Amy Pocino Kelly

Partner

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Elizabeth Kennedy

Elizabeth G. Kennedy

Senior Client Employee Benefits Advisor

New York +1.212.309.6192

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration

Barbara D. Klippert

Barbara D. Klippert

Senior Counsel

New York +1.212.309.6840

Labor, Employment & Benefits; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Executive Compensation; Structured Transactions

Marla J. Kreindler

Partner

Chicago +1.312.324.1114

Labor, Employment & Benefits; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; Capital Markets & Public Companies; Investment Management; Private Equity

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Susan D. Lastowski

Senior Client Employee Benefits Advisor

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Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration

Lauriero

Gina L. Lauriero

Partner

New York +1.212.309.7103

Labor, Employment & Benefits; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Executive Compensation; Mergers & Acquisitions; Capital Markets & Public Companies

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Robert J. Lichtenstein

Partner

Philadelphia +1.215.963.5726

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Executive Compensation; Private Equity; Mergers & Acquisitions; Capital Markets & Public Companies; Life Sciences Transactions; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling; Healthcare Corporate & Business Transactions

William J. Marx

Associate

Philadelphia +1.215.963.1744

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; ERISA Fiduciary Duty

McCardell

Vivian S. McCardell

Of Counsel

Philadelphia +1.215.963.5810

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; ERISA Fiduciary Duty

McGeorge

Randall C. McGeorge

Partner

Pittsburgh +1.412.560.7410

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Executive Compensation; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; Multiemployer Plans; Mergers & Acquisitions

Gregory L. Needles

Gregory L. Needles

Partner

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5448

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Tax; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Multiemployer Plans; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration; Life Sciences Transactions; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling

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Associate

Philadelphia +1.215.963.5188

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration; ; Privacy & Cybersecurity; Life Sciences Transactions; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling

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Jacob M. Oksman

Associate

New York +1.212.309.6941

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Tax; Executive Compensation; Benefits & Payroll Tax

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Anna M. Pomykala

Associate

New York +1.212.309.6731

Labor, Employment & Benefits

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Zaitun Poonja

Partner

Silicon Valley +1.650.843.7540

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Executive Compensation; Mergers & Acquisitions; Private Equity; Capital Markets & Public Companies; Life Sciences Transactions

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Erin Randolph-Williams

Of Counsel

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Labor, Employment & Benefits; Executive Compensation; Mergers & Acquisitions

Ray

Jason C. Ray

Senior Attorney

Dallas +1.214.466.4112

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Employee Stock Ownership Plans; Private Equity

Rehfield

Patrick Rehfield

Partner

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5640

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Employee Stock Ownership Plans; Benefits & Payroll Tax; Executive Compensation; Tax; Private Equity; Capital Markets & Public Companies; Mergers & Acquisitions; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling; Healthcare Corporate & Business Transactions

Richman

Michael B. Richman

Partner

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5036

Labor, Employment & Benefits; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Investment Management

Amber N. Roberts

Associate

New York +1.212.309.6762

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; Executive Compensation; ERISA Fiduciary Duty

Rothstein

Gary S. Rothstein

Partner

New York +1.212.309.6360

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Executive Compensation; Mergers & Acquisitions; Private Equity; Capital Markets & Public Companies

Simons

Mark J. Simons

Of Counsel

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Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration

Spencer

Steven D. Spencer

Partner

Philadelphia +1.215.963.5714

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Multiemployer Plans; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration; ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; US Labor/​Management Relations; Employment Counseling; Mergers & Acquisitions

Suzanne M. Spicer

Senior Client Employee Benefits Advisor

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5743

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration

Stapel

Julie K. Stapel

Partner

Chicago +1.312.324.1113

Labor, Employment & Benefits; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; Investment Management; Private Equity; Capital Markets & Public Companies

Randall Tracht

R. Randall Tracht

Partner

Pittsburgh +1.412.560.3352

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Workforce Change; Privacy & Cybersecurity

Patrick T. Trunzo

Senior Client Employee Benefits Advisor

Pittsburgh +1.412.560.7793

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration; Retirement Plan Design & Administration

Carley Ward

Carley Clark

Senior Client Employee Benefits Advisor

Princeton +1.609.919.6708

Labor, Employment & Benefits; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Executive Compensation; Retirement Plan Design & Administration

Jill Weintraub

Jill L. Weintraub

Of Counsel

New York +1.212.309.6197

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Executive Compensation; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; ERISA Fiduciary Duty

Mims Maynard Zabriskie

Mims Maynard Zabriskie

Partner

Philadelphia +1.215.963.5036

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; Executive Compensation; Mergers & Acquisitions; Life Sciences Transactions

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David B. Zelikoff

Partner

Philadelphia +1.215.963.5360

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Executive Compensation; Mergers & Acquisitions; Private Equity; Capital Markets & Public Companies

Jonathan Zimmerman

Jonathan Zimmerman

Partner

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5212

Labor, Employment & Benefits; ERISA Fiduciary Duty; Executive Compensation; Health and Welfare Plan Design & Administration; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling

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Sheila A. Armstrong

Partner

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Washington, DC +1.202.739.5427

Litigation, Regulation & Investigations; White Collar Litigation & Government Investigations; Government Contracts

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Partner

Philadelphia +1.215.963.5258

New York +1.212.309.6958

Labor, Employment & Benefits; ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation; Multiemployer Plans; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling

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Associate

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Labor, Employment & Benefits; ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation

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Michael S. Burkhardt

Partner

Philadelphia +1.215.963.5130

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Systemic Employment Litigation; Employment Counseling; Trade Secrets, Proprietary Information & Noncompetition/​Nondisclosure Agreements; Whistleblowing & Retaliation

Cowan

Joyce A. Cowan

Partner

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5373

; Corporate, Finance & Investment Management; Private Equity; Life Sciences Transactions; Washington Strategic Government Relations & Counseling; Crisis Management; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling; Healthcare Corporate & Business Transactions

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Paul C. Evans

Partner

Philadelphia +1.215.963.5431

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Systemic Employment Litigation; Wage and Hour Litigation & Counseling; Employment Counseling; Trade Secrets, Proprietary Information & Noncompetition/​Nondisclosure Agreements; Government Contractor Compliance; Crisis Management

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James Alan Gouwar

Partner

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Tax; Structured Transactions

Hall

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Of Counsel

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Investment Management; Structured Transactions; Transactional Finance; Corporate, Finance & Investment Management; Litigation, Regulation & Investigations

Hill

Melissa D. Hill

Partner

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Labor, Employment & Benefits; ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation; Wage and Hour Litigation & Counseling; Individual Employee Litigation & Arbitration

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Partner

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Privacy & Cybersecurity; ; Life Sciences Transactions; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling; Healthcare Corporate & Business Transactions

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Partner

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Investment Management; Transactional Finance; Privacy & Cybersecurity; Structured Transactions

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Lindsay B. Jackson

Partner

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5120

Investment Management; ERISA Fiduciary Duty

James T. Kimble

Of Counsel

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5363

Labor, Employment & Benefits; US Labor/​Management Relations; Multiemployer Plans; Retirement Plan Design & Administration; ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation

Kleinman

Daniel R. Kleinman

Partner

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5143

Capital Markets & Public Companies; Mergers & Acquisitions; Investment Management; Private Equity; ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation; ERISA Fiduciary Duty

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Senior Director

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5263

US Labor/​Management Relations; Washington Strategic Government Relations & Counseling; Morgan Lewis Consulting, LLC

Ortelere

Brian T. Ortelere

Partner

Philadelphia +1.215.963.5150

New York +1.212.309.6850

Labor, Employment & Benefits; ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling

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Associate

Princeton +1.609.919.6669

Labor, Employment & Benefits

Reid

Alexander L. Reid

Partner

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5941

Tax; Tax-Exempt Organizations; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling

Blair J. Robinson

Blair J. Robinson

Partner

New York +1.212.309.6345

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Systemic Employment Litigation; Employment Counseling; ADA Public Accommodation and Accessibility Litigation & Counseling

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Partner

Philadelphia +1.215.963.5103

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Michelle Seldin Silverman

Partner

Princeton +1.609.919.6660

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Individual Employee Litigation & Arbitration; Systemic Employment Litigation; Employment Counseling; US Labor/​Management Relations

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Alan Singer

Senior Counsel

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Capital Markets & Public Companies

Speights

Grace E. Speights

Partner

Washington, DC +1.202.739.5189

Labor, Employment & Benefits; Systemic Employment Litigation; Employment Counseling; Crisis Management; Workplace Culture Consulting & Training; Class Actions

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Christopher M. Varano

Associate

Philadelphia +1.215.963.5942

Labor, Employment & Benefits; ERISA/Employee Benefits Litigation; Healthcare Litigation & Regulatory Counseling