Our attorneys help clients design and implement benefits packages that comply with today's complex regulatory requirements, attract and retain a quality workforce, and maintain fiscal responsibility.


We advise on ERISA and federal and state benefits and compensation packages for clients ranging from publicly traded, Fortune 100 corporations to privately held and regional companies. We also have a significant presence in the tax-exempt and government sector, where we counsel health care systems, colleges and universities, churches, foundations, and governments.

Our attorneys advise in three major areas: executive compensation, qualified retirement plans, and health and welfare benefit plans.

  • When clients wish to implement a new equity-based or cash-based incentive or deferred compensation program, we provide guidance on avoiding significant tax traps and satisfying all shareholder disclosure requirements, including the stock exchange rules. 

  • When clients need assistance in solving a 401(k) or 403(b) compliance problem or terminating a defined benefit pension plan, we draw upon the experience of our attorneys who worked at the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • When clients seek ideas on how to control the sharply increasing cost of providing employee and retiree health benefits, we create and evaluate solutions based on our experience advising some of the largest and most sophisticated employee health plans in the nation.

Our team works closely with the firm's corporate lawyers to analyze the employee benefits and the executive compensation implications of acquisitions, divestitures, and corporate reorganizations.

We work with litigators in our Labor and Employment Group to represent employers, plans, fiduciaries, and administrators in all aspects of ERISA litigation, from class action lawsuits to routine claims for benefits by a single participant.

Together with the firm's Health Care Group, our attorneys are helping clients understand and prepare for changes arising from the federal health care reform effort. Our Health Care Reform Initiative members are closely monitoring ongoing legislative developments.

Members of our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group have experience counseling Compensation Committees in all areas of executive compensation, both cash-based and equity-based, for both privately held and publicly traded companies. We provide this counseling as part of our general representation of the company or as special counsel to the Compensation Committee.

contact

Brian M. Pinheiro 
Practice Leader 
Tel 215.864.8511
pinheiro@ballardspahr.com