In addition to the litigation support provided by Ms. Johnson, DGS employee benefit attorneys counsel clients about the best compensation and benefit designs for their organizations and have experience with all aspects of employee benefits law and executive compensation. We advise clients about the effect of their employee benefit plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Department of Labor requirements, applicable tax law, and securities regulations.  We help our clients design and implement qualified retirement plans, including 401(k), pension, defined benefit (including deferred retirement option, pick-up and cash balance plans), money purchase and employee stock ownership plans.  We also advise clients on nonqualified plans such as deferred compensation, golden handcuffs, stock options, and phantom stock plans. 

Our employee benefits attorneys also work with clients on the design and implementation of  welfare and fringe benefit plans, including cafeteria, self-funded health benefits, health insurance, severance, legal services, tuition reimbursement, and qualified transportation fringe benefits.  We regularly conduct compliance reviews and audits of our clients’ qualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans. 

We also advise clients on the practical implications of violations of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.  We have extensive experience with the Department of Labor’s amnesty program and the IRS Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System. 

Our employee benefits lawyers work with our mergers and acquisitions lawyers to conduct due diligence on employee benefits and executive compensation issues arising in mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, lay-offs and plant closings, including Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation and other matters relating to plan termination and withdrawal liability issues.

Our employee benefits attorneys are supported by a team of associated professionals with actuarial experience and experience in corporate benefits management. They help us deliver cost-effective and comprehensive services to our clients, assisting with benefit plan design and communications, day-to-day plan administration support, and preparation of administrative forms and required government filings.