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Paul Griesemer

Senior Counsel

St. Louis
314 552 6400 direct
314 552 7400 fax

Paul focuses his practice on employee benefits law and taxation.

He has extensive experience in all aspects of employee benefit plans, including qualified and non-qualified deferred compensation and retirement income plans, stock option and other incentive compensation plans for both public and closely held businesses, merger and acquisition issues, and ESOPs (including the use of ESOPs in leveraged buy-outs). Paul also has experience in estate planning, particularly the area of business succession.

Paul is one of the leading practitioners in his field. He is a frequent speaker before both local and national professional and business groups. He is a Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Mr. Griesemer has been listed in Best Lawyers in America® (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.) every year since 1987, Who's Best 1000 Lawyers in America, Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, and Best Lawyers - 2011 St. Louis Employee Benefits Lawyer of the Year.

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Publications

"Qualified Plan Contributions for the Self-Employed -- The Mathematics of Parity -- An Update";
The Compensation Planning Journal, March 4, 1994

"Transferring an IRA to a Trust Saves Taxes While Performing Control Over Disposition";
Taxation for Accountants, December 1988

"Tax Aspects of Structured Settlements";
The St. Louis Bar Journal, Fall 1983

Presentations

"Bonus Arrangements; Employment Contracts; Severance Plans – Frequent Problems";
Presentation for clients, March 4, 2010

"409A - Income Inclusion Rules and Error Corrections in 2009";
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, March 12, 2009

"Final 403(b) Regulations";
Presentation for clients, May 15, 2008

"409A Regulations"
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, December 1, 2005

"Employee Benefits Current Legal Developments";
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, March 17, 2005

"Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions";
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, October 24, 2002

"Benefit Distributions Under Final 401(a)(9) Regulations";
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, July 16, 2002

"ESOP's for S Corporations"
DFK International/USA, Inc., June 27, 2002

"ESOP's for S Corporations";
Missouri Society of CPAs, November 4, 2001

"401(a)(9) Proposed Regulations Qualified Plan Design/Drafting Implications";
WEB, August 29, 2002

"Repeal of Code Section 415(e)";
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, October 28, 1999

"ESOP’s for S Corporations";
Bar Association of St. Louis, August 27, 1998

"Worker Classification – New Leased Employee Rules";
WEB, November 18, 1997

"New Benefits Legislation";
Bar Association of St. Louis, October 24, 1996

"Estate Planning for Qualified Retirement Benefits - Goldilocks Taxes and QUIP/IRA";
Estate Planning Council, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 18, 1996

"QDRO Update for Domestic Relations and Benefits Attorneys";
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, January 25, 1996

"Ethics Issues for Lawyers and Other Benefits Practitioners";
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, May 25, 1995

"Disqualified Plans -- Tax Consequences and Rescue Techniques";
Springfield, Kansas City, St. Louis, December, 1994

"Implementing 404 (c) Regulations";
Midwest Region Benefits Conference (IRS and ASPA), Chicago, Illinois, April 24, 1995

"Tax and Estate Planning for Qualified Retirement Benefits — Goldilocks Taxes and QTIP/IRA";
AALU Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., March 7, 1995

"Estate Planning for Qualified Retirement Benefits"
International Association of Financial Planners - Annual IAFP Conference, Dallas, Texas, September 20, 1993