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Employee benefit plans are a significant component of any compensation package. Well designed and competitive employee benefit plans are critical for attracting and retaining key talent and achieving business and human resource objectives. Efficient, cost-effective plans create value for business owners or shareholders. Many laws enacted in the last few decades, from ERISA to health care legislation, subject such plans to highly complex and comprehensive rules and regulations that employers must deal with to maintain such plans successfully.

Our attorneys provide a full range of legal services relating to the laws affecting employee benefit plans. We provide creative and practical solutions to the employee benefit problems and objectives of our clients. We take a pro-active approach, keeping our clients informed of changes in the law affecting their benefit plans through newsletters and direct communication. We monitor and update existing plans to maintain compliance in the fast-changing regulatory environment.

We work with a diverse group of clients, both public and private, that sponsor a wide variety of employee benefit plans, ranging in size from as few as one participant to more than 100,000 participants. We serve companies across the U.S. For example, we are employee benefits counsel to a major consumer products company headquartered in New York.

Our attorneys are nationally recognized in the area of Employee Benefits and ERISA litigation. Several members of our team have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, and our practice chair is a Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.

Publications

Beware the tail of the dog: 5 tips in dealing with employee benefits in mergers and acquisitions

Benefit issues impacting older workers

An ERISA claim check: 9 tips for effective and compliant claims procedures

Someone to watch over me and my 401(k)

Forewarned is forearmed? PBGC FAQs clarify the use of the early warning program

Something there is that doesn’t love a regulation

Supreme Court clarifies definition of ‘church plan’ under ERISA

DOL revises guidance regarding exercise of shareholder rights by ERISA fiduciaries

Halo looms over new decision that adds to ERISA risks for claims administrators

Are HR employees ‘investment advisors’ under the DOL’s fiduciary rule?

Did you consider the COBRA implications of your severance arrangement?

Technology companies: Are your employment policies due for a reboot?

IRS issues new rules for 'closed' defined benefit plans

Section 409A: Top 10 rules for compliant non-qualified deferred compensation

Get the basics on two federal bills affecting employee benefits

Staffing agency workers and ACA offers of coverage

New rules on the block: SEC targets executive compensation

Nonqualified deferred compensation plan update

IRS releases final forms for Health Care Reform reporting

DOL claims most workers classified as independent contractors are "employees" covered by the FLSA

Two key legislative developments impact wellness plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans

Department of Labor issues final regulations on annual funding notices

2014 pension plan regulatory highlights

The battle over 4062(e) 'facility closure' liability

Final regulations on qualified longevity annuity contracts

GAO report shines spotlight on key issues for managed accounts in 401(k) plans

IRS guidance on the application of the Affordable Care Act’s market reform provisions to HRAs and FSAs

Health care reform reporting requirements: Final rules

Full disclosure: A practical guide for the HR professional when preparing the retirement plan portions of a proxy statement

Private sector pension de-risking and participant protections

SEC proposed rules on CEO pay ratios: What employee benefits professionals need to know

IRS provides some guidance on federal tax matters for same-sex marriage

Health FSA carryover amendments - Proceed with caution

Missouri employers take note: don't wait to challenge the timeliness of a charge under the Missouri Human Rights Act

U.S. Department of Labor updates FMLA guidance about who is a "spouse" following Supreme Court ruling

Illinois employers face decision as appellate court limits offer of at-will employment as consideration for competition restrictions

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down DOMA: What it means for plan sponsors

NLRB posting requirement struck down by court; federal contractors still on the hook

Blog Posts

How to avoid tax traps in life insurance

Higher ed braces for flood of lawsuits over retirement plans

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Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6021

Cathy focuses her practice on employee benefits, taxation and closely-held businesses.

Cathy focuses her practice on employee benefits, taxation and closely-held ...

Cathy Conrad
Senior Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6400

Paul focuses his practice on employee benefits law and taxation.

Paul focuses his practice on employee benefits law and taxation.

Paul Griesemer
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6568

During her more than 30 years of legal practice, Lori has been helping clients solve some of the most challenging employee benefit problems.

During her more than 30 years of legal practice, Lori has been helping...

Lori Jones
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6522

Michael's practice is focused on providing practical, comprehensive solutions that meet the business goals of clients in the employee benefits area of human resources law...

Michael's practice is focused on providing practical, comprehensive solutio...

Michael Lane
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6470

Rick is one of the few attorneys nationwide who devotes his entire practice to the defense of employers in ERISA litigation related to pension, life, health, and disabili...

Rick is one of the few attorneys nationwide who devotes his entire practice...

Rick Pautler
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6217

In an era of escalating pension liabilities and sweeping health care reforms, Trish serves as an employee benefits advisor to public and privately-owned businesses and&nb...

In an era of escalating pension liabilities and sweeping health care reform...

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