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Groom Law Group has been at the forefront of developments in the nation’s employee benefits laws since Congress passed ERISA in 1974, drawing many of its attorneys from the federal agencies that regulate employee benefits and forging strong ties with key players in the federal regulatory agencies and in Congress.

With nearly 70 attorneys dedicated to the employee benefits practice, Groom offers clients unparalleled coverage of issues and disputes arising from ERISA, the Tax Code, securities laws, HIPAA, COBRA, ADEA, and the many other laws that govern employee benefits. Working in nine different practice groups, Groom’s attorneys build upon their diverse backgrounds to share a common understanding of employee benefits law that enables them to integrate their efforts across areas of specialization to produce the best results for their clients. The firm prides itself on offering state-of-the-art advice on best practices and emerging trends in employee benefits to a diverse group of clients across the country. Groom emphasizes a team approach to clients that assures responsive and efficient service.

Types of work undertaken

Executive compensation: Groom’s executive compensation group assists employers and service providers with the development of executive compensation arrangements that satisfy corporate objectives while holding up under the scrutiny of federal regulatory agencies.

Fiduciary responsibility: from the first regulations issued by the Department of Labor to issues seen in today’s news, the attorneys in Groom’s fiduciary responsibility group have helped to shape every major administrative initiative related to ERISA’s fiduciary responsibility provisions. This experience allows them to effectively represent clients with respect to DOL and IRS audits and investigations.

Governmental plans: governmental plans are some of the largest plans in the nation, and while exempt from ERISA and significant parts of the Internal Revenue Code, they are subject to state or local law and special rules under the Internal Revenue Code. The firm represents many state and local plans of all types, including code 401(a), code 403(b) and code 457 plans.

Health and welfare: Groom’s nationally recognized health and welfare group provides expert advice and counsel on a broad spectrum of healthcare matters to large employers, managed care organizations, insurance companies, third-party administrators, benefits counseling firms, and a host of other clients. The group is playing a major role helping clients meet the challenges posed by the massive new federal health care reform legislation.

Litigation: the team handles benefits-related controversies ranging from routine claims disputes and federal agency investigations to ESOP litigation to complex class action and multi-district litigation for plan sponsors, financial institutions, managed care organizations, service providers, trade associations, plan fiduciaries and other clients across the country.

Multi-employer/Taft-Hartley plans: the firm’s attorneys focus on multi-employer plan issues, representing both multi-employer pension and welfare plans, as well as contributing employers, with respect to issues such as plan funding, fiduciary compliance, mass withdrawal, insolvency, and compliance with ‘endangered’ and ‘critical’ status requirements.

Plan design and taxation: the attorneys on this team work with Fortune 100 companies, national associations, government entities, churches and financial institutions to design and maintain employee benefit plans that adhere to regulatory standards and evolve to meet the needs of their sponsors.

Plan funding and restructuring: Groom’s plan funding and restructuring group negotiates and litigates complex benefits issues, and provides creative, forward-looking advice on pension and health liabilities to clients involved in corporate transactions, bankruptcies, and their business restructurings.

Policy and legislation: drawing on its substantive expertise and hands-on experience, Groom works on benefits-related policies and legislation with Congress and the executive branch on behalf of trade associations, plan sponsors, financial institutions, healthcare organizations and other clients from the benefits community.

Managing Partner John F McGuiness

Chairman Stephen M Saxon

Number of Partners: 35

Number of Other Fee-Earners: 31

Above material supplied by Groom Law Group Chartered.

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