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United States : Industry focus
Within Healthcare: health insurers, Groom Law Group is a second tier firm,
With its sole office in Washington DC, Groom Law Group is particularly strong in the area of healthcare reform, and has established a reputation for providing advice to payors on the PPACA, including in relation to annual limits, grandfathering status and health insurance exchanges. It has also worked with a major payor on the innovative use of a captive insurer to lower the cost of health benefits for small employers. Mark Nielsen has ‘amazing Health and Human Services contacts and is able to assist in obtaining blanket waivers for Health Reimbursement Accounts’; and Christy Tinnes is noted as ‘a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act expert’.
United States : Labor and employment
Within Employee benefits and executive compensation, Groom Law Group is a first tier firm,
With over 50 attorneys dedicated solely to employee benefits matters, Groom Law Group is distinct from the larger law firms whose EBEC practices are based around corporate departments and transactions. The firm acts as lead outside counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies in relation to executive compensation design, compliance and correction issues, and the group ‘does not compromise thoroughness and accuracy for responsiveness’; ‘the level of service is phenomenally high’. Its location in Washington DC ‘enables it to follow developments in the law in these areas and provide its clients with a “heads-up” on matters’. The ‘extremely knowledgeable, practical and responsible’ Elizabeth Dold is currently chair of the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) of the IRS. Other recommended lawyers include executive compensation group chair John McGuiness; health and welfare expert Christy Tinnes, noted for her ability to ‘translate complicated laws and legal issues into clear, understandable explanations for non-lawyers’; and the ‘exceptional’ Andrée St Martin. The ‘proactive and very thorough’ Jeffrey Kroh focuses on plan design and taxation work, as does the ‘extremely responsive’ David Levine. Other acclaimed individuals include Mark Lofgren, Louis Mazawey, Lonie Hassel, Brigen Winters, Gary Ford and firm chairman Stephen Saxon. Clients include American Benefits Council, Eli Lilly, Prudential Financial and Viacom.
Within ERISA litigation , Groom Law Group is a second tier firm,
Groom Law Group is renowned for its technical advice on ERISA matters, and also fields an impressive team of ERISA litigators. ‘It does many things well, but its attorneys’ knowledge of ERISA and benefits set it apart from other firms. Others tend to be litigators that have handled some benefits cases. This firm, on the other hand, has benefits attorneys with a litigation practice’. Indeed according to one client, ‘with respect to federal litigation and general ERISA work, it has no peer. It is the best’. ‘This firm has shown it is extremely cost efficient with excellent results and creative solutions and I always look forward to working with it’. The firm was recently retained to defend Wilmington Trust in putative class action lawsuits relating to the investment of 401(k) plan assets in company stock; defended Regions Bank in a putative class action brought by retirement and welfare plans for which Regions Bank serves as a trustee relating to certain mutual fund investment options available on Regions Bank’s investment platform, and defended the same bank in putative class action lawsuits relating to the investment of 401(k) plan assets in company stock and the fees of affiliated mutual funds. Michael Prame ‘is an exceptionally gifted litigation attorney. He provides solid advice on a variety of matters, and is strong in litigation strategy’. Edward Scallet is ‘particularly skilled at seeing the bigger picture. He is not only a great attorney, he is also a skilled business leader’ and Lars Golumbic ‘can explain complex concepts that can be understood by the layperson’. Other recommended lawyers include Gary Ford, Thomas Gigot and Lonie Hassel.
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