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Ballard Spahr LLP
United States

Work Department

Business and Transactions


Partner and Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group


Brian M. Pinheiro is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group and has served as Chair of the firm’s Business and Transactions Department.

He represents for-profit, tax-exempt, church, and government employers on matters relating to executive compensation, including Section 409A and the Section 280G golden parachute rules; tax-qualified retirement plans, including cash balance pension plans; 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans; and health and welfare benefit plans.



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American Bar Association

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Pennsylvania Bar Association

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Adjunct Professor, courses on employee benefits policy and tax-qualified retirement plans

Board of Trustees, Settlement Music School, the largest community school of the arts in the United States

PENJERDEL Employee Benefits and Compensation Association (PEBA)


The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D. 1995); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. 1997); Boston College (B.A. 1992).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design

(Leading lawyers)

Brian PinheiroBallard Spahr LLP

Praised for its ‘depth of knowledge in the benefits space’, Ballard Spahr LLP’s workload includes health and welfare benefit plans and defined benefit pension plans, as well as executive compensation matters and ESOPs. Also noted for its capability in handling tax-exemption issues, the team counts health care systems, colleges, universities and non-profitable organizations among its roster of clients. Brian Pinheiro leads the practice from the firm’s office in Philadelphia and handles compliance matters relating to section 409A and 280G golden parachute rules, tax-qualified retirement mandates and 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans. Also based in Philadelphia, counsel Edward Leeds focuses on health and welfare benefit plans work.