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Groom Law Group, Chartered
United States




Brigen Winters counsels employers, plan administrators, financial institutions, insurers, trade associations, and coalitions on retirement, health and welfare, tax, executive compensation, regulatory, and legislative matters.

Brigen helps clients achieve compliance and obtain favorable outcomes through amendments from Congress and regulatory guidance from the IRS and Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services. He counsels clients on all aspects of tax-qualified and individual retirement plans, including plan design and administration, tax and ERISA, and pension plan funding issues.

His practice also includes the full range of laws that affect the administration of health and welfare benefit plans, cafeteria plans, health reimbursement, health savings and flexible savings accounts, retiree medical plans, private exchanges, and health funding arrangements. He works extensively on health care reform compliance, reporting, product design, and public policy matters related to the Affordable Care Act and American Health Care Act.

Brigen also counsels clients regarding the design and administration of executive deferred compensation plans, equity and long-term incentive plans, rabbi trust, and other funding arrangements including the design and administration of nonqualified deferred compensation plans, supplemental executive retirement plans, change in control and severance arrangements, employment agreements, bonus plans, and equity awards in compliance with IRC Sections 409A, 162(m), 3121(v), 83, 280G, and 457A.

Brigen chairs Groom’s Policy and Legislative Practice, and is a frequent speaker and writer on issues in the health, retirement, executive compensation, and tax areas.


  • Tax Counsel, Majority Staff, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means


  • Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • American Benefits Council


  • Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • American Benefits Council


Georgetown University Law Center
LL.M., Taxation, with Employee Benefits Certificate
University of Virginia School of Law
James Madison University
B.A., summa cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

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

Washington DC-based boutique firm Groom Law Group, Chartered’s experienced team handles the provision of the full spectrum of benefits, health and retirement matters, advising a range of plan sponsors on plan design, compliance and addressing new legal developments, alongside providing counsel to a number of financial institutions that provide products and services in the benefits area. Standout partner David Levine advises an array of clients on employee benefits matters, including both retirement and executive compensation to health and welfare plan matters, while Jon Breyfogle is experienced in fiduciary and health matters. Jennifer Eller advises large corporate and public plan sponsors on all aspects of ERISA fiduciary compliance, and Brigen Winters counsels a range of clients on a variety of matters, with a notable legislative focus. Michael Kreps has expertise in benefit plan recordkeeping and the development of financial and insurance products. Daniel Hogans advises clients on a wide range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, with Christine Keller focusing on the administration of welfare benefit plans, cafeteria plans, health savings accounts, and other employee benefit arrangements. Bolstering the team is Mark Lofgren, who specializes in the handling of tax-qualified and nonqualified retirement plan arrangements.