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United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: health insurers
Healthcare: health insurers - ranked: tier 3

Groom Law Group

The health and welfare practice at Groom Law Group impresses with 'in-depth knowledge, creative thinking and high awareness of market trends'. The team, which mainly acts for institutional clients and public sector employers, specialises in advising on federal healthcare reforms, including the Affordable Care Act, as well as issues relating to Medicare, privacy and security, ERISA and the Anti-Kickback Statute. Other practice areas include M&A and advocacy, while the firm also advises on the development of new products and services. Seth Perretta and recommended partner Jon Breyfogle provide general ACA regulatory guidance, including advice on the impact of federal payments on cost-sharing reductions, while Thomas Fitzgerald currently represents Emblem Health in its attempt to recover $70m in unpaid risk corridor obligations from the federal government. America's Health Insurance Plans is another longstanding client of Perretta's. Other notable partners include Tammy Killion, Lisa Campbell and Rachel Levy. The firm's sole office is located in Washington DC.

Next Generation Partners

Lisa Campbell - Groom Law Group

Rising stars

Ryan Temme - Groom Law Group

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 2

Groom Law Group

Groom Law Group’s Washington DC-based ERISA litigation team is involved in class actions and other complex litigation involving plan sponsors, financial services firms, investment managers, actuaries and other service providers. The ‘utterly unflappable, confident and knowledgeable’ Lars Golumbic heads the practice group, which also includes Michael Prame, who is rated for his ‘substantial knowledge in the field and ability to understand the bigger picture’. Sarah Adams and Mark Nielsen are defending Financial Engines and a number of welfare plan trustees in breach of fiduciary duty class action suits, while a team including Edward Meehan and associate Samuel Levin represented a multi-employer pension fund in a withdrawal liability arbitration valued in excess of $100m. The team is also noted for its ESOP litigation expertise.

Leading lawyers

Michael Prame - Groom Law Group

Next Generation Partners

Sarah Adams - Groom Law Group

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design - ranked: tier 1

Groom Law Group

The attorneys at the ‘premier’ Washington DC-based Groom Law Group are ‘the best of the best’ when it comes to employee benefits and executive compensation law. Allison Ullman is ‘a true pleasure to work with’ and David Levine ‘brings great experience and intelligence to his work’. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Jeff Witt advises public and private companies on the full range of mandates including qualified retirement plans, executive compensation agreements, defined contribution plans and DOL audit preparations. Also of note are Rachel Leiser Levy (‘a rock star in the area of healthcare policy’), and Mark Lofgren, who specializes in matters concerning the IRS and the Department of the Treasury. Clients also recommended Stephen Saxon and Jeffrey Kroh for administrative and legislative matters concerning tax-exempt organizations and ERISA fiduciary compliance. Other names to note include Jon Breyfogle, Michael Prame and Thomas Roberts, all of whom have expertise in fiduciary compliance, health plan structuring and collective investment funds.

Leading lawyers

Jon Breyfogle - Groom Law Group

Mark Lofgren - Groom Law Group

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 3

Groom Law Group

Based in Washington DC, the multi-disciplinary practice at Groom Law Group recently advised on a number of pension de-risking exercises and related annuitization transactions, and also assisted with the employee benefit plan implications of multiple corporate spin-offs. Clients praised the team, which includes David Levine and Jeff Witt, for its ‘excellent collaborative culture’ and ‘vast breadth of knowledge’. The practice group was further strengthened in 2019 by the addition of Title 1 ERISA expert Kevin Walsh. Also recommended are Stephen Saxon and executive compensation practice leader Jeffrey Kroh, who were noted for their ‘experience, creativity and responsiveness’. Other key contacts include fiduciary responsibility practice co-head Jennifer Eller, health and welfare practice co-head Jon Breyfogle and managing partner Michael Prame.

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