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Jon Breyfogle

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Groom Law Group

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Health and Welfare, Fiduciary Responsibility, Policy and Legislation.


Jon W. Breyfogle is a principal at Groom Law Group in Washington D.C..  Currently, Mr. Breyfogle is the co-practice group leader of the firm’s health and welfare practice group and is an active member of the firm’s fiduciary practice group.  From 2006 to 2011, he had the honor of serving as Groom’s Executive Principal.  Before joining the firm, Mr. Breyfogle enjoyed a diverse career in the government, serving in political and civil service positions at the Department of Labor, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and Office of Management and Budget.

Mr. Breyfogle is an expert on ERISA’s fiduciary rules, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the federal and state regulation of health insurance companies.   His practice includes advice to financial institutions, health insurers, and plan sponors on regulatory and legislative strategies, compliance, and defense of federal and state investigations. As part of his health practice, he represents a number of the nation’s largest health insurers and their trade associations on the ACA and other federal and state laws that regulate health insurance.  He regularly engages in advocacy on behalf of the firm’s clients before the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury.  As part of his ERISA practice, Mr. Breyfogle regularly counsels large employers on their fiduciary responsibilities under ERISA.  In this capacity, he supports plan investment and administrative committees by providing fiduciary training, fee and expense analyses, reviews of plan governance and administrative practices, and negotiation of recordkeeping and investment management agreements.  He has also assisted several large employers that have frozen or eliminated their company stock funds in light of the current ERISA litigation risks.

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Groom Law Group (1992-present); Partner (1996); Managing Partner (2006-2011); Senior Legislative Officer, Department of Labor’s Office of Congressional Affairs (1989-1992); Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (1987-1989); Policy Analyst, Office of Management and Budget (1985-1987); Presidential Management Intern, U.S. Government (1985); Governor's Fellow, State of Illinois (1983); Admitted to District of Columbia and Maryland Bar.


Board of Directors, American Benefits Counsel.


J.D., with distinction, George Mason University Law School (Graduated 1st, Evening Division, Law Review); M.P.A., Indiana University, Phi Alpha Alpha, Lilly Community Fellow; B.A., with honors, University of Cincinnati.

United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: health insurers

Within: Healthcare: health insurers

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.

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design

Within: Leading lawyers

Jon Breyfogle - Groom Law Group

Within: Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design

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 knowledgeableJeff 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.

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Within: Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

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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