Baker & Hostetler LLP

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded practice with significant experience in collectively bargained benefits plans, including multi-employer pension funds. Well known for its expertise in ACA and ERISA matters, and plan compliance and litigation. Routinely handles EBEC aspects of M&A. Works with a broad range of clients, including multiple employer plans, health sector entities and national retailers.

Strengths"They're very responsive and available, and they have a good network of administrative personnel," one client confirms, adding that "they're a really supportive firm, and they've grown to be an integral part of the way we function."

"The firm is very strong and well respected in the retirement and financial services business line, and the team's overall knowledge and the quality of their work are top-of-the-line," commentators note.

"Baker is a fine firm, with solid corporate lawyers who are well versed in Ohio law," say peers.

Work highlights Represented The Boston Herald in negotiations with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and a number of multi-employer pension plans, in the context of a bankruptcy largely caused by pension liability.

Notable practitioners

Ann Caresani
"thinks holistically about litigation and regulation together, and about how things ought to work, which is helpful from a client's perspective," commentators say. Her recent client base comprises business executives, board members, owners, professional service advisers and in-house counsel.

Georgeann Peters
is "great at summarizing the issues and has an understanding of business risk and how it plays into decision making," one client notes, adding: "Her advice is comprehensive and comprehensible." She is well placed to handle regulatory and transaction-related benefits concerns.

John McGowan
is "excellent in the employee benefits space, particularly on complex benefits matters," say sources. He is skilled in many forms of benefits disputes, including worker misclassification, multi-employer plan controversies, compensatory arrangements and ERISA class actions.

Raymond Malone
is "bright, thoughtful, articulate and practical," reports one peer, who adds: "I have a great deal of respect for him." He is highly experienced in advising on the full life cycle of plans, ranging from both qualified and nonqualified retirement programs to welfare and fringe benefit plans.

Susan Lubow
maintains a comprehensive view of the employee benefits domain, advising clients on issues ranging from ERISA compliance and executive compensation to retirement, health and welfare plans. She is well versed in ESOPs and all elements of multiple employer plans and arrangements.