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Faegre Drinker

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

2 ranked lawyersBand 3California: Los Angeles & SurroundsUSA 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Noted for its wealth of expertise in employee benefits issues. Experienced with handling a variety of matters on behalf of plan sponsors, service providers and fiduciaries. Offers expertise in ERISA compliance as well as ESOP transactions. Regularly represents plan sponsors and fiduciaries in relation to IRS and Department of Labor investigations and audits.

Strengths

Interviewees say: "The team's strengths include responsiveness and the ability to listen, explain and work through complex scenarios."

Sources report: "The team has a very wide range of legal expertise."

Clients say that the team has "lots of knowledge and is business-friendly."

Work highlights

Assisted PAQ with the employee benefits aspects of the sale of securities to a tax-qualified retirement plan, which included the creation of an employee-owned stock ownership plan to transfer ownership of a large business to 1,300 employees.

Notable practitioners

Bruce Ashton has considerable expertise advising service providers and fiduciaries on employees benefits issues including ERISA compliance.
"Bruce is amazingly responsive and always has a good plan, solid answers and gives a choice of approaches." "Bruce is awesome. He is very smart, always makes time and is very responsive."

Fred Reish is noted as a strong ERISA specialist in the employee benefits and executive compensation space.
"He is smart, respectful, easy to work with and always willing to share his expertise and perspective. His input makes every work product more thoughtful and useful to a variety of audiences." "He is an experienced and extremely knowledgeable lawyer."

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California: Los Angeles & Surrounds

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation


Bruce Ashton
Band 3
Fred Reish
Band 3