Miller Johnson

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department

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What the team is known for Grand Rapids practice that maintains a solid track record acting for prominent regional financial services clients, as well as entities from the healthcare, retail and manufacturing sectors. Experienced in working with public-sector and private-sector as well as nonprofit clients. Offers extensive expertise in the formation and implementation of various types of benefit plan, including defined benefit pensions, employee stock ownership and cafeteria plans. Also well placed to assist clients with nonqualified deferred compensation plans, as well as benefit and compensation issues arising from mergers and acquisitions.

Strengths According to one client: "The firm is very responsive in meeting our needs, and its attorneys stay very abreast of changes in the law."

Clients also laud the team as "good attorneys who are knowledgeable in their area, and also responsive and nice to work with."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Steelcase in negotiating its withdrawal from participation in the Central States Pension Fund, including in regard to filing an appeal over the fund's calculation of withdrawal liability payments.

Notable practitioners

Clients regard
Frank Berrodin
as "an excellent resource" who "responds quickly and thoughtfully, in terms that are easy to understand." Peers especially highlight his handling of executive compensation issues.

Veteran practitioner
Jim Bruinsma
continues to advise on the creation, amendment and termination of a wide variety of pension plans. His long career spans more than four decades, with long-term clients noting: "He's very familiar with our culture and our way of thinking, so he's able to provide good, consistent counsel."