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Practice Areas

Joan Neri has represented plan sponsors and plan service providers on matters involving benefits, compensation and ERISA compliance since 1988. She advises on the design of qualified retirement plans (including ESOPs), nonqualified executive compensation plans and welfare benefit plans, day-to-day plan administrative issues, and transaction planning involving benefit plan acquisitions, plan mergers and plan terminations. Joan represents plan service providers (including registered investment advisers, broker-dealers, third-party administrators, and recordkeepers) in fulfilling their obligations under ERISA, including fiduciary status and the considerations associated with structuring, developing and offering investment products and services to ERISA plans. She is a frequent speaker throughout the country on legislative and regulatory developments impacting service providers to ERISA plans, ERISA fiduciaries and employee benefit plans and has authored numerous articles on these topics. Joan is a contributor to Drinker Biddle’s Broker-Dealer Law Blog.

Professional Memberships

Bar Admissions: New Jersey


National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA)

American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA)

Plan Sponsor Council of America, Legal & Legislative Committee

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)



New York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation;

Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., Seton Hall Law Review;

Rutgers University (Douglass College), B.A.