As employee benefits legislation and regulation grow in complexity and the global workforce becomes more interconnected, the demands placed on employers and employee benefit plan administrators are increasing in intensity. Plan sponsors and fiduciaries must continually reexamine and redesign employee benefit programs in light of the latest government guidance, case law and emerging industry best practices, domestically and internationally.
The Legal 500 has named our employee benefits and executive compensation team and individual lawyers among the top providers in the country, and US News-Best Lawyers honored us as the first-ever “Law Firm of the Year” in Employee Benefits in 2011-2012. Chambers USA has also named McDermott “Law Firm of the Year” in Employee Benefits, and has singled out many of our lawyers for individual recognition.
As pioneers in the field of employee benefits and executive compensation, McDermott’s lawyers have advised clients on virtually every form of benefit plan created. Rather than offering adjunct or add-on counsel in this area, we are focused on employee benefits issues above all else. We provide ongoing employee benefits counsel to more than 60 Fortune 500 companies and one-fifth of Fortune 100 companies. We also advise service providers for employee benefit plans maintained by other employers, including trustees, recordkeepers and insurers. Our broad client base allows us to help clients recognize new trends in the field and quickly identify and address potential legal hurdles.
Our lawyers handle the full range of issues that affect 401(k) plans, profit sharing plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), pension plans (including cash balance and other hybrid pension plans), non-qualified deferred compensation and executive compensation plans, health and welfare benefit plans, employment agreements and fringe benefit plans. To help minimize potential risks, we regularly conduct compliance reviews in various areas, such as tax qualification, COBRA compliance and fiduciary compliance matters. We also provide privacy and data security advice to help ensure that plan compliance obligations are met when regulated personal data is made accessible to plan service providers.