Lisa Loesel focuses her practice on employee benefits matters, including the design, amendment and administration of pension and 401(k) plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, and employee stock ownership plans. She counsels privately and publicly held corporations regarding the employee benefits design and transition matters arising from corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. She also advises clients regarding fiduciary and plan investment issues under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Lisa also has experience counseling plan fiduciaries with respect to the claims and appeals procedures under ERISA.

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  • Structured a 401(k) plan spin-off with complex company stock fund issues required to facilitate the client’s divestiture of a business segment valued at $2.1 billion
  • Advised on real estate investment trust (REIT) transaction issues pertaining to a company stock fund and leveraged employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) fund, for a client conducting an REIT spin-off
  • Advised clients on strategies for reducing pension liabilities, including hard plan freezes, soft plan freezes, plan terminations, implementation of permanent lump sum distribution features and lump sum distribution windows

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  • Legal 500 United States, 2019
  • Super Lawyers 2016 – 2019, “Rising Star”
  • Leading Lawyers 2016, “Emerging Lawyer”


University of Michigan Law School, JD, 2006
Yale University, BA, 2001


Lisa K. Loesel

Insights & Events / Media

Chicago, Illinois / McDermott Event / May 10, 2017

On the Subject / December 19, 2016

Bloomberg BNA Pension & Benefits Daily / March 23, 2016

Bloomberg BNA Pension & Benefits Daily / May 2, 2014