Brian J. Tiemann - McDermott Will & Emery


Brian J. Tiemann counsels public and private companies on a broad range of employee benefit matters, including matters related to pension plans, 401(k) plans and executive and incentive compensation. He advises plan fiduciaries with respect to their fiduciary duties, investment policies and alternative investments. He also advises multinational clients on global employee benefits matters, particularly with respect to global incentive compensation plans. Brian has extensive experience negotiating investment management agreements and service provider agreements.

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  • Advised multiple clients on the Department of Labor’s recent regulations expanding the definition of fiduciary, including advice specific to the appointment of service providers as fiduciaries to provide participant investment advice
  • Negotiated multiple investment management agreements each related to the investment of more than $1 billion in assets of tax-qualified pension plans and nuclear decommissioning trusts
  • Represented multiple clients, including a Fortune 500 company, in the transition of their 401(k) plans, pension plans, equity and incentive compensation plans, supplemental deferred compensation plans and employee stock purchase plans to new record-keepers

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  • The Legal 500 US, Recommended, 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2022 to 2023


  • Arts Midwest, board of directors
  • Legal Counsel for Health Justice, board of directors
  • Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, alum


University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 2008
St. John’s University, BA, magna cum laude, 2000