Joseph (Joe) K. Urwitz focuses his practice on employee benefits, executive compensation and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) fiduciary matters. He advises clients on a wide range of issues, including fiduciary duties and prohibited transactions, employee benefit matters arising in mergers and acquisitions, benefits issues unique to nonprofit entities, deferred compensation arrangements, equity award and bonus plan design, employment and severance arrangements, and qualified plan work.

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  • Advises a Fortune 100 company on complex questions concerning qualified and nonqualified plan design and administration, and whether particular investments under consideration for inclusion in its multibillion-dollar defined benefit plan are ERISA-compliant
  • Prepared revised severance and equity incentive plans for a top-20 privately held company as it welcomed a large number of new officers to its ranks
  • Recommended an organizational structure to limit ERISA exposure for a hedge fund affiliate of an investment firm managing $900 million in equity investments

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  • Chambers USA 2018, Recognized Practitioner, Massachusetts: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • 2015 Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award for What Private Equity and Hedge Funds (and Their Benefit Plan Investors) Should Know About ERISA


University of Chicago Law School, JD, 2005
Williams College, BA, cum laude, 2002