Representation of sponsors of governmental plans has constituted a significant component of the Employee Benefits and Compensation Group’s practice for many years. The majority of our governmental clients sponsor a defined benefit plan as well as one or more defined contribution plans and 457(b) plans, and they rely on us to provide advice with regard to all employee benefit issues requiring the assistance of outside counsel.
We advise our clients on the many specialized provisions of the Internal Revenue Code applicable to governmental plans. We work to ensure our governmental clients’ benefit plans are in compliance with all legal requirements. We provide counsel on and assistance with:
Because a significant portion of our practice includes assisting government employers, we understand the particular challenges associated with creating and operating government retirement plans. Through our representation of a significant number of governmental clients and our involvement with organizations such as the American Bar Association, the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys and the Connecticut Public Pension Forum, we regularly interact with administrators and fiduciaries of governmental plans as well as senior representatives of the Internal Revenue Service.