- Policy and Legislation
- Health and Welfare
- Executive Compensation
- Plan Design and Taxation
- Multiemployer/Taft-Hartley Plans
- LL.M., Taxation, with Employee Benefits Certificate, Georgetown University Law Center
- J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
- B.A., summa cum laude, James Madison University
Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia
Brigen L. Winters is a principal at Groom Law Group, Chartered, where he chairs the firm's Policy and Legislation practice group. Mr. Winters counsels employers, plan administrators, financial institutions, insurers, trade associations, and coalitions on health and welfare, retirement, tax, and executive compensation issues, and on regulatory and legislative matters.
Mr. Winters returned to Groom in 2002 after serving as majority tax counsel to the House Committee on Ways and Means, where he was responsible for all issues related to retirement, health, executive compensation, insurance, and tax-exempt organizations. He uses his many years of “inside the beltway” experience and his knowledge of substantive and procedural issues to assist clients on compliance issues and obtaining favorable outcomes through regulatory guidance from the Internal Revenue Service and Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services and legislative amendments from Congress.
Mr. Winters’ practice includes the full range of laws that affect the administration of health and welfare benefit plans, cafeteria plans, health reimbursement, health savings and flexible savings accounts, retiree medical plans, private exchanges, and health funding arrangements. He works extensively on health care reform compliance, reporting, product design, and public policy matters related to the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Winters counsels clients on all aspects of tax-qualified and individual retirement plans, including plan design and administration, tax and ERISA, and multiemployer and single-employer pension plan funding issues. He also counsels clients regarding the design and administration of executive deferred compensation plans, equity and long-term incentive plans, and rabbi trust and other funding arrangements, including the design and administration of nonqualified deferred compensation plans, supplemental executive retirement plans (SERPs), change in control and severance arrangements, employment agreements, bonus plans, and equity awards in compliance with Internal Revenue Code sections 409A, 162(m), 3121(v), 83, 280G, and 457A.
Mr. Winters is a frequent speaker and writer on issues in the health, retirement, executive compensation, and tax areas. He is often quoted in trade and national publications and co-writes a column, Second Opinions, on health care reform issues for Plan Sponsor’s newsletter and magazine.
Honors & Distinctions
- Listed, The Legal 500 US, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2007, 2011-2014)
- Listed, The Legal 500 US, Healthcare (2015)
- Health Care Reform Editorial Contributor, "Second Opinions," Plan Sponsor Newsletter and Magazine
- Tax Counsel, Majority Staff, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means
- Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
- American Benefits Council