Groom Law Group, Chartered
1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-5811

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Related Information


  • 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
Brigen L. Winters
"Although employee benefits may not have been regarded as very high-profile in the past, pension and health-related issues are now grabbing the headlines." More from Brigen's perspective

Brigen L. Winters is a principal at Groom Law Group, Chartered, a firm of over 60 attorneys that focuses on ERISA and employee benefits issues. Mr. Winters co-chairs the firm's Policy and Legislation practice group and is a member of the firm's Health and Welfare, Executive Compensation, Plan Design and Taxation, and Public and Multiemployer Plans practice groups. Mr. Winters’ practice includes counseling plan sponsors and service providers regarding health and welfare, executive compensation and tax-qualified retirement plans, and advising employers, plan administrators, trade associations, and coalitions on legislative and regulatory matters.

Mr. Winters advises clients concerning the full range of laws that affect the administration of health and welfare benefit plans, cafeteria plans, health savings accounts, retiree medical plans, and other health arrangements. He also assists clients with obtaining federal agency rulings and submitting comments to the IRS and the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services in response to agency guidance. Over the last several years, Mr. Winters has worked extensively on health care reform issues related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Mr. Winters also advises clients regarding the design and administration of executive deferred compensation plans, equity compensation plans, and tax-qualified retirement plans for large public and private companies.  He has worked extensively on executive and nonqualified deferred compensation issues, including the design of 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 83, 162(m), 409A, and 457A, and with respect to other "top-hat" plan and rabbi trust design and compliance issues. He also has worked extensively on multiemployer and single-employer pension plan funding issues.

Mr. Winters returned to the firm in January 2002 after serving for three years as majority tax counsel to the House Committee on Ways and Means. While on the Committee on Ways and Means staff, he was responsible for all issues related to health, retirement and executive compensation issues, including the Portman-Cardin pension reform legislation that was enacted as part of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001. Mr. Winters also advised Members and staff on issues related to Social Security, tax-exempt organizations, and the taxation of insurance companies and their products.

Mr. Winters is a frequent speaker and writer on issues in the employee benefits area. 

Honors & Distinctions

  • Listed, The Legal 500 US, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2007, 2011-2013)
  • Health Care Reform Editorial Contributor, "Second Opinion," Plan Sponsor Magazine

Previous Experience

  • Tax Counsel, Majority Staff, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means

Professional Affiliations

  • Advisory Board, American Benefits Council