J. Rose Zaklad
Rosie started out wanting to practice corporate tax, but discovered a preference for employee benefits soon after becoming a practicing attorney. While she thoroughly enjoys a complicated tax problem, she also appreciates the human connection to employee benefits. She notes, "Practicing in this area allows me to help companies provide the best possible retirement benefits to their employees, while navigating a very complex area of tax law."
She considers working at Groom a real privilege. "I get to work with, and learn from, the best and the brightest in my field, some of whom may have helped write the laws and regulations I am tasked with interpreting. Even though they are some of the foremost experts in their field, my Groom colleagues remain accessible. From my colleagues, I have learned the importance of providing plain English, practical solutions to our clients' technical problems."
She believes that in addition to providing practical solutions, what sets Groom apart is the ability to assess and solve a benefits problem in a multi-disciplinary way. For example, a straightforward qualified plan correction under the IRS's correction program could also raise prohibited transaction issues or could result in potential litigation. She says, "At Groom, individuals with specialized knowledge and expertise in each of these areas are eager to work together to assist our clients to solve all of their employee benefits-related problems."