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Groom Top Ranked by Chambers USA 2017 Guide

May 2017

Groom Law Group is proud to announce that Chambers USA, once again, ranked Groom as a Band 1 firm for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation both nationally and in the District of Columbia. The firm was ranked nationally as a top firm for ERISA Litigation and listed as a noted firm for Healthcare in the District of Columbia.

   

Editorial Commentary

Distinguished employee benefits boutique, widely praised for its handling of a broad array of tax and benefit issues. Highly sought after for its well-established connections to governmental entities and its specialized expertise in matters such as executive compensation, fiduciary responsibility, and plan funding and restructuring.

Celebrated for its breadth, advising on the full panoply of employee benefits and compensation issues including health and welfare, ERISA Title I fiduciary responsibility matters, multiemployer plans and executive compensation arrangements.

Boutique firm with a group of talented litigators handling all manner of contentious employee benefits and executive compensation matters. Provides assistance with the full range of litigation under ERISA including church plan and stock drop cases, alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and ESOP disputes.

Client Comments

"I believe Groom is an exceptional firm. They not only provide solid legal advice, they take the time to get to know our company and business - sometimes they feel more like an extension of our legal staff. Their contacts within the government are unmatched and they don't hesitate to tap into those contacts for the benefit of the client."

"Provides great insight into the industry and regulators, which I cannot obtain elsewhere." 

Notable Practitioners

Gary Ford is a highly experienced practitioner reputed as "the dean of Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation pension plans" and an expert on the effect of bankruptcies on employee benefit plans, regularly acting on both the creditor and debtor sides. He offers counsel to significant national service providers, fiduciaries and sponsors.

Louis Mazawey has extensive experience advising on the most complex challenges facing companies' benefit plans. He maintains his solid reputation as "one of the top" in the industry.

David Levine handles a range of benefits and compensation matters for service providers, often advising sponsors. He possesses noted strength in redesigning health, welfare, retirement and executive plans.

According to sources, Andrée St. Martin is "one of the most practical attorneys you will ever meet," and she is acknowledged further as "extremely knowledgeable, quick and pragmatic." Her specialty lies in complex issues surrounding Title I of ERISA, and also provides advice across the full spectrum of issues facing governmental plans and on fiduciary responsibilities.

Christine Keller is a "health plan expert," assisting insurers and employers on benefit plans and saving accounts. Her peers regard her highly, describing her as "first-class" and adding: "She's really smart, reliable and credible - an excellent lawyer."

Stephen Saxon is noted for his expertise in Title I ERISA matters, pension and 401(k) plan administration, and DOL audit proceedings.

Jennifer Eller leads the firm's fiduciary practice group and advises clients on related governance matters, as well as providing assistance on the management of retirement plans. Recipients of her services say she delivers a "consistent, excellent service and comprehensive advice" and that she is "superb, with tremendous knowledge."

Daniel Hogans focuses on the design and management of incentive and equity compensation plans, handling ERISA issues and advising on Internal Revenue Code Section 409A. Clients praise his legal acumen, stating: "The depth of his knowledge is exceptional."

Lars Golumbic is a widely respected litigator who focuses on defending plan sponsors and service providers in government investigations and ERISA litigation. Clients describe him as an "outstanding attorney" who "understands the complexity of the landscape and the need to act prudently."

According to industry members, Michael Prame is "high-quality and is always doing excellent work" in the ERISA space. His practice consists of representing record keepers, sponsors, fiduciaries and insurers in complex disputes and DOL investigations.