Employee Benefits

Miller & Chevalier's Employee Benefits practice offers a full range of consulting, planning, and controversy services to clients facing the challenges of increased audit and regulatory scrutiny in the benefits area. In addition, the practice features significant ERISA litigation capabilities, as well as policy experience, which is critical in a business environment characterized by tremendous regulatory and legislative change. Over the past three years, the firm has represented more than 40 percent of the Fortune 100 and approximately 30 percent of the Global 100.

The Employee Benefits group advises clients in areas including qualified plans; nonqualified deferred compensation; non-ERISA fringe benefits; health and welfare benefits, including health care reform; payroll taxes; worker classification; information reporting; and penalty abatement. In addition to counseling clients on day-to-day compliance issues, the team has a well-established reputation for its work in guiding companies through complex and high-stakes projects, as well as negotiating executive agreements and structuring and designing equity-based compensation. In addition, the practice is recognized for its work advising clients on wage and deduction treatment of high profile executive and director perks, such as the entertainment use of corporate aircraft and spousal travel. Miller & Chevalier's Employee Benefits practice features multiple former senior Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials. With its office centrally located next door to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and down the street from the IRS and Capitol Hill and armed with an "inside the beltway" team, the firm routinely helps its clients navigate Washington bureaucracy and successfully resolve issues before they develop into costly legal problems.

Government Experience
  • Special Assistant for Fringe Benefits, Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Employee Benefits & Exempt Organizations), Internal Revenue Service
  • Senior Attorney Advisor, Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Employee Benefits & Exempt Organizations), Internal Revenue Service
  • Deputy Associate Solicitor, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Senior Trial Attorney, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor 
  • ERISA Counsel, Regional Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor
  • ERISA Trial Attorney, Regional Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Senior Benefits Law Specialist, Office of Regulations and Interpretations, U.S. Department of Labor 
  • Majority Tax Counsel, Committee on Ways & Means, U.S. House of Representatives
Corporate Experience
Rankings and Recognition
  • Chambers USA: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Team of the Year, 2015
  • Legal 500: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Team of the Year (U.S.), 2015
  • Chambers USA: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (National), 2015 - 2016
  • Chambers USA: ERISA Litigation (National), 2015 - 2016
  • Chambers USA: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (District of Columbia), 2008 - 2016
  • Legal 500: Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (U.S.), 2010 - 2016
  • Legal 500: Labor & Employment: ERISA Litigation (U.S.), 2012 - 2016
  • U.S. News -- Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms": Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (National), 2013 - 2016
  • U.S. News -- Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms": Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (District of Columbia), 2010 - 2016
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