Andrew L. Oringer is a partner and co-chair of the ERISA and Executive Compensation Group at Dechert LLP, and leads the firm’s national fiduciary practice in New York. He counsels clients on their employee benefit plans and programs, benefits-related tax matters and fiduciary issues arising in connection with the investment of employee benefit plan assets. Oringer’s practice includes advising clients regarding ERISA and employee benefits generally, including 401(k) and other retirement plans as well as medical and other welfare plans. His advice to clients encompasses all aspects of corporate transactions and initial public offerings in which benefits and compensation issues play a central part. He regularly counsels financial institutions and plan fiduciaries regarding investments, and has been instrumental in designing complex investment structures to address difficult ERISA issues.
Oringer advises clients with respect to the design and implementation of arrangements relating to executive compensation, including stock option and other equity-based arrangements. His practice extends to the representation of employers and executives in the negotiation of executive employment and termination agreements.
Nationally known for his experience with ERISA and matters relating to executive compensation, Oringer is a frequent speaker and writer on a wide variety of topics. Publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Crain’s Pensions & Investments, Newsday, USA Today and The Chicago Sun Times have quoted him in articles on employee benefits issues. He has authored, co-authored or contributed to numerous bar comment letters and reports to regulators on both fiduciary and compensation issues, and has testified at the request of Congress regarding certain proposed Department of Labor regulations.
He holds leadership roles for the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association and is a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and an adjunct professor teaching ERISA at Hofstra University School of Law. He is a member of the Bloomberg BNA Benefits Practice Resource Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the BNA Bloomberg Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal. He holds an A.B. (with distinction in economics), cum laude, from Duke University; an M.B.A. from Adelphi University; and a J.D. (with distinction) from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was associate editor of the law review. Oringer has contributed two reports to the Bloomberg BNA Benefits Practice Resource Center as part of the Benefits Practitioner's Strategy Guide: "Release Us From Confusion Over ERISA Fiduciary Claims" and "Investment Funds and ERISA Controlled Groups-Egregious Aggregation?"
Several major legal directories have recognized Mr. Oringer as a leading lawyer, including The Best Lawyers in America (2010-2012), Chambers USA (2005-2012, at Band One since 2008), the Practical Law Company’s Labour and Employee Benefits Cross-Border Handbook (2007, 2010-2012) and New York Super Lawyers (2006-2012, including in several years, listing among New York City’s Top 100 lawyers across all practice areas).