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Kent Mason is a partner in the law firm of Davis & Harman
LLP. He practices exclusively in the employee benefits area and
works primarily with major employers, large plans, and national
vendors of retirement plan services. Mason advises on the full
range of employee benefits issues, including all types of
retirement plans, deferred compensation arrangements, health and
life insurance for employees and retirees, COBRA, VEBAs, and
cafeteria plans. In his practice, Mason frequently represents
clients before the IRS, Treasury, the Department of Labor, and the
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. He also works extensively for
trade associations on legislative and administrative issues
affecting retirement plans and other employee benefits.
Mason served as a legislation-attorney for the Joint Committee
on Taxation, U.S. Congress, and as an attorney-adviser in the
Office of Tax Policy of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. While
with the government, Mason focused on the taxation of retirement
plans, health plans, and other employee benefits.
Mason received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of
Pennsylvania, where he was an editor of the University of
Pennsylvania Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Following his graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk
to Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Eleventh Circuit. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from
Amherst College in 1976.
Mason is a member of the
Bloomberg BNA Benefits Practice Resource Advisory Board,
the District of Columbia and Georgia Bar Associations, and he was
elected to the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. He is
a frequent speaker and author on employee benefits issues.
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