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Kent A. Mason


Partner - Davis & Harman LLP

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.