What You Need to Know About ERISA - Introduction, Breadth, and Scope

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This program is one out of 12 OnDemand programs designed for those who address issues related to employee benefits and executive compensation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the federal tax laws, including attorneys in private practice, employee-benefits consultants, compensation managers and consultants, in-house counsel, human-resources personnel and providers of services to plans. This session includes an overview of the ERISA statute with a historical perspective of how it came about and developed over the last 40 years.

A group of highly respected practitioners who are leaders in the field will provide a comprehensive overview of critical ERISA basics you need to know, ranging from the rules governing tax-qualified retirement plans, to fiduciary considerations applicable to plan assets, to design and implementation of programs relating to executive compensation, to the many developments surrounding health-care reform.

This program will provide you with the opportunity to hear about the latest developments in this constantly evolving area of practice.

These courses were originally part of a live event offered in October 2015. The event was co-chaired by Andrew Gaines, Partner at Paul Weiss, and Andrew Oringer, Partner at Dechert LLP. For information on future events on this topic please contact us at ProfessionalLearning@bna.com



Andrew Gaines advises employers on all aspects of executive compensation and employee benefit plans and their treatment in corporate transactions and in bankruptcy. He counsels investment fund sponsors on ERISA issues associated with the formation of private investment funds and the structuring of underlying investments. He also frequently counsels large institutional pension investors on fiduciary issues arising in connection with investing in private investment funds. He also represents employers and executives in the negotiation of employment and severance agreements.

Mr. Gaines has been recognized as a "leading individual" in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation by Chambers USA for the past four consecutive years and by Legal 500 USA, The Best Lawyers in America and by the PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook. He is a frequent writer and lecturer on executive compensation and employee benefits topics.

Mr. Gaines earned a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a B.A., from Hobart & William Smith College. He is admitted to practice in New York.


Andrew Oringer is co-chair of Dechert’s ERISA and Executive Compensation group 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.

Mr. 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. Nationally known for his experience with ERISA and matters relating to executive compensation, Mr. Oringer is a frequent speaker and writer on a wide variety of topics. His written work includes the chapter on Releases in the Section 409A Handbook, published by Bloomberg BNA.

Mr. Oringer earned a J.D., with distinction, from Hofstra University School of Law, where he served as Associate Editor of the Hofstra Law Review; an M.B.A. from Adelphi University; and an A.B., cum laude, with distinction in economics from Duke University. He is admitted to practice in New York as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.


A partner and chair of Paul Weiss’ Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group, Robert Fleder has handled ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation matters for more than 30 years. He was selected as one of the leading lawyers in the United States, in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation, by peer review organizations Chambers USA, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Fleder has extensive and sophisticated experience in the legal, accounting, actuarial and human resource issues connected with the implementation and operation of employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. In numerous merger and acquisition transactions, he has addressed the issues that arise in connection with the assumption of (or failure to assume) benefit plans and other employee obligations. He has been involved in defending and settling significant ERISA fiduciary claims involving private plaintiffs and the Department of Labor. Additionally, he has done much work in advising on ERISA fiduciary matters for investment funds and plan fiduciaries.

Mr. Fleder earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Columbia College. He is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.