What You Need to Know About ERISA - Types of Qualified Plans & Qualification Requirements

Price: $224 OnDemand

Susan P. Serota
Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
David M. Glaser
Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP


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.

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.



Susan Serota is the leader of Pillsbury’s Executive Compensation & Benefits practice and a member of the ERISA Litigation Team. Ms. Serota has experience in all areas of pensions, employee benefits, executive compensation and stock options. She has significant experience in the compensation of senior executives, fiduciary matters relating to ERISA and other plans, international benefits, employee benefit aspects of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, welfare plans (health, life and severance), ERISA fiduciary litigation and securities law matters.

Ms. Serota’s assignments have included: negotiating and drafting executive compensation arrangements including stock option and other equity or performance award plans, golden parachutes and antitakeover devices; advising compensation committees of public boards of directors on executive and director compensation arrangements and disclosure of such programs; drafting employee pension, profit sharing plans; plan governance reviews; DOL advisory opinion requests; ESOP structuring and financings, acting as ESOP trustee counsel; advising US and non-US companies on tax and securities issues in global equity-based plans; advising on executive employment contracts; advising creditors in bankruptcy proceedings on PBGC issues; serving as company ERISA counsel and advising on ERISA fiduciary litigation; and providing expert testimony in litigation on breach of fiduciary duty and benefit claims. She is also an advisor to both foreign and domestic governmental entities, regarding pensions, deferred compensation and privatizing certain pension/social security/invalidity payment systems.

Ms. Serota earned a J.D. from New York University School of Law and an A.B., from the University of Michigan. She is admitted to practice in New York, Illinois, and the District of Columbia.


David Glaser is a nationally recognized authority on the design and operation of qualified pension plans (including defined benefit, cash balance, 401(k) and other defined contribution plans), non-qualified deferred compensation programs and welfare plan arrangements, and co-chairs the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group. He advises clients on legal issues regarding the investment of pension plan assets, both from the point of view of the pension plan investor and from the point of view of the sponsor of the investment vehicle. He also works with clients on the design and implementation of stock-based compensation arrangements, and on the related disclosures required by law.

Mr. Glaser designs and negotiates employment agreements, negotiates the benefits and compensation provisions involved in mergers and the purchases and sales of business units and entities, and advises on the coordination of benefits and compensation programs following mergers and business acquisitions. A significant portion of Mr. Glaser’s practice involves the special issues surrounding the design of compensation and deferred compensation arrangements for not-for-profit entities. He has authored and lectured on benefits-related topics.

Mr. Glaser earned a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is admitted to practice in New York.