What You Need to Know About ERISA - Ethical Considerations for Attorneys & Current Events for the ERISA Practitioner

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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 a discussion of ethical considerations in the special context of employee benefits and executive compensation.


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



Martha Steinman is a partner in Hogan Lovells’ New York office, where she co-chairs that firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice.

Ms. Steinman has extensive experience in executive compensation, employee benefits, qualified and non-qualified plans, and welfare plans. She advises clients on the design, implementation, and administration of employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements with an emphasis on tax and securities law considerations. She also works with clients to address employee benefit issues in the context of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, guides them through the transaction itself, and advises them on post-closing transition issues. Martha also counsels clients regarding the use of captives to reinsure employee benefit arrangements and in securing exemptions from the U.S. Department of Labor. A significant portion of Ms. Steinman’s practice is in the area of equity and incentive compensation. Additionally, she works with clients to negotiate employment and severance agreements, design compensation packages, and on retirement planning. She has extensive experience in advising publicly held companies and their boards of directors on the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and corporate governance issues, as well as on their executive compensation and other employee benefit arrangements.

Ms. Steinman earned J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. in political science, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.


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.