The attorneys in Kutak Rock’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group are experienced in all aspects of employee benefits law. We provide proactive, practical advice to our clients in a format that is easy to understand and free of unnecessary legal jargon.
We help our clients articulate their goals, and we help our clients reach those goals in the most efficient and effective manner. When a client approaches us with legal concerns about benefit arrangements, we make it a point to understand the client’s perspective and philosophy. We engage in initial discussions regarding “big picture” issues, addressing the client’s general approach to benefits and its specific objectives. Only then do we offer options, recommendations and guidance regarding plan matters.
We work both with benefit plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and also with plans outside ERISA’s purview, such as governmental and non‑electing church plans. We have the knowledge and expertise to provide advice on federal, state and international benefit matters, assist clients with ERISA and tax law issues, draft plan documents and amendments, and offer ongoing assistance with fiduciary matters and the day-to-day aspects of compliance and plan administration.
Much of our counseling is designed to ensure that our clients will avoid costly litigation and enforcement actions. Because some disputes cannot be avoided, we regularly represent clients in a wide variety of ERISA and non-ERISA litigation as well as in governmental audits and administrative proceedings, including those involving the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
We advise employers across the entire United States. We represent not only small, privately held corporations but also large, publicly traded companies with significant overseas operations, as well as state and local governmental employers. Our clients also include multi-employer plans, multiple-employer plans and college savings plans.