Representation Before Government Agencies
Employee benefit plans frequently require intervention with government agencies. From our offices in Washington, D.C. we are in constant contact with the federal agencies that regulate and enforce the laws governing employee benefit plans. Many of our attorneys formerly practiced at these federal agencies and our knowledge of them enables us to better represent our employee benefit clients. This unique vantage point helps us anticipate changes in the regulatory landscape and keep abreast of new developments.
We assist clients in matters ranging from transactions with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, to filing applications for tax-exempt status with the IRS, to representing them in investigations by the Department of Labor or the IRS. In an investigation we represent the plan and its fiduciaries through all stages, helping to protect the plan’s interests while ensuring that the investigating agency receives all necessary and appropriate information. In situations in which the government is seeking relief from the plan or its fiduciaries, we negotiate on behalf of our client to achieve the most favorable outcome.
Our legal experience and our understanding of federal agencies means we get results. We have obtained favorable opinion letters from government agencies concerning such questions as Plan coverage under ERISA and whether federal law prohibits certain transactions. Here, too, we use our extensive experience to obtain these opinions as quickly and cost-effectively as possible to minimize any disruption in plan decision making.