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Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Our employee benefits and executive compensation attorneys have the depth and breadth of experience to assist any company in managing and maintaining its compensation and benefits programs. We can help you navigate the complex federal and state laws that apply to your employee benefit programs.

We counsel publicly owned, privately held, government and nonprofit employers, both large and small, on a range of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including:

  • Plan Design, Operation and Compliance for:
    • Health and welfare plans, including self-insured plans
    • Executive compensations plans, including deferred compensation and supplemental pension plans
    • Retirement plans, including pension, 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) plans
  • Fiduciary Obligations
  • Benefit Issues in Mergers, Acquisitions, and Bankruptcy
  • IRS and DOL Audits and Corrections
  • Negotiating Benefits-Related Contracts and Agreements
  • Drafting Employment and Severance Agreements
  • HIPAA Privacy & Security compliance
  • Affordable Care Act compliance
  • Multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs)
  • Voluntary employee benefits association trust (VEBAs)
  • Tax issues regarding benefits

We can assist in all stages of employee benefit plan life, from development and design, to plan termination, and with all facets, including vendor negotiation, contract review, employee communications and government filings.

Cydni Waldner


Cydni Waldner is a member of the firm’s employee benefits practice group. She assists small to large corporations and companies with the nuances specific to ERISA laws and regulations, executive compensation, and employee benefits. Cydni’s active practice allows her to remain at the forefront of ERISA law developments. Her early career as corporate counsel responsible for legal compliance in the employee benefits areas, enables her to understand thoroughly the needs of her clients.


Rick Smith

Rick SmithAttorney

Rick Smith is a member of the firm’s employee benefits practice group, and is also chairman of the firm’s tax group. He advises businesses of all sizes on a range of employee benefits issues, with a focus on those issues tied to classification of employees and other tax-related issues that affect the employer-employee relationship. Rick also assists businesses with tax disputes that often arise in connection with employment benefits.