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A 2020 vision for ERISA and employee benefits legal compliance

Hall Benefits Law


ACA enforcement has not waned as many predicted under the Trump administration. On the retirement plan side, fiduciary breach lawsuits remain a reality, and the plaintiffs’ bar has taken the fiduciary battle into the health and welfare benefits arena. In-house counsel and plan sponsors large and small must take a more proactive approach to their employee benefits legal compliance. To date in 2019, the Hall Benefits Law team of attorneys has abated more than $55 million in DOL and IRS penalties for its plan sponsor clients in 26 states. Our attorneys will share cautionary tales, give a ‘boots on the ground’ perspective on employee benefits legal compliance and offer a prospective view of what in-house counsel and employers can expect over the coming months and year.

The webinar will cover:

  • What is fiduciary breach, and why should the topic be front of mind for in-house counsel and plan sponsors?
  • Technical hot topics in retirement plans, health and welfare benefits, and executive compensation
  • Anecdotal examples of costly ERISA legal compliance issues to encourage proactive avoidance of the same pitfalls


Deborah Andrews
Managing attorney, Hall Benefits Law

Deborah’s practice encompasses a broad range of complex tax matters. She regularly advises individuals, businesses and tax-exempt entities on various issues related to transactional matters, tax planning, executive compensation, employee benefits and tax reporting. In addition, Deborah represents clients in handling tax controversies with federal and state taxing authorities. She has lectured and written articles on topics such as deferred compensation, choice of entity, and joint ventures. Prior to practicing law, she worked with an international company and a Big 5 accounting firm.

Charleen Barnwell
Senior ERISA compliance counsel, Hall Benefits Law

Prior to joining Hall Benefits Law, Charleen Barnwell worked as an employee benefits attorney and compliance consultant with a number of well-known corporations, including InterContinental Hotels Group and NCR Corporation, Inc. Her 15-plus years in the ERISA and employee benefits legal space have equipped her to address issues of fiduciary noncompliance, and her corporate experience gives her unique insight into the needs of corporate plan sponsors and in-house counsel.


Deborah Andrews
Charleen Barnwell


6 November 2019
18:00 - 18:55 UTC
55 min