Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA plans are all regulated by highly technical laws. Employers of all sizes are challenged to maintain compliance while minimizing costs and avoiding penalties and litigation.

With a sophisticated and highly experienced team, Dickinson Wright is uniquely poised to provide timely, accurate and cost-effective advice relating to employee benefit plans. Because our attorneys work closely with attorneys in related practice areas (e.g., corporate/mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment, ERISA litigation and tax), we are able to provide our clients with a “big picture” view of employee benefit plan matters. Our team’s broad capabilities allow us to create workable plans and implementation strategies; counsel employers on employee benefit plan matters and defend employers in disputes.

Some of the employee benefits practice’s areas of expertise include:

  • Retirement plans, including the design, implementation and administration of 401(k), profit sharing, defined benefit, cash balance, ESOP, 403(b), 457 plans, SEP and SIMPLE-IRA plans.
  • Executive compensation and stock-based plans, including advising companies and compensation committees on the tax, ERISA and securities law aspects of executive compensation programs. 
  • Welfare and fringe benefit plans, including handling legal matters related to a variety of insured and self-funded welfare benefit plans: group health plans, life insurance, disability, Section 125 cafeteria plans, dependent care assistance programs and HSAs.
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