THE FIRM This dedicated employee benefits and executive compensation firm comprises over 50 attorneys and is widely regarded as an unrivalled force within this field. The firm is well placed to advise employers on the finer details of international securities, multiemployer pension schemes, worker classification, healthcare reform and tax issues. It also has considerable experience in navigating the regulations surrounding fiduciary matters and executive compensation, and maintains close links with Congress and the Executive branch to promote its clients' interests and keep them well informed of developing policy and legislation.
Sources say: "We have a very high level of confidence in their work; Groom Law Group gets answers for us on complex problems and has great relationships with IRS personnel."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Gary Ford is described by his peers as "a leading light" in the field and is particularly well known for his handling of work involving ERISA Title IV. Ford has recently been representing American Airlines and its parent company AMR in relation to its bankruptcy.
Clients remark on Louis Mazawey's "great quality lawyering," which is built upon several decades of experience in the field of ERISA law and executive compensation. He leads the plan design and taxation group, which ensures clients' benefit plans meet ever-changing regulatory standards.
David Levine comes highly recommended by clients, who value his dedication and responsiveness He specializes in tax-exempt pension plans and both qualified and non-qualified retirement plans. Levine also acts as chair of the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities.
As chair of the executive compensation group, John McGuiness advises clients from a range of sectors on the design and implementation of compensation.
Andrée St Martin is regarded as a go-to lawyer for financial institutions seeking advice in this field. She offers advice on ERISA and Title 1 matters, and has recently worked extensively with Fortune clients to address ERISA prohibited transactions relating to stable value investment products.