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Jim joined the predecessor to Laner Muchin in 1989 and has been a partner in the Firm since 1994.  Jim focuses his practice on all aspects of employee benefits law including drafting defined benefit, defined contribution and welfare benefit plans.  In addition, Jim serves as counsel to several multiemployer benefit funds and Associations.

Jim is also a frequent speaker and represents employers in withdrawal liability and delinquency issues for multiemployer plans.  He also represents benefit plans in IRS and DOL audits and investigations.  Jim also represents businesses in mergers and acquisitions. 

His responsibilities include: drafting, amending and terminating qualified plans; IRS and DOL plan audits; analyzing the impact of new legislation; and advising clients on the tax consequences of qualified plans on the employer and plan participants.  Upon graduation from law school, Jim became a staff attorney at an employee benefits consulting firm.  Prior to joining the Firm, Jim was associated with a business law firm where he continued to specialize in employee benefits. He has authored articles on employee benefit issues and has lectured before professional groups.

HONORS, MEMBERSHIPS, AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-author of the Illinois Continuing Legal Education Supplement on Employee Benefits and Collective Bargaining
  • Member of the Chicago Bar Association
  • Member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits
  • Served on the Attorneys Committee for the International Foundation of Employee Benefits
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola Hospital

Experience

Experience

Below are representative samples of the types of matters Jim handles on behalf of Laner Muchin clients:

Counseling on business mergers and acquisitions.

Counseling Trade Associations with respect to employment law and employee benefit funds.

IRS, DOL, PBGC audits and correction counseling.

Retirement Plans.

Counseling employers with regard to withdrawal liability.

Advising Taft/Hartley Boards of Trustees on ERISA and IRS and other benefit-related matters.

Extensive experience guiding clients through the IRS and DOL correction programs for plan document failures, operational errors, and fiduciary breaches.

Advising clients on health and welfare plan compliance.

Providing support during regulatory audits by the IRS and DOL.

Advising clients on plan design; drafting of plan documents; negotiating service provider agreements; and handling benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions.

Assisting plan sponsors with day-to-day administrative efforts, including benefit claims and appeals, QDRO determinations, and participant communications.

Education

The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1985

St. Louis University, B.S., 1982

Admissions

  • Illinois
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