Benesch’s Executive Compensation & Benefits Practice Group uses a consultative approach to providing legal services to our clients in the compensation and benefits area. Our team distinguishes itself from traditional employee benefits practices by offering legal solutions that focus on our client's business, not just discrete legal issues. We provide clients with tailored solutions, so that they can better manage their benefits options and strategies while controlling costs, mitigating risk and driving business results.

Benesch’s Executive Compensation & Benefits attorneys advise clients on a wide range of legal, tax, business, and regulatory compliance issues, including, but not limited to:

  • ESOPs, 401(k)s and pension plans
  • Multiemployer plans and withdrawal liability
  • Incentive and bonus programs
  • Fiduciary compliance and best practices
  • IRS and DOL audits and investigations
  • Benefits dispute resolution
  • Group benefits design and compliance

Attorneys in our Executive Compensation & Benefits Practice Group work closely with clients to learn their business and their goals — everything from controlling health care costs to managing retirement benefits to minimizing risks — and provide them with real-world solutions to address their executive compensation and benefits challenges and needs. We help our clients manage risk and liability, but also assist with improving their internal operations and capabilities in the benefits area.

A value-based approach to executive compensation, regulatory compliance and benefits litigation

Our Executive Compensation & Benefits Practice takes a comprehensive consulting approach to legal service that leverages our experience in day-to-day issues and consistently adding value for our clients.

First, we seek cost-effective solutions for our clients and strive to provide our services in a way that provides maximum value. To this end, we have created several fixed fee "products," including the Benesch 401(k) Consulting and Legal Services Program, as well as the Benesch Group Benefits Program. We believe that offering our clients a fixed fee approach to certain legal services will encourage our clients to seek advice and to develop best practices with respect to the structure, maintenance and operation of their benefit programs.

The team’s substantial experience in day-to-day business operations and regulatory compliance also puts our clients at a distinct advantage in benefits disputes and litigation. Our attorneys participate in and directly manage our clients' benefits litigation matters, which includes drafting and negotiating plan documents and transactions and navigating the complex scheme of statutes and regulations.