Employee Benefits and Fiduciary Compliance
SFMS handles a variety of employee benefits and fiduciary litigation, as well as compliance issues, for our clients -- most of which arise under the Internal Revenue Code and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. SFMS attorneys have represented employee benefit plan fiduciaries, including plan trustees, as plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of employee benefits and fiduciary compliance matters. The Firm's attorneys also have experience working with independent fiduciaries in certain cases. The attorneys at SFMS also have represented clients in a number of cases involving Taft-Hartley fund delinquent contributions and similar matters. The Firm also has handled a number of novel and ground-breaking ERISA cases, including issues regarding revenue-sharing practices, cash balance and cross-tested plans, common stock declines and stock options with regard to qualified retirement plans, including 401(k), 403(b), 457, profit sharing, money purchase pension, cash balance, annuity, and defined benefit plans.
Most of the litigation that SFMS handles involving employee benefits and fiduciary compliance occurs in federal district courts in the United States. In such litigation, SFMS has significant experience working with the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as the Department of Justice. SFMS attorneys also have experience representing the interest of our clients in bankruptcy court and related proceedings in connection with both employee benefits and fiduciary compliance matters.