Washington, District Of Columbia 20005
Eric R. Keller is a partner in the Employment Law practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He represents clients in all aspects of executive compensation and employee benefits law. In this regard, he advises clients regarding tax, labor (including ERISA), financial accounting, securities, and litigation issues. He designs and prepares plan documents and participant communications, negotiates service-provider contracts, and assists clients in developing and operating efficient and prudent plan administration practices. Mr. Keller often advises clients on employment and employee benefits matters in connection with business transactions by conducting due diligence, negotiating and preparing contract provisions, addressing transitional issues, and developing strategies to minimize financial expense and taxation.
A substantial portion of his practice is devoted to the design and administration of tax-qualified retirement plans. Mr. Keller frequently advises plan fiduciaries how to reduce their risk of fiduciary liability for plan investments and represents sponsors of employee benefit plans in voluntary compliance programs maintained by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor. In the executive compensation area, he advises boards of directors and compensation committees on how to design and implement executive compensation arrangements that comply with Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley, stock exchange listing requirements, securities disclosure requirements, and other corporate governance standards.
In the employee welfare benefit plan area, Mr. Keller has been chiefly responsible for advising firm clients on Health Care Reform, HIPAA privacy compliance for group health plans, as well as Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and other consumer-driven health plan designs. In addition, he represents plan fiduciaries in administrative claim disputes with participants and contractual disputes with service providers.
|Areas of Practice||1) Employment Law, 2) Technology, 3) Privacy and Data Security, 4) Employment Counseling and Preventive Advice, 5) Global Compensation, 6) Benefits and 7) ERISA|
|Law School||Capital University Law School, J.D., 1995|
|Education||Ohio University, B.B.A., 1992|
|Bar Member / Association||District of Columbia Bar Association|
|Most recent firm||Paul Hastings LLP|
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