John M. Temple

John Temple is currently of counsel to the firm and formerly was a partner in both the Tax and Corporate Practice Groups in the firm's Los Angeles office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Temple represents plan sponsors, insurance companies, plan fiduciaries, consultants, lenders, and investment advisors with respect to employee benefits, retirement plan and other ERISA matters. He has substantial experience in all aspects of qualified retirement plans, medical, severance and other welfare plans, cafeteria plans, and Section 403(b) annuities, including establishing plans, their day-to-day administration and interpretation, and plan investment transaction matters. Mr. Temple provides fiduciary advice to corporate trustees, plan committees, company sponsors or other plan fiduciaries with respect to investment and other fiduciary issues, including the applicability of the Department of Labor "plan assets" rules, prohibited transactions, and unrelated business taxable income.

Representative ERISA investment transactions include purchases of (i) substantial preferred stock investments in venture capital companies, (ii) real property or venture partnership investments, and (iii) mortgage pass-through certificates. Mr. Temple has also represented numerous companies, corporate trustees and lenders in connection with establishing employee stock ownership plans and transactions involving leveraged ESOP's.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Tax and 2) Employee Benefits
Law School The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (J.D., 1982)
Education University of Iowa (B.A., 1977)
Bar Member / Association California State Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association
Most recent firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
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