Morgan Lewis Extends
Employee Benefits Services with Three New Partners
Morgan Lewis is
expanding its employee benefits and executive compensation services with the
addition of three new hires: Rosina
Barker, Jonathan Zimmerman, and Steven Witmer.
The three will assist clients with their qualified and
nonqualified retirement plans as well as with health and welfare plans,
fiduciary and investment matters, and employment tax and worker classification
issues. They also will advise on complex executive compensation matters and on
the benefits and compensation issues arising in mergers and acquisitions,
dispositions, and other business transactions.
“I am delighted to welcome our new partners, who offer our
clients remarkable depth encompassing a wide range of areas affecting employee
benefits,” says Firm Chair Jami McKeon.
“Rosina, Jonathan, and Steve will work closely with our strong employee
benefits team across the United States to provide our clients with the advice
they need in this continually evolving arena.”
Barker provides counseling on the Employee Retirement
Income Security Act (ERISA), taxes, and securities law aspects of executive
compensation and employee benefit plans. She is versed in defined benefit (DB)
pension plan issues, fiduciary counseling, and complex executive compensation
matters. In the last 12 months, Barker has advised clients on the executive compensation
and employee benefit plan issues arising from corporate transactions totaling
more than $13 billion. She has also served on the tax staff of the U.S. House
Ways & Means Committee, where she had primary staff responsibility for all
pension and employee benefit legislation. Barker is a fellow of the American
College of Employee Benefits Counsel.
Zimmerman has a broad-based practice with a concentration on
executive compensation, qualified retirement plans, and health and welfare
plans. He also advises clients on payroll, withholding, and fringe benefits
Witmer advises companies on qualified and nonqualified retirement
plans, health and welfare plans, and other ERISA and tax matters. He has an
extensive benefits outsourcing practice, and has negotiated close to 1,000
contracts with payroll and benefits vendors on behalf of plan sponsors. He frequently
advises clients on the transfer of plan assets and liabilities, and on other
benefit issues arising from dispositions, spinoffs, initial public offerings,
and other business transactions up to the multibillion dollar range.
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