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Employee Benefits

Your business relies on the hard work of your employees, and of course it follows that you take care of them though benefits and compensation plans. Our attorneys work with you to develop cost-effective solutions for employee benefits plans including qualified retirement plans, contested matters and compliance resolution, welfare and fringe benefits, nonqualified and executive compensation, and ESOPs.

Our Approach

Your business is unique, and so are your employees. Winthrop attorneys work closely with our clients in developing benefits plans that work for your business, your goals, your needs, and those of your workforce. We help you motivate, incent and reward the diligence of your employees and management, in a way that makes sense and is sustainable for years to come. We also specialize in the use of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) for business owners who want to exit the business and pass it to their employees.


  • Benefits advice regarding mergers, acquisitions or bankruptcies
  • Executive deferred compensation and salary continuation planning
  • Equity and equity equivalent compensation plans
  • Business succession, buy-sell and non-compete agreements
  • ESOP's
  • Profit sharing (401(k)), tax-sheltered annuity (403(b)) and Section 457 plans
  • Money purchase pension plans
  • Defined benefit plans
  • IRA's and Roth IRA's
  • DOL and IRS plan audits and compliance resolution
  • Breach of fiduciary actions
  • Preemption of state laws
  • COBRA, dependent care, and medical and dental plans
  • Flexible benefits (cafeteria) plans
  • Group insurance and disability
  • Employer fringe benefits
  • Incentive, non-qualified and phantom stock options and plans
  • Rabbi trusts