Clients value Nick's breadth of experience in employee benefits and tax matters, which he leverages to help solve a broad range of legal, technical and compliance issues affecting employee benefit and executive compensation programs.
Nick regularly advises clients on a wide variety of employee benefit matters, including drafting, implementation, general compliance and administration of qualified retirement plans under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. He also frequently counsels clients regarding compliance matters applicable to health and welfare employee benefits plans including HIPAA, COBRA, the Affordable Care Act and ERISA. His practice also includes assisting clients with executive compensation matters and advising on the employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining Stinson, Nick's practice focused on representing collectively bargained multiemployer defined contribution and defined benefit retirement plans, health & welfare plans and apprenticeship funds. In this role he regularly attended trustee meetings and routinely advised trustees and service providers on compliance with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, HIPAA, the ACA, fiduciary responsibility and prohibited transaction exemptions.
Nick has worked with both group health plans and business associates to draft and negotiate business associate agreements.
He performs due diligence and assists both buyers and sellers with a variety of employee benefits and executive compensation issues arising in corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Nick's experience includes drafting and reviewing plan documents and preparing amendments necessary to comply with ongoing changes to retirement plan tax qualification requirements.
He works with clients to correct operational plan errors through the IRS Employee Plan Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) and advising on potential procedure changes to prevent reoccurrence of operational plan errors and failures.
Nick has assisted clients implement an array of benefit plan changes involving plan governance and benefit structures and ongoing plan administration by reviewing contracts and service provider agreements, preparing plan amendments, preparing regulatory disclosures and required filings and reviewing and preparing participant communications and required plan notices.
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