Robert B. Wynne Associate

Robert is a corporate lawyer who focuses his practice on employee benefits and executive compensation for public and private companies, tax-exempt organizations and governmental entities.

He is experienced with equity and non-equity-based incentive arrangements; employment, change-in-control and severance agreements; and non-qualified deferred compensation plans, including supplemental executive retirement plans, excess benefit arrangements and top hat plans. He regularly advises clients on the design, administration, reporting and disclosure requirements for various tax-qualified retirement, health and welfare plans, including defined benefit pension plans, 401(k) plans and employee stock ownership plans. He frequently represents clients in interactions with the IRS, DOL and PBGC, and is experienced with the SEC’s executive compensation proxy disclosure rules.

Robert has extensive experience with multiemployer plan withdrawal liability, frequently advising clients on withdrawal liability in corporate transactions, counseling employers regarding the assessment of withdrawal liability and advising on applicable legislative developments. He also has extensive experience with employee benefits and executive compensation issues in the M&A context, having represented clients in untold corporate and private equity-backed corporate transactions.

Robert is co-chair of the ABA’s Employee Benefits Committee Subcommittee on Benefit Claims and is a contributing author to the BNA Employee Benefits Law treatise. He has been interviewed by Law360 and The Morning Call, has authored chapters on ERISA Litigation and COBRA in Virginia CLE’s Employment Law in Virginia and has been published in the Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting CenterPension Plan Fix-It HandbookEmployee Benefit Plan ReviewBender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin, LexisNexis Practical Guidance and American Health Lawyers Association. He has taught seminars on withdrawal liability, ERISA fiduciary compliance and other employee benefits issues, and regularly contributes to McGuireWoods Legal Insights.

Robert serves as chair of the Board of Trustees of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services, a psychiatric residential treatment facility for girls and boys who suffer from severe emotional trauma, mental illness and/or addiction.

Experience

Ongoing representations as outside ERISA counsel to public and private companies on all aspects of the design, administration and regulatory compliance of qualified defined benefit and defined contribution retirement, health and welfare benefit plans.

Representation of clients in interactions with the IRS, DOL, and PBGC relating to benefit plans, including plan audits and corrective filings.

Representation on employee benefits matters in the context of corporate transactions, including conducting due diligence reviews, negotiating terms of the sale and purchase agreements and advising on post-closing operation and integration of plans.

Assistance with defense of multiemployer pension plan claims for withdrawal liability against several public and private companies.

Representations of tax-exempt employers as to 401(k), 403(b), 457(b) and 457(f) plans.

Advice as to ERISA fiduciary considerations and plan governance issues.

  • Georgetown University Law Center, LLM, Taxation, 2012
  • The University of North Carolina School of Law, JD, with Honors, 2011
  • Sewanee: The University of the South, BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2008

Management Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Benefit Claims, Employee Benefits Committee, Section of Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association, 2016-2021

Member, Employee Benefits Committee, Section of Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association

Chair, Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services

Member, Central Virginia Employee Benefits Council

  • Faculty, "New PBGC Interim Final Rule: Special Financial Assistance, Withdrawal Liability Rules, Contribution Obligations," Strafford Webinar, September 14, 2021
  • Speaker, "Introduction to ERISA’s Fiduciary Requirements," LawPracticeCLE Webinar, April 26, 2019
  • Speaker, "’Til Death (Or Some Other Time) Do We Part: The Intersection of Divorce and Estate Planning," Washington D.C. Estate Planning Council, October 18, 2018
  • Speaker, "Recent Developments in Employee Benefits Law," New River Valley Society of Human Resource Management Full Day Legal Update, September 20, 2018
  • Speaker, "Multiemployer Pension Plan Withdrawal Liability: An In-Depth Examination for Employers, Owners & Lenders," myLawCLE Webinar, September 28, 2017
  • Speaker, Employee Benefits in the Age of Trump, September 21, 2017
  • Speaker, "DOL Fiduciary Rule – What Plan Sponsors Need to Know," Rafalko Advisors Webinar, July 25, 2017
  • Speaker, "The Supreme Court’s Recent Take on Employee Benefits," Central Virginia Employee Benefits Council Seminar, May 4, 2016
  • Speaker, "Reportable Events and Dealing with the PBGC," Clear Law Institute Webinar, April 25, 2016
  • Faculty, PBGC Reportable Events: What You Need to Know About the New Rules, Lorman Education Services Webinar, March 17, 2016
  • Virginia

Named to “Virginia Rising Stars,” Employee Benefits, Super Lawyers, Thompson Reuters, 2017-2019, 2021

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