Robert B. Wynne Associate

Robert is an associate in the Richmond office of McGuireWoods, where he is a member of the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation group.

Robert’s practice touches on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation laws. He is experienced with equity and non-equity based executive compensation arrangements; employment, change-in-control and severance agreements; and non-qualified deferred compensation plans. He advises clients on all manner of issues relating to the design, administration, reporting and disclosure requirements for various retirement, health and welfare plans, including pensions, 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 pension 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 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 Center, Pension Plan Fix-It Handbook, Employee Benefit Plan Review, Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin 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.

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, 2016-2020

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

Board Member, Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services

Member, Central Virginia Employee Benefits Council

  • 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

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