Robert B. Wynne Associate

Robert focuses his practice on all areas of executive compensation and employee benefits law.

His practice includes equity and non-equity-based incentive arrangements; non-qualified deferred compensation; tax-qualified retirement, health and welfare plans; compensation and benefits issues in the M&A context; multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability; and issues involving ERISA fiduciary responsibilities. He regularly represents clients in interactions with the IRS, DOL and PBGC, and is experienced with the SEC’s executive compensation proxy disclosure rules.  

Robert serves as chair of the Board of Trustees of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services, a psychiatric residential treatment facility for adolescents suffering 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, Controlled Group and Affiliated Service Group Rules for Retirement Plans, Strafford Webinar, February 23, 2022
  • 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, 2022

Selected for inclusion, "Ones to Watch: Mergers and Acquisitions Law," The Best Lawyers in America, 2022

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