ERISA and Employee Benefits Law
In our benefits practice, we serve as benefits counsel to many (large, mid-size, and small) corporate as well as multi-employer, collectively bargained Taft-Hartley trusts, labor-management cooperation committees and apprenticeship trusts governed by administrative committees and boards of trustee. On a daily basis, we advise sponsors, committees, trustees, fiduciaries, administrators, consultants, investment managers, accountants, and administrative personnel of retirement and health and welfare benefit plans, funds and programs in all aspects of administration, compliance, and litigation. We have provided “lead counsel” or “sole counsel” advice to private boards of trustee and public pension boards throughout California. The areas of law that we work with on a daily basis include the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Internal Revenue Code, the Health Care Reform Law, the California Government Code, the California Public Employees’ Retirement Law, the California Public Employees’ Medical and Hospital Care Act, the California Code of Revenue and Taxation, the Administrative Procedures Act (state and federal), due process and constitutional law, and probate and community property law as they relate to employee benefit plans. The asset value of employee benefit plans that we have been involved in has ranged from $2 million to over $400 billion. Since 2011, Chirag Shah has served as independent counsel to the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System—which is the largest health and pension system in the United States. Mr. Shah also serves on the Attorney Conflicts Panel established by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office with respect to pension and fiduciary matters involving the City of Los Angeles’ three public pension systems.