Patrick is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group. He focuses his practice on counseling employers on issues impacting employee benefit plans and arrangements, including the design, administration and legal compliance of both tax-qualified retirement and health and welfare benefit plans. Patrick also has significant experience in assisting employers regarding the design of executive compensation arrangements, including nonqualified deferred compensation plans, employment agreements, and equity incentive compensation programs. Further, during his career he also has assisted clients in avoiding the potential adverse tax consequences that can arise under Code Section 409A.
Patrick regularly provides assistance and guidance to the investment and administrative committees of 401(k) plans in order to insure full compliance with the complex legal requirements as imposed upon such arrangements under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. Further, he has experience in handling both DOL and IRS investigations and has helped numerous clients to successfully navigate the audit process. When employers and their designated committees have failed to operate their employee benefit plans in full compliance with the requirements of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code, Patrick has been successful in utilizing the applicable correction programs as sponsored by the IRS and the DOL.
In addition, Patrick has significant experience in addressing employee benefit matters arising in mergers and acquisitions, including the unique benefit issues that may surface when corporate transactions involve a union workforce. In particular, he has assisted clients in seeking to avoid or mitigate any withdrawal liability assessment.