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ERISA Associate

Sherman & Howard

in Denver CO

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Join a team with an established and diverse client base.  Advise employers (including publicly traded entities, private companies, government employers, non-profit entities and religious organizations) with establishing, maintaining and terminating all types of qualified retirement plans, non-qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, fringe benefits and executive compensation arrangements. Provide practical, business-oriented advice to clients regarding compliance with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code and securities laws. Advise clients on the application of the fiduciary responsibility and prohibited transaction rules to various types of transactions and investments.


  • Counseling on the design, implementation and ongoing administration of all types of employee benefit plans
  • Educating clients on legislative and regulatory developments and assisting in designing solutions to same
  • Drafting and interpreting defined contribution plans and defined benefit plans
  • Consulting on legal issues involving the administration and compliance of all types of health and welfare and fringe benefit plans (including the ACA and other health care reform laws, COBRA, HIPAA)
  • Designing, drafting, and consulting on the legal issues involving executive compensation, and severance and executive equity plans
  • Assisting clients with Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and PBGC matters
  • Advising clients regarding benefit plan issues in mergers and acquisitions
  • Developing new clients and business contacts


  • J.D. from an ABA accredited school
  • Admitted to practice in Colorado or ability to waive into the Colorado bar
  • At least four years of experience in one or more of the following areas: qualified retirement plans, employee benefits plans in mergers and acquisitions, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), executive compensation, fringe benefits, and/or health and welfare plans. Experience with ESOPs and executive compensation arrangements a plus
  • Strong work ethic, entrepreneurial attitude, high level of attention to detail, and exemplary client service skills
  • Team player. Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
  • Thrive in an inclusive, diverse work environment

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.

Sherman & Howard offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit package, including medical, dental, vision, life, long term disability, flexible spending, 401(k), Paid Time Off, paid holidays, bonuses and more.  The base salary for this position is $185,000/year for a second-year associate and increases based on experience. Actual compensation offered to candidate may vary from posted information based on work experience, education, and/or skill level.

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