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dwellington@reedsmith.com

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Don advises plan sponsors on compliance issues relating to retirement plans, executive compensation, health plans and fringe benefits. Don brings more than 25 years of experience in the design and implementation of employee benefit plans. He is widely recognized for his work as counsel to the largest pension funds in the country and is a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Clients benefit from his extensive federal regulatory experience, including representation of clients on a variety of matters before the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. He also advises clients on the employee benefits aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, including transactions relating to employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).

Credentials

  • New York University School of Law, 1993, LL.M., Taxation
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 1991, J.D.
  • Evangel University, 1988, B.S.

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Michigan

  • American Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Exempt Organization and Governmental Plans, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section, American Bar Association (2017-present)
  • Co-Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Exempt Organization and Governmental Plans, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section, American Bar Association (2014-2017)
  • Chair, Subcommittee on Government Submissions, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section, American Bar Association (1996)
  • Chair, Subcommittee on Master and Prototype Retirement Plans, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section, American Bar Association (1995-1996)
  • National Association of Public Pension Attorneys

Awards & Recognition

  • Legal 500 US, Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (2011-2016)
  • Legal 500 US, Tax: Domestic Tax (2012-2015)
  • Super Lawyers, Southern California, Employee Benefits (2016-2018)
  • Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel