Workflows: Royer Cooper Adds ERISA Expertise

Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld added employee benefits and executive compensation law to its capabilities by bringing on William B. Duff as a partner in New York.

“The firm is growing very rapidly,” Duff told Bloomberg Law. It has about 38 lawyers in the Philadelphia and New York areas, with three attorneys, including Duff, in the employment group. “I expect we will be hiring in this area,” he said.

There’s been an uptick in the need for employee benefits and executive compensation practitioners because “the economy is improving” and more companies are involved in mergers and acquisitions, he said.

When companies merge, they confront issues such as which of their 401(k) plans to keep or how to add one company’s employees to the other company’s plan. If the new company decides to restructure its workforce, severance agreements and employee fringe benefit coverage come into play, Duff said. “Every deal is filled with these issues.”

More News About Worklaw Attorneys

Erik T. Lohr was promoted to head the Connecticut Attorney General’s Employment Rights Department, which represents state agencies and officials in employment-related issues.

Janene Marasciullo and Eric W. Moran joined Epstein Becker Green in New York as members in the employment, labor, and workforce management and litigation and business disputes practices.

Seth Stodder, a former assistant secretary for homeland security, joined Holland & Knight as a partner in Los Angeles. He will handle immigration and visa matters as well as international trade, data privacy, and national security matters.

McGinnis Lochridge in Austin, Texas, welcomed Ashton G. Cumberbatch Jr. back to the firm as a special counsel. His primary practice areas are labor and employment law and alternative dispute resolution. Cumberbatch worked at the firm from 1989 to 2002 and led the employment law section for part of that time.

Morrison & Foerster welcomed Andrew Turnbull as a counsel in its employment and labor group in McLean, Va. Turnbull’s practice focuses on the employment issues that arise for companies that do business with the federal government.

Scott Nelson joined Seyfarth Shaw as a partner in the firm’s labor and employment department in Houston.

Theodora Oringher welcomed Gaurav Reddy as an associate in Costa Mesa, Calif. Reddy handles labor and employment matters as well as commercial litigation and product liability.

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