Our entire team are active members of the various employee benefits organizations. Not only that, we are all frequent speakers at these events. We travel all over the country to speak at and attend the regional and annual conferences for these organizations. Because of this, we offer invaluable insight into what is really going on in the employee benefits arena; we offer advice that is not only based on our firm's 200 years of collective experience but also based on what's going on in our industry through our 100,000 hours of collective active participation at these events.
Here's what EBLG has been doing.
James Paul Joins the EBLG Team
August 15, 2018 | New Attorney Brings Over 30 Years of Benefits Experience
Employee Benefits Law Group (EBLG) is excited to add Jim Paul to its talented team of attorneys and experts. Jim joins five other shareholders on the team. He most recently ran his own benefits law practice.
Jim has worked on employee benefit plans with employers, plan sponsors, governmental agencies and other clients. He is an expert on myriad benefits topics, including 401(k) plan compliance and corrections, executive deferred compensation, benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions and fiduciary issues.
“We’re thrilled to add Jim,” said EBLG Shareholder Kevin Long. “Like us, he’s built his career providing clear counsel and advice to help clients solve benefits problems, enhance their bottom lines and retain their best employees.”
Jim has received numerous accolades over his career, including being named one of Sacramento Magazine’s top lawyers each of the past two years. He is a member of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (ACEBC) and the Leadership Council for the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA), serving as co-chair of ASPPA’s Government Affairs Committee. Jim also serves on the board of directors for KVIE Public Television.
“Employee Benefits Law Group has earned a stellar reputation through its exclusive focus on this challenging aspect of law,” said Jim. “I’m delighted to join a team of peers who understand the sophistication, nuance and importance of benefits law, and I look forward to helping them continue to set the standard for this niche.”
Jim earned his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and his B.S. in business economics from Colorado State University. He will work out of EBLG’s Sacramento office.
Speaking at the Annual NCEO Ownership Conference
April 18-20, 2018 | Atlanta
This year's conference was sold out, with more than 1,800 attendees and sponsors sharing knowledge and experience through Q&A, Table Talks, and One-on-One sessions, including the EBLG team.
- Kevin Long, who serves on NCEO's board of directors, presented Shifting the Focus: Would the ESOP Really Want to Buy Your Company?
- Wendy Gilligan presented Best Practices in Compensation Governance.
- Sheryl Bayani-Alzona presented Employee Benefits In Mergers and Acquisitions. Should It Stay Or Should It Go?
Presenting the WP&BC's Annual Legislative Update
February 7, 2018 | Sacramento
Marcel Weiland presented the 2018 Legislative & Regulatory Update at the Sacramento chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Council meeting. This was Marcel's 19th year of doing the chapter's Legislative & Regulatory Update. He started in the last year of Bill Clinton's presidency.
Earning Recognition - Kevin Long Named Among Best Lawyers in America
Employee Benefits Law Group PC, California’s preeminent benefits law firm, is pleased to announce that The Best Lawyers in America has again honored the firm by naming Kevin Long to its list. He has earned the recognition every year since 2001.
For 24 years, Best Lawyers has used a rigorous peer-reviewed survey of more than seven million confidential evaluations to build its list, making it a credible distinction that epitomizes excellence in law. The publication does not accept fees or payments for recognition, meaning the recognition is based purely on peer-to-peer evaluations. To learn more about the award and Kevin, please click here.
Speaking at the ESOP Association California and Western States Chapter Conference
October 12, 2017 | San Diego
Kevin Long spoke on the Legislative and Regulatory Update panel at the ESOP Association's California and Western States Chapter Conference. Sheryl Bayani-Alzona spoke on Dealing with IRS Audits and DOL Investigations. Wendy Gilligan moderated a round table discussion on "Trustees: Internal vs. External. What has Worked for You?" For further information on the conference, please click here http://www.esopassociation.org/chapters/find-a-chapter/CAWS or contact our office.
Sponsoring the ProVisors Tournament
August 28, 2017 | La Rinconada Country Club
Employee Benefits Law Group PC was proud to sponsor the 2017 ProVisors Bay Area Golf and Bocce Ball Tournament. This event was a great opportunity for us to spread the word about our new name and brand (check out that banner logo!) but also to meet and strengthen relationships with professional advisors who can provide valuable services to our clients when they need them. We're looking forward to the 2018 tournament!
Presenting An Introduction to ESOPs
August 3, 2017 | Professional Advisors Forum, Sacramento
Wendy Gilligan presented "An Introduction to ESOPs" to the Professional Advisors Forum event hosted by Olympus Tax on August 3rd. Geared toward professional services providers, the group learned about the ESOP basics, what makes a company a good ESOP candidate and what are our "ESOP Stoppers" - company characteristics that make an ESOP not the right solution.
Wendy Gilligan Promoted to Shareholder
August 1, 2017
Employee Benefits Law Group PC is pleased to announce the promotion of Wendy Gilligan to shareholder. Wendy joined the firm in 2012 and works in our Folsom office. She concentrates her practice on ESOP transactions and employee benefits issues in non-ESOP mergers and acquisitions. She also helps clients with qualified retirement plans and non-qualified deferred compensation plans, including 401(k) plans, restricted stock plans, phantom stock plans and stock appreciation rights (SARs) plans. Wendy earned her J.D. from the University of California, Davis and her LL.M. in taxation from the University of Alabama.
Providing an Update at the Fresno Chapter Meeting of National Institute of Pension Administrators (NIPA)
June 29, 2017 | Ramada Inn, 324 East Shaw, Fresno, CA
Speaking at the Capital Forum on Pensions 2017
May 24, 2017 | Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa, 1220 Arden Hills Lane, Sacramento, CA
Marcel Weiland spoke on a panel titled "Ethics in a World of Fake News." The conference was co-sponsored by the Sacramento chapters of the Western Pension & Benefits Conference and the National Institute of Pension Administrators. Here is a link for more information. http://www.wpbcsacramento.org/event-2360635
Kevin Long Joins NCEO Board
National Center for Employee Ownership
April 2017 – Kevin Long has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Center for Employee Ownership. NCEO is the nonprofit membership and research organization established in 1981 that is the nation’s #1 resources for objective, and reliable information on employee stock ownership plans, equity compensation plans, and ownership culture. Employee Benefits Law Group PC has been a long-time NCEO member, national conference sponsor and source of contributing authorship for its publications and programs. With over 3,000 members, NCEO provides ESOP companies and service providers with access to employee ownership resources and ESOP consulting. Perhaps the most important resource being the knowledge and experience of other members. We are proud to support Kevin as he takes on this new challenge. Visit NCEO's website at www.nceo.org.