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Year founded: 1975
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Overview

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Groom Law Group, Chartered (“Groom”) has been at the forefront of developments in the nation’s benefits, health, and retirement laws since Congress passed ERISA in 1974, drawing many of its attorneys from the federal agencies that regulate employee benefits and forging strong ties with key players in all three branches of government.

With more than 90 attorneys dedicated to the employee benefits practice, Groom offers clients unparalleled coverage of issues and disputes arising from ERISA, the IRS Code, securities laws, ACA, HIPAA, COBRA, ADEA, and the many other laws that govern employee benefits, health, and retirement matters. Working collaboratively across practice groups, Groom’s attorneys build upon their diverse backgrounds to share a common understanding of benefits, health, and retirement law that enables them to integrate their efforts across areas of specialization to produce the best results for their clients. The firm prides itself on offering state-of-the-art advice on best practices and emerging trends in employee benefits to a diverse group of clients across the country. Groom emphasizes a team approach to clients that assures responsive and efficient service.

Employers & Sponsors Practice:

Groom offers practical experience and thoughtful advice for employers of all sizes across a diverse range of industries to assist with workplace and personnel issues, benefit design, plan funding and restructuring, executive compensation arrangements, litigation, advocacy, and more.

  • Executive Compensation Programs: We assist clients with the design, funding, and administration of plans that are advantageous to executives and comply with government regulation.
  • Fiduciary & Plan Governance: Our attorneys helped shape most major administrative initiatives related to ERISA fiduciary responsibility provisions—plan governance is our second nature.
  • Fringe Benefits & Payroll: We advise clients regarding tax reporting and withholding for employer payroll and retirement plan distributions, as well as optimizing the design and tax treatment of fringe benefit arrangements.
  • Health & Welfare Programs: Groom attorneys provide expert advice on benefits financing, contract negotiations, fiduciary issues, plan design and drafting, fringe benefits, and more.
  • Retirement Programs: Groom’s expertise includes a broad range of retirement & pension plans, such as 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, defined benefit & cash balance plans, IRAs, & ESOPs.

Health Services Practice:

In an evolving landscape, Groom attorneys provide sound counsel across an array of health and welfare matters, including advocacy and litigation, to expertly guide managed care organizations, insurance companies, trade associations, specialized health service companies, and others.

  • Federal Insurance Regulation: Groom advises the largest insurance companies, managed care organizations, and health care service providers on federal programs and insurance regulation.
  • Privacy & Security: Groom helps health plans, insurers, & service providers navigate privacy and security rules, including electronic recordkeeping, disclosures, & data sharing
  • Taxation of Benefits: Groom’s experts have worked at Treasury, the IRS and the Congressional tax committees. Their knowledge of tax law, and where it is headed, helps shape the products and services of insurance companies, third party administrators and other health plan service providers.
  • State Insurance Regulation: Groom is uniquely positioned to help our clients understand state insurance law issues, especially given the growing body of overlapping federal laws.
  • ERISA: Since ERISA’s founding in 1974, Groom attorneys have helped our clients navigate the complex and constantly evolving legal landscape. With a deep understanding of ERISA issues—from preemption to reporting and disclosure—our attorneys provide the best solutions to challenges arising from this complex federal law.
  • Health Services Advocacy: We work extensively on behalf of our clients to help shape healthcare policy at the state and federal level.
  • Health Services Litigation: Groom’s litigation attorneys leverage the firm’s specialized focus on health care services to provide unparalleled litigation defense services to clients.

Retirement Services Practice:

Groom attorneys are widely recognized for their forward-thinking work in representing retirement plan sponsors and financial institutions, as well as complex litigation matters involving plan service providers, rabbi trusts and other executive compensation arrangements.

  • Plan Services & Providers: Plan service providers rely on Groom for assistance with issues arising under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, and other applicable state and federal laws.
  • Investment of Plan Assets: Groom attorneys combine the right tools, resources, and comprehensive experience to tactfully advise clients on their most important plan investment projects.
  • Audits & Investigations: We leverage our in-depth knowledge of plan investments and operations to assist plan sponsors and financial institutions with Department of Labor investigations and Internal Revenue Service audits.
  • Financial Institutions & Advisers: We assist financial institutions and advisers with regard to the design and delivery of products and services in the retirement plan marketplace.
  • IRAs/HSAs: Our decades-long focus on health and retirement plans uniquely positions us to assist our clients in the development, marketing, and management of IRAs and HSAs.
  • Retirement Services Advocacy: Drawing on our substantive experience and leveraging our inside-the-Beltway connections, Groom advances retirement policy for employers and service providers.
  • Retirement Services Litigation: Groom litigators have a proven track record of representing retirement service providers in complicated, “bet the company” litigation.

Litigation Practice:

From complex class actions to federal agency investigations, Groom’s nationally recognized litigators use skill, toughness, and creativity to win successful outcomes for clients.

  • Employer & Sponsor Litigation: Our litigation team applies skill and creativity to shape processes and generate positive outcomes for employers in their plan sponsor and fiduciary capacities.
  • Health Services Litigation: Groom’s litigation attorneys leverage the firm’s specialized focus on health care services to provide unparalleled litigation defense services to clients.
  • Retirement Services Litigation: Groom litigators have a proven track record of representing retirement service providers in complicated, “bet the company” litigation.

Policy Practice:

Groom’s policy professionals are able to achieve positive outcomes for clients by leveraging substantive expertise and extensive relationships in Washington, DC.

  • Employer Advocacy: Groom brings its specialized expertise, practical advice, and focused counsel to employers of all sizes and industries.
  • Health Services Advocacy: We work extensively on behalf of our clients to help shape healthcare policy at the state and federal level.
  • Retirement Services Advocacy: Drawing on our substantive experience and leveraging our inside-the-Beltway connections, Groom advances retirement policy for employers and service providers.

Rankings

Groom Law Group, Chartered is nationally ranked in 3 practice areas and metro ranked in 3 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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National Rankings

Tier 1
Tier 1 for Litigation - ERISA
Tier 2
Tier 2 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 3
Tier 3 for Tax Law

Metro Rankings

Washington, D.C., DC
Tier 1 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - ERISA
Tier 2 for Tax Law

Select Clients

  • American Benefits Council
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
  • Campbell Soup Company
  • CBS
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Delphi Automotive Systems
  • Dow Chemical
  • Eli Lilly
  • Hess Corporation
  • Ohio Public Employees Retirement System
  • Owens Corning
  • Prudential Financial
  • Toshiba America

Highlighted Client Comments

All client comments represent the opinions of the people who provided them. All potential clients are urged to remember that no two cases are ever completely alike and that the result in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Groom's ability to specialize very finely in areas of ERISA and related practices means I get thorough and insightful advice quickly and at cost-effective prices.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
David Levine with the Groom Law Group is one of the best ERISA lawyers in the country. He possesses a unique ability to bring together complicated legal issues and practical solutions.
Litigation - ERISA
Groom Law Group knows ERISA and seeks practical solutions. Lars Golumbic does great work.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Groom Law Group is an excellent firm, well positioned in the industry and with regulators. In particular, Andree St. Martin, Christine Keller, and Vivian Hunter Turner all provide outstanding counsel and terrific client service.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Groom is responsive and at the leading edge, and their advice is extraordinarily valuable, especially with the landscape changing so rapidly.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Groom's expertise is unparalleled, as is their commitment to client service.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
When it comes to complex employee benefits matters, it is hard to find a firm with such depth of experience in this area.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Groom provides excellent service through lawyers with specialized expertise who cover the full range of qualified plan and IRA issues. Their deep bench ensures broad perspective and full coverage.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Groom Law Group has the smartest employee benefits lawyers in Washington. They are experts in health benefits and insurance issues. Their attorneys can help clients navigate the intersection of legal issues, business and policy.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
The Health Care Reform team at Groom is one of the best of in the business. The lawyers at Groom are well-respected and well-connected; and as a result, they are able to provide their clients with unique insight into the purpose, policy goals and other drivers behind regulations and guidance. If you have a HHS/DOL/IRS regulatory inquiry, they are who you want at the table.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Groom Law Group provides great legal analysis and creative solutions for addressing ERISA and other employee benefit issues.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Groom Law Group is a premium law firm that provides quick responsive and practical advice on many of the cutting edge issues in the employee benefit area. They are extremely responsive to client needs and provide excellent advice on both legal issues and practical applications of the law. I think no other firm compares to their breadth, knowledge and expertise in this area of the law.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
As the Chair of a Retiree Benefits Plan (VEBA) that has been in operation for over 20 years, I believe that the Groom Law Group's ERISA practice sets the benchmark for practice in this area. The information and guidance they provide is always well-informed and thoroughly reliable. Their knowledge of ERISA, HIPAA, and other health and labor laws related to the operation of retiree health plans is, in my experience, unparalleled.

Rankings

National Rankings

Tier 1
Tier 1 for Litigation - ERISA
Tier 2
Tier 2 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 3
Tier 3 for Tax Law

Metro Rankings

Washington, D.C., DC
Tier 1 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - ERISA
Tier 2 for Tax Law

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Tax Law

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

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Client Comments

All client comments represent the opinions of the people who provided them. All potential clients are urged to remember that no two cases are ever completely alike and that the result in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case.
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Awards

Awards are self-reported by firms and are not verified by the Best Law Firms rankings.
  • Chambers USA 2022 - Band 1, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (District of Columbia and Nationwide)

     

  • Chambers USA 2022 - Band 2, ERISA Litigation (Nationwide)
  • Legal 500 2022 - Tier 1, Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
  • Legal 500 2022 - Tier 2, ERISA Litigation
  • Legal 500 2022 - Tier 3, Healthcare: health insurers

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Contacts

Employers & Sponsors Practice Co-Chair
David Levine
Employers Practice Co-Chair
Allie Itami
Health Services Practice Co-Chair
Jon Breyfogle
Health Services Practice Co-Chair
Lisa Campbell
Litigation Practice Co-Chair
Lars Golumbic
Litigation Practice Co-Chair
Will Delany
Policy Practice Chair
Brigen Winters
Retirement Services Practice Chair
Michael Kreps
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