Hawkins Parnell & Young is a national defense litigation firm that has represented many of the largest and most well-known companies in high-risk litigation and business disputes. The 250-strong litigation team works with clients to develop winning defense strategies and, if necessary, try cases to verdict in all 50 states. As national leaders in their fields of expertise, their ESOP, Employee Benefits, M&A, Tax & ERISA group brings extraordinary depth in perspective when advising clients in connection with retirement plans, equity incentives, executive compensation, shareholder issues, fiduciaries, mergers and acquisitions, and employment and benefits litigation throughout the country.
The Wagner Law Group is a nationally recognized practice in the areas of ERISA and employee benefits, which includes the distinct areas of Fiduciary Compliance, Retirement Plans, ESOPs, Executive Compensation & Nonqualified Plans, Welfare Benefit Plans, PBGC and Retiree Medical Trusts™. The firm’s practice areas also include Employment, Labor & Human Resources, Investment Management, Trusts & Estates, Litigation and Family Law. With offices across the country, the firm provides unparalleled legal advice to its clients, including large, small and nonprofit corporations as well as individuals and government entities worldwide, and is distinguished by the U.S. News & World Report's Best Law Firms as a Tier-1 ERISA and employee benefits law firm. The Wagner Law Group is also certified as a woman-owned and operated business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
David R. Johanson has helped hundreds of corporations form ESOPs and create effective employee ownership through other equity incentives during the past 35 years. Mr. Johanson assists clients in designing ESOP and equity incentive plans and accomplishing ESOP-related transactions, including mergers and acquisitions of all kinds. Mr. Johanson also defends ERISA fiduciary actions in Federal Courts throughout the U.S. and is actively involved in defending regulatory and enforcement actions by the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor. Recognized nationally for his experience and expertise in the ESOP and executive compensation field, Mr. Johanson is a past chair (1993-1995 and 2005-2007) of the legislative and regulatory advisory committee of The ESOP Association. He also is a past chair of The ESOP Association’s advisory committee chairs council and is a former member of its board of directors. Mr. Johanson was honored at the 17th annual conference of The ESOP Association as the outstanding advisory committee chair for 1993-94. Mr. Johanson served for more than ten years as General Counsel to The National Center for Employee Ownership and on its board of directors. Mr. Johanson writes and speaks frequently about employee ownership throughout the U.S.