Practice Areas

Employee Benefits

Carlsmith Ball advises clients on all aspects of employee benefits, including pension plans, ERISA compliance and executive compensation. Our clients include public and private corporations, government entities, and profit and nonprofit organizations.

With the largest group of attorneys in Hawaii practicing in the highly specialized area of pension law, Carlsmith Ball's extensive experience includes advising hundreds of employers in the tax treatment and fiduciary obligations relating to the design, investment, and maintenance of:

  • 401(k)
  • Age-weighted
  • Cash balance
  • Defined benefit
  • ESOP
  • Money purchase
  • Other retirement plans.
  • Profit sharing
  • Target benefit

Our attorneys also handle all aspects of employee benefits, such as ERISA, pensions, and executive compensation, including:

  • Benefit plans for governmental and tax-exempt entities
  • Executive agreements
  • Fiduciary responsibilities and prohibited transactions
  • Golden parachutes
  • Health and welfare benefit plans
  • Incentive bonus and retention plans
  • Non-qualified deferred compensation plans
  • Plan terminations, assets and investments
  • Supplemental executive retirement plans (SERPs)
  • Stock options, phantom stock, restricted stock
  • Rabbi trusts and other funding vehicles
  • Tax qualified retirement plans