Job Number: #2769 Status: Open Location: Houston
Type: Permanent Position: Attorney Practice Area: ERISA/Benefits
Contact: Resume Submissions
Description: ERISA Benefits Counsel – Pye Legal Group has been engaged by a premier oil and gas company to assist in the search for a senior level benefits attorney. This role provides direct legal support across a broad array of employee benefit matters including qualified plans (pension and savings), health and welfare plans, executive compensation and plan investments. Duties and responsibilities in this role will include:
• Assist in benefit plan design and manage the drafting of plan documents, plan amendments, board resolutions and agreements
• Ensure legal compliance of the company’s pension, 401(k), and health and welfare plans. Responsible for developing practical solutions to ensure benefits-related legal documentation and administrative procedures are compliant with ERISA and other applicable laws and regulations.
• Advise on executive compensation arrangements, including employment agreements, post-employment consulting agreements, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, short and long term incentive compensation plans, severance agreements, retention agreements, and change of control agreements. Amend deferred compensation plans and agreements to comply with Code.

Interested candidates must have:
• J.D. from an accredited law school and current active admission in a US State Bar Association.
• Minimum of 8 years of experience in a top-tier national or global law firm and/or corporate legal department.
• Expert knowledge and experience with ERISA, benefits compliance and tax issues with respect to qualified and non-qualified retirement plans (including 401(k) and pension plans) as well as health and welfare plans
• Substantial knowledge and experience with COBRA, HIPAA, FMLA and PPACA
• Substantial knowledge and experience with a broad range of executive compensation matters, including taxation issues (e.g., Sections 409A) and disclosure requirements under relevant securities law
• Collaborative style with good interpersonal, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills. High level ability to build relationships and engage effectively on cross-functional teams. Able to coach and guide others.

If you meet the search qualifications and are interested in this ERISA Counsel position, you may confidentially contact:, and refer to job #2769. Please include a resume in Word format.