Richard D. Sommers
Richard D. Sommers specializes in tax and compliance issues and has represented some of the largest clients nation-wide with his experience and reliability.
Richard D. Sommers, a graduate of Loyola Law School, is a widely recognized specialist in ERISA and employee benefits law. Mr. Sommers has represented Taft-Hartley Plans since 1972. Martindale-Hubble, the principal directory of attorneys in the United States, rates Mr. Sommers AV. (The highest rating obtainable.) He has lead our employee benefits practice in representing defined benefit pension plans, defined contribution plans, self-funded welfare plans, insured welfare programs, and apprenticeship and training plans.
His experience, includes preparation of plans, summary plan descriptions, and trust agreements; qualification of plans and trusts with the Internal Revenue Service and the Franchise Tax Board; representation of plans and trustees before the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service regarding investigative audits, prohibited transaction exemptions, requests for advisory opinions and tax issues; representation of plans before the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation; benefits litigation in state and federal courts; plan mergers, plan terminations; counseling funds and trustees regarding fiduciary obligations and due diligence; compliance with ERISA, Americans with Disabilities Act, HIPAA, PPA, and the PPACA and other state and federal statutory compliance issues; preparation of contracts for all aspects of the activities of employee benefit plans, (e.g., contracts with banks, consultants, investment managers, insurance companies, securities lenders, brokers, PBMs, third party administrators and other service providers).