Bruce Barth, head of the firm's Labor, Employment, Benefits + Immigration Group and chair of the Tax Group, focuses his practice on the representation of employers with respect to retirement and welfare benefits, executive compensation, and benefits issues in corporate transactions.
Mr. Barth advises clients on the implications of tax, securities, labor, and other laws, including ERISA and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Drawing from over 30 years of employee benefits experience, Mr. Barth partners with clients to develop benefit plan design and compliance strategies that meet both their business objectives and the legal requirements applicable to their employee benefits plans. He counsels clients with regard to the full spectrum of employee benefits matters, including qualified defined benefit and defined contribution plans, defined benefit plan funding, nonqualified programs and executive compensation arrangements, plan compliance and correction, health and welfare programs, participation in multiemployer plans, withdrawal liability, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Barth has spent significant time understanding and speaking on health care reform issues.
Mr. Barth is co-chair of the Subcommittee on Exempt Organization and Governmental Plans, part of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Section of Taxation. He is also a member of the Taxation and Business Law Sections of the ABA as well as the Taxation Section's Employee Benefits Committee. He is past president of the Hartford Chapter of the Worldwide Employee Benefits Network and a past member of its national board of directors. Mr. Barth is currently a member of the board of the Connecticut Public Pension Forum, a nonprofit organization focusing on providing education and advice to governmental plan fiduciaries.
Mr. Barth has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law since 1995 (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC). He has also been included on the Connecticut Super Lawyers® list since 2006 in the areas of Employee Benefits/ERISA, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Employment & Labor Law (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.).