Working with other attorneys and professionals to provide a range of legal services to the IAM National Pension Fund, the IAM National 401(k) Fund and the National IAM Benefit Fund (collectively the “Funds”). This position, with other staff in the Legal Services Department, will assist the Funds in identifying legal needs, provide counsel, represent the Funds in court or regulatory proceedings and perform other duties to ensure the Funds receive the best and most cost-effective legal solutions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Under supervision of the General Counsel, handle matters involving withdrawn employers and withdrawal liability cases.
• Draft, review and finalize the Notice and Demands, payment arrangements, and other correspondence with withdrawn employers, assist outside counsel in negotiating payment plans when necessary, with requests for review of withdrawal liability calculations, and preparation of arbitrations and litigation.
• Direct paralegal work in preparing updates/input for new referrals/organize and properly close matters where appropriate, etc.
• Update and maintain withdrawal and withdrawal liability records.
• Under supervision of the General Counsel, handle matters involving delinquent employers and delinquency collection cases liability cases.
• Coordinate work with other relevant Funds Departments on the collection of delinquent contributions.
• Draft demand letters for collection of delinquent contributions.
• Assist outside counsel in negotiating payment plans when necessary, with requests for review of withdrawal liability calculations, and preparation of arbitrations and litigation.
• Direct paralegal to timely prepare, create and provide collection status reports to General Counsel.
• Supervise administrative functions of the Department’s collections programs on behalf of the Funds, including assisting lawyers with review and distribution of letters to delinquent employers.
• Perform legal and factual research.
• Perform records research.
• Identify relevant judicial decisions, statutes, legal articles, codes and other pertinent material.
• Organize and analyze information.
• Cross-check and validate information.
• Prepare written reports.
• Draft, review and negotiate legal documents including contracts, confidentiality/nondisclosure agreements, plan amendments, plan policies and procedures, reports including financial reports, performance metrics and key performance indicators, lease agreements, briefs, pleadings, appeals, and legal memoranda.
• Draft, review, and revise compliance (DOL, IRS) filings and compliance filing review.
• Draft and assist in drafting legal arguments, briefs, applications, declarations and motions.
• Prepare correspondence.
• Organize and track matter and case files for which the attorney has responsibility.
• Stay informed of new and updated laws and regulations, particularly affecting areas of employee benefits, multiemployer retirement and welfare benefit plans. Monitor benefits and tax regulations and statutes, including ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code to ensure compliance.
• Co-ordinate Legal Services Department activities with other department employees, such as subpoena response or delivery.
• Investigate, prepare responses to agency complaints, including preparation and maintenance of subpoena and discovery responses.
• Other duties as assigned.
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:
• Experience or expertise in employee benefits law, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal revenue Code.
• Strong research, analytical and critical thinking skills.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills, including strong public speaking skills.
• Commitment to abiding by applicable laws and behaving ethically.
• Strong desire to work within a team of attorneys and other professionals with high performance expectations but with the ability to work independently.
• High stress tolerance.
• Adaptability and attention to detail and accuracy.
• Thorough knowledge of legal principles and practices.
• Thorough knowledge of legal research techniques.
• Thorough knowledge of legal terminology.
• Thorough knowledge of legal communication principles and practices.
• Knowledge of local, state and federal laws and regulations, knowledge of laws and regulations affecting ERISA retirement and welfare benefit plans.
• Relevant computer knowledge and experience, including experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
• Juris Doctor from an American Bar Association accredited law school.
• Admission to the District of Columbia bar, or the ability to become admitted within one year of hiring.
JOB TITLE: Staff Counsel; Legal Services Department
REPORT TO: General Counsel; Assistant General Counsel