Mr. Ashton is a partner in the employee benefits and executive compensation practice group of the national law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. His practice focuses on all aspects of employee benefits issues, including representing public and private sector plans and their sponsors, negotiating the resolution of plan qualification issues under IRS remedial correction programs, advising and defending fiduciaries on their obligations and liabilities, structuring qualified plans, non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements and health care arrangements and representing plan service providers in fulfilling their obligations under ERISA. Combining his employee benefits and transactional expertise, Mr. Ashton is also active in the installation and funding of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). He has served as president of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) for the 2003-2004 term. From 1998 through 2002, Mr. Ashton served as the co-chair of ASPPA's Government Affairs Committee and was a member of its board of directors from 1997 to 2007. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Actuaries during 2003-2004, was the president of the Western Pension & Benefits Conference Los Angeles Chapter from 2008-2009, and currently serves as a member of the leadership counsel of the National Tax Sheltered Accounts Association (NTSAA). Mr. Ashton will serve as president of NTSAA during the 2013-2014 term.
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