Best Law FirmBest Law Firm 2016

Look out any window from Groom’s offices on Pennsylvania Avenue and you’ll see a panorama of official Washington that takes in the White House, Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, and numerous federal office buildings.

It’s a view that could not be more appropriate for Groom. The firm has been at the forefront of developments in the nation’s employee benefits laws since Congress passed ERISA in 1974, drawing many of its attorneys from the federal agencies that regulate employee benefits and forging strong ties with key players in all three branches of government.

With over 80 attorneys dedicated to the employee benefits practice, Groom offers clients unparalleled coverage of issues and disputes arising from ERISA, the Tax Code, securities laws, HIPAA, COBRA, ADEA, and the many other laws that govern employee benefits. Working in eight different practice groups, Groom’s attorneys build upon their diverse backgrounds to share a common understanding of employee benefits law that enables them to integrate their efforts across areas of specialization to produce the best results for their clients. The firm prides itself on offering state-of-the-art advice on best practices and emerging trends in employee benefits to a diverse group of clients across the country. Groom emphasizes a team approach to clients that assures responsive and efficient service.

Contact Information

1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006-5811
Phone: 202-857-0620

Firm Attorneys

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Jon W. Breyfogle Jon W. Breyfogle Groom Law Group, Chartered
Practicing in: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Practicing in: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Douglas W. Ell Douglas W. Ell Groom Law Group, Chartered
Practicing in: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Practicing in: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Jennifer E. Eller Jennifer E. Eller Groom Law Group, Chartered
Practicing in: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Practicing in: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Gary M. Ford Gary M. Ford Groom Law Group, Chartered
Practicing in: Litigation - ERISA
Practicing in: Litigation - ERISA
Thomas S. Gigot Thomas S. Gigot Groom Law Group, Chartered
Practicing in: Litigation - ERISA
Practicing in: Litigation - ERISA

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    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in District of Columbia in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law with 15 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Washington, District of Columbia in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law with 15 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in District of Columbia in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law with 15 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Washington, District of Columbia in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law with 15 lawyers.

    Clients

    Campbell Soup Company, CBS, ConocoPhillips, Delphi Automotive Systems, Dow Chemical, Eli Lilly, Owens Corning, and Prudential Financial.


    Client Comments

    "Andree St. Martin is an exceptionally thoughtful lawyer."
    "Andree St. Martin stands out as one of the most knowledgeable, consultative, and responsive attorneys -- not just at Groom, but in private practice generally. Andree has the ability to address any matter pragmatically, and does so with tremendous efficiency."
    "Andree St. Martin is one of the most creative minds in Title I analytics. She has outstanding responsiveness and superior intellect."
    "David provides us with great service."
    "Ian Lanoff has exceptional knowledge and experience related to ERISA and other laws pertinent to the operation of a retiree health plan (VEBA). His vast knowledge of ERISA was, no doubt, enhanced considerably by his participation in the drafting of the law when he was employed by the Department of Labor. He now represents a wide variety of union and Taft-Hartley health and welfare plans, and that enormous experience yields great dividends when our plan needs his advice on various legal matters. Mr. Lanoff has established a very cordial relationship with the members of my board and with various consultants who work with us. This has lead to very easy communications between him and the other principals involved. Mr. Lanoff is extremely responsive to any questions we might have, and he brings the expertise of his colleagues from Groom Law Group to bear on some issues, as necessary. I could not be happier with the level of expertise, advice, and guidance provided by Mr. Lanoff, and I know that our Retiree Health Plan would be much worse off had it not been for his presence throughout the 21 years it has been in existence."
    - Richard Lichtenstein
    University of Michigan School of Public Health
    "Ian Lanoff is one of the most responsive attorneys that I have ever worked with. He made himself available at all times and responded with clarity and focus."
    - Fran Parker
    UAW Retiree Medical Benefit Trust
    "Her response time, industry knowledge, and practicality of advice are all excellent. I like how Jenny and Groom partner with us. She understands that I need to advise my internal clients in my company. From her, I get practical business answers and not textbook, unworkable solutions. I have a highly skilled group of ERISA lawyers in my company, so I am very selective on the outside ERISA firms I hire. Jenny and her partners bring depth to the table, adding to our level of expertise and not duplicating it."
    - Gisele Sutherland
    Marshal Ilsley Trust Company
    "Jon Breyfogle and the entire team at Groom Law have very deep expertise in Employee Benefits from the technical/legal side as well as the practical/administrative side."
    - Elizabeth Weber
    Comcast Corporation
    "Jon has no peers when it comes to understanding what drives regulatory policy under ERISA and as a result he provides invaluable help to us in developing persuasive arguments to achieve our goals within those regulatory constructs and imperatives. He's always accessible, responds quickly, and is a pleasure to work with."
    "Jon Breyfogle is the most strategic, plugged-in, and capable employee benefit lawyer I've come across in Washington. He is our go-to person for legal and regulatory advice on health insurance reform."
    "Louis Mazawey has extraordinary talent. He is smart, responsive, creative, and helpful, and an absolute pleasure to work with."
    "Michael is the real deal. He has expertise, responsiveness, honesty, and integrity. Plus, he makes a very hard assignment understandable and adds a bit of fun!"
    "Steve Saxon is our relationship partner at Groom, and also involved in many of the matters on which Groom has provided advice and counsel. Steve is a very personable and practical attorney, which we very much appreciate. He is also quick to refer a matter if one or more of his colleagues are better suited or, frankly, cheaper. We have never had an issue with any matter bottle-necking with the relationship partner and we are also free to call any other attorney in the firm directly as well."
    "Stephen Saxon is thoughtful, talented, knowledgeable and practical."
    "Tom Gigot is a superb counselor with an encyclopedic grasps of the law."
    "Tom is a seasoned and practical advisor with an exceptional grasp of practice area."
    "Seasoned and practical advisor with exceptional grasp of practice area."
    "Andree St. Martin is an exceptionally thoughtful lawyer."
    "Andree St. Martin stands out as one of the most knowledgeable, consultative, and responsive attorneys -- not just at Groom, but in private practice generally. Andree has the ability to address any matter pragmatically, and does so with tremendous efficiency."
    "Andree St. Martin is one of the most creative minds in Title I analytics. She has outstanding responsiveness and superior intellect."
    "David provides us with great service."

    Groom Law Group, Chartered

    Contact Information

    1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20006-5811
    Phone: 202-857-0620

    Management

    Managing Partner

    Contacts

    Executive Compensation
    202-861-6625
    Fiduciary Responsibility
    202-861-6604
    Fiduciary Responsibility
    202-861-6609
    Governmental Plans
    202-861-6600
    Governmental Plans
    202-861-6638
    Health & Welfare
    202-861-6641
    Litigation
    202-861-6615
    Multiemployer/ Taft-Hartley Plans
    202-861-0175
    Plan Design and Taxation
    202-861-6608
    Policy and Legislation
    202-861-6618

    Personnel

    Partners: 38
    Of Counsel: 11
    Associates: 27
    Paralegals: 5
    Non-Legal Employees: 30

    Practice Areas

    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    Employment Law - Management
    Government Relations Practice
    Litigation - ERISA
    Tax Law