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John R. Paliga

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John Paliga is a lawyer and a law professor and his practice is dedicated to understanding and solving employee benefit issues for businesses and individuals.  John has detailed knowledge of non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, tax-qualified defined benefit and defined contribution plans, (both multi-employer and single-employer), and health care benefits under the Affordable Care Act.

John regularly negotiates with lawyers from the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.  Businesses turn to John to address employee benefit issues in mergers, acquisitions and loan refinancing. John has served as the employee benefits lawyer to businesses involved in bankruptcy reorganization proceedings.

John has significant experience in employee benefits litigation, including having prepared testimony and served as an expert witness.  Judges, retirement plans, individuals, and domestic relations lawyers regularly seek John’s assistance in dividing retirement assets in connection with divorce proceedings.

John is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches courses in the Master of Laws in Taxation program. John also is a Vice-Chair of the Employee Benefits and Other Compensation Group of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust & Estates Section.  John is a Neutral Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and he has been trained in Collaborative Law.

John has led the employee benefits practice of a medium-sized law firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.  He also served as Assistant Chief Counsel of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), where he focused on ERISA litigation, bankruptcy, ERISA coverage determinations and transactional work. John was the primary author of the government’s amicus brief in Hughes v. Jacobson, 525, U.S. 432 (1999). In addition, John was the lead attorney for the PBGC in several notable ERISA matters, such as Enron, Polaroid and Laidlaw. 

John R. Paliga, Esquire 
233 East Redwood Street Baltimore, Maryland  21202
P: 410-576-4166 F: 410-576-4292

Youngstown State UniversityBS 1986The Ohio State UniversityJ.D. 1989Georgetown University Law CenterLL.D 2003
American Bar Association

Office Location

The Garrett Building
233 East Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-3332
United States

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Other Information

Gender: Male