Mary Jo Larson - Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

Mary Jo Larson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001
Phone: 248-784-5183

Mary Jo Larson puts her 30 years of benefits experience to work on her clients' 401(k)s, pension plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and executive compensation. She also advises fiduciaries responsible for the investment of plan assets. "I am passionate about helping clients quickly solve their benefits and compensation challenges, so they can get on with the business of running their business."

University of MichiganBA 1979
IRS Great Lakes Tax-Exempt and Governmental Entities CouncilMichigan Employee Benefits ConferenceForgotten HarvestQuest University CanadaAmerican Bar AssociationAmerican College of Employee Benefits CounselMichigan Bar Association

Case History

Executive Compensation

Advised on and drafted an equity-type incentive compensation plan and grants for a significant start-up joint venture organized as an LLC

Advised a large tax-exempt entity on disposition of a nonqualified 457(b) plan upon the entity's acquisition by a taxable entity

Prepared documentation for incentive compensation plan for bank client based on achievement of financial targets

Tax-Qualified Retirement Plans

Drafted unifying plan document simplifying the merger of four dissimilar and complex defined benefit pension plans with $220 million in assets, including consolidation of multiple benefit forms and actuarial assumptions in view of the anti-cutback rules

Carried out an operational audit of all of client's pension, 401(k)/profit-sharing, welfare and executive compensation plans (including a nonqualified deferred compensation plan and match plan); developed a work plan to resolve all the issues uncovered

Determined and helped implement corrections and completed IRS voluntary compliance program process on multiple 401(k) loan violations in four plans with more than $1 billion in assets


Client Comments

"Mary Jo advocates well on our behalf and gives deep consideration to the scope of questions to ensure that all facets are well considered and an informed decision results. She is intuitively skilled to ask questions and ensure that her guidance is comprehensive and appropriately aligned to the business."

-Cara Tryban
Director - Benefits
PulteGroup, Inc.

"My experience with Warner Norcross and Mary Jo Larson has been exemplary for many years. They are a valuable resource to our organization. "

-Christine VanSlembrouck
Manager, Benefits & Compensation
Northern Michigan Regional Hospital

"Mary Jo is the primary reason that we consolidated our ERISA work with Warner Norcross. She has extensive experience and balances real world situations with the technical requirements of the employee benefits practice. We have used a number of national and regional firms for the ERISA work and we recently consolidated all of this with Mary Jo's firm because of the quality of service, knowledge, and value."

"Mary Jo Larson is a very knowledgeable expert in ERISA Benefits Law. She is very dedicated and very responsive to her client's needs. She has the ability to understand and analyze a situation and then provide expert legal advice that is very understandable, I.e. speaks in plain English without a lot of legal terminology. She has been a great asset to our company. I would highly recommend Mary Jo Larson."

Office Location

2000 Town Center, Suite 2700
Southfield, MI 48075-1318
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law of the Detroit Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law of the Detroit Metro Area
Mary Jo Larson has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Mary Jo Larson has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (ERISA, Executive Compensation, Pension, Health and Welfare, Qualified Plans)