Bruce J. McNeil

Bruce J. McNeil

Leech Tishman, LLC

Recognized since 2006

Washington, District of Columbia

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Litigation - ERISA

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Bruce J. McNeil represents clients in a wide range of employee benefit matters, including executive and deferred compensation arrangements and complex employee benefits litigation.

Bruce is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and is considered one of the country’s foremost authorities on executive and deferred compensation.

Bruce regularly advises clients on a wide variety of issues with respect to tax-qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, 403(b) and 457 plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, equity arrangements, split-dollar life insurance arrangements, COLI, and other forms of executive compensation. Bruce counsels clients on all aspects of tax-qualified and executive and nonqualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements for taxable and tax-exempt employers, employee benefit issues in mergers and acquisitions, fiduciary responsibility, and prohibited transaction issues.

Bruce also has experience in practicing before the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in examinations, correction programs, and ruling requests.

Bruce has served as an expert in federal hearings and investigations, including:

• Testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance as an expert witness in the hearings on the Enron Corporation.

• Testifying before the U.S. Department of Labor ERISA Advisory Council on executive compensation, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, and other employee benefits matters.

• Participating in several investigations by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the impact of mergers and acquisitions on employee benefits, cybersecurity and employee benefit plans, reporting, and disclosure for nonqualified plans at the request of U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), U.S. Representative Robert Scott (D-VA), and other members of Congress.

• Participating in an investigation by the GAO on nonqualified deferred compensation plans at the request of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT).

As a leader in employee benefits law, Bruce served on the Board of Directors of the Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA) and was chair of its Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Western Pension & Benefits Council. Bruce is the Editor-in-Chief of both the Journal of Pension Planning & Compliance and the Journal of Deferred Compensation: Nonqualified Plans and Executive Compensation, quarterly publications published by Wolters Kluwer, and a Contributing Editor of the 401(k) Advisor, a monthly publication also published by Wolters Kluwer. In addition, Bruce has been an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, Drake University Law School, and the University of Iowa College of Law, and is a frequent lecturer on employee benefits matters. He has authored more than 40 books on the subject, including Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans, published by Thomson Reuters, co-authored the IRA Answer Book, published by Wolters Kluwer, and written more than 100 articles on related employee benefit topics.

Contact & Links
  • 1750 K Street Northwest, Suite 1200
    Washington, DC 20006
  • Concordia College (Moorhead), B.A.
  • Georgetown University, M.A.
  • Georgetown University, LL.M., graduated 1983
  • Georgetown University, J.D., graduated 1982
Bar Admissions
  • North Dakota, State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Iowa, The Iowa State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar
  • Connecticut, Connecticut Bar Association
  • Minnesota, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel - Fellow
  • Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA) - Board member, chair of Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Committee
  • Joint TE/GE Council - Chair, Board of Directors, 2018-2019
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Leech Tishman, LLC
Headquarters: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

13 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

2 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Litigation - ERISA
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management


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