John's practice is primarily focused on employee benefits, ERISA, and deferred compensation matters. He is accomplished in many facets of the design, implementation, and administration of qualified and nonqualified employee benefit plans. John has experience with matters relating to the employee benefit concerns in corporate acquisitions, dispositions, and mergers; employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs); ERISA fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction matters; and matters involving the tax and ERISA concerns for employee health, life insurance, and other welfare benefit plans.In addition to these activities, John has engaged in strategic planning and advice for managing ERISA and employee benefits litigation and for administrative claim disputes. He assists clients in their dealings with various federal and state government agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor.John has been a contributing writer for the Compensation Planning Journal and the Tax Management Portfolio series, including co-authoring a recent memorandum titled "Fiduciary Duties in the Face of Troubled Economic Times." John has lectured on numerous occasions for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the American Corporate Counsel Association – Pittsburgh Chapter. John is also a certified public accountant.John has been ranked in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2009 and was ranked the “Best Employee Benefits Lawyer – Pittsburgh” in 2013.