John L. Utz

John L. Utz


Utz & Lattan, LLC

Recognized since 1995

Overland Park, Kansas

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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JOHN L. UTZ focuses exclusively on employee benefits law, including matters affecting pension, profit sharing, ESOP, 401(k), executive compensation, and health and welfare programs. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and is a Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Mr. Utz is also active in the American Bar Association, currently serving as the chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Section of Taxation and having chaired several ABA subcommittees on employee benefits issues.

Mr. Utz is the author of a regular column on executive compensation litigation in The NASPP Advisor. He is also the author of a chapter on Executive Compensation Litigation in the treatise Executive Compensation (published by the Bureau of National Affairs) and the author of two Tax Management Portfolios (on Nonstatutory Stock Options and Restricted Property under Section 83). Mr. Utz has published articles in journals such as the Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal, Employee Relations Law Journal, Labor Law Journal, The Labor Lawyer, Employee Benefits Journal, Journal of Pension Planning & Compliance, Journal of Deferred Compensation, ERISA and Benefits Law Journal, Pension Plan Administrator, The Corporate Analyst, Employee Benefits Counselor, and Journal of the Missouri Bar.

Mr. Utz has been a frequent speaker at national employee benefits seminars, including those sponsored by the ABA, ALI-ABA, AICPA and ASPA

Location

  • 7285 West 132nd Street, Suite 320
    Overland Park, KS 66213-1164

Education

  • University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, graduated 1979
  • University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, graduated 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas, Kansas Bar Association

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Employee Benefits Committee - Vice Chair
  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel - Fellow

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Kansas City, KS (2017)
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Kansas City, KS (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Special Focus

  • Corporate Compliance
  • ERISA
  • Executive Compensation
  • Fiduciary Responsibility
  • Government Plans
  • Pension, Health and Welfare
  • Qualified Plans

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