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John Prezioso is an experienced pension and benefits lawyer with Toronto-based Brown Mills Klinck Prezioso LLP. He advises employers and plan administrators in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors on compliance, administration and governance issues relating to their pension plans and employee group benefits plans, and issues relating to pension plan investment, de-risking of defined benefit pension plans and decumulation issues in the defined contribution context.

John has extensive experience working with employers and leading compensation consultants in the design, drafting, administration and communication of incentive compensation plans for employees and executives, and with tax, employment and other compliance issues relating to incentive compensation plans.

John has also taught the Pension Law course at Queen’s University Faculty of Law.

Location

  • Richmond-Adelaide Centre
    130 Adelaide Street W., Suite 1005
    Toronto, ON M5H 3P5
    Canada

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 2002
  • Ontario, 2002

Affiliations

  • Queen’s University Faculty of Law - Past Sessional Instructor, Pensions and the Law
  • Osgoode Professional Development - Instructor, Pension Law Certificate Program
  • Canadian Bar Association - Member (Pension and Benefits Law, Labour and Employment Law, and Taxation Law Sections)
  • Ontario Bar Association - Member (Pension and Benefits Law, Labour and Employment Law, and Taxation Law Sections)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 for work in:

  • Employee Benefits Law

Awards:

  • Chambers Canada (2022-2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2019-2023)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2021)

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Representative Work

  • Advised an Ontario broader public sector employer and its investment manager in the transfer and consolidation of its pension plan assets within a new created jointly sponsored pension plan.
  • Represented a foreign parent corporation in defending two proposed Newfoundland and Labrador class actions seeking damages in relation to pension and benefits claims related to insolvent Canadian subsidiaries.
  • Assisted a large employer and pension plan administrator on its engagement of an outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO) to invest a portfolio of defined benefit pension plan, defined contribution and supplemental pension assets totalling over $3 billion.
  • Successfully co-defended a business against multiple proceedings in which the Minister of National Revenue alleged that certain of the business' workers had been improperly characterized as independent contractors for Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance purposes.
  • Drafted and advised on the implementation of various incentive compensation plans for one of the largest investment managers in Canada.

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