Paul Hamburger is co-Chair of the Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and ERISA Litigation Practice Center and head of the Washington, DC Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and ERISA Litigation Practice Center. Paul is also a leader of the health and welfare subgroup and a member of Proskauer’s Health Care Reform Task Force.
Paul’s practice involves advising employers on all aspects of their employee benefit programs, including matters affecting tax-qualified retirement plans, such as: 401(k) plans, ESOPs, and defined benefit plans, including cash balance plans; executive compensation plans; and welfare benefit plans, including cafeteria plan, COBRA, and health care reform (PPACA) issues. He also advises employee benefit plan trustees and service providers on ERISA and employee benefit plan-related matters. Paul has extensive experience in negotiating service provider and outsourcing agreements, having represented employers and plan administrators, as well as service providers. Paul frequently represents clients before government regulatory agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
Paul is described in Chambers USA by clients as "a creative, business-oriented and brilliant lawyer who educates and enlightens," and "an ERISA god." US Legal 500 also distinguishes Paul for his benefits-related tax and employee benefits practices: "one of the best in his field; he inspires a high level of confidence and is a pleasure to work with."
Paul is a frequent speaker on employee benefit matters and has given annual presentations at the ABA National Institute on Welfare Plans since 1987. He served for several years as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center teaching the LL.M. tax course on ERISA Health and Welfare Benefit Plans.
Paul also is an author of numerous articles and other publications on employee benefits matters, including three nationally-circulated loose leaf publications, published by Thompson Publishing Group: Mandated Health Benefits – The COBRA Guide, The Guide to Assigning & Loaning Benefit Plan Money, and The Pension Plan Fix-It Handbook. Most recently, he was the managing author of the 4th edition of The New Health Care Reform Law – What Employers Need to Know (A Q&A Guide), published by Thompson Publishing Group.
Before joining Proskauer, Paul was a partner at an international law firm where he led the Washington, DC employee benefits practice.