Andrew S. Williams

“I work collaboratively with my colleagues, friends and clients to respond to their legal challenges and to take full advantage of their personal and business opportunities.”

Andrew S. Williams
Partner

EXPERTISE

  • Transactional matters including syndications, acquisitions, employment, and succession planning
  • Retirement plan and group health compliance including benefit claims, Affordable Care Act, subrogation recovery, and COBRA coverage
  • ERISA fiduciary duty and prohibited transactions including fiduciary defense and mitigation, fee disclosure compliance and alternative plan investments
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP’s)
  • Non-qualified incentive, deferred compensation and severance benefits including Section 409A compliance

CREDENTIALS

Martindale-HubbellLeading Lawyers

  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in the top five percent of Illinois lawyers in both “Small, Closely and Privately Held Business Law” and “Employee Benefits Law”
  • Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings

ARTICLES

Updates to Group Benefit Plans, Golan Christie Taglia Fall 2016 Newsletter

Golan & Christie Partner Convinces Irs To Approve Unusual Voluntary Compliance Program Proposal, Golan Christie Taglia Spring 2015 Newsletter

ESOPs: The Ultimate Succession Solution, Golan Christie Taglia Winter 2015 Newsletter

What is a 401(k) Fiduciary to Do?, Golan Christie Taglia Fall 2014 Newsletter

The Most Important Document You've Never Read, March 2014

Articles in various business and professional journals, most recently Protecting Retirement Plan Fiduciaries, ESOP Objections Not Always Accurate and Affordable Care Act: An Update on Compliance and Penalties in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Regular contributor of articles such as Why Not Use Your IRA to Fund a Business Investment? to the national BenefitsLink.com blogs for health and welfare plans as well as retirement plans

BLOG

Benefits Bulletin

In addition to Andrew's Benefits Bulletin blog, he also maintains www.benefitslawgroupofchicago.com, which publishes employment and benefit updates, analysis and commentary.

EDUCATION

University of Michigan Law School, J.D. with Honors, 1973
Wabash College, B.A. magna cum laude, 1967
Phi Beta Kappa

BAR ADMISSIONS

Illinois, 1973

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago (also a member of that Court’s Trial Bar)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Chicago Bar Association and its Employee Benefits Committee
Elected member of the Great Lakes Area TE/GE Council
Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce and its Lawyers Professional Group

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Prior to joining Golan Christie Taglia, Andrew was a Member and Benefits Chairman at Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa. Andrew has also served on the Hinsdale Plan Commission (2003-2006) and speaks on benefit and employment related topics to professional and other groups including the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Law Firm Administrators, the Illinois Hospital Association and the ADP sponsored continuing education series for accountants, and most recently, on Hey, I’m Just Your TPA, Not a Fiduciary at the 2015 ASPPA Regional Conferences in Chicago (with Jerry Kalish).