Andrew Williams helps individuals and businesses deal with employee benefit issues to optimize their personal and business opportunities.
Businesses, in-house legal counsel, tax-exempt entities, accountants, third party administrators and other employee benefit professionals rely on Andrew to assist with benefit entitlement and compliance matters.
Prior to joining Golan Christie Taglia, Andrew was a Member and lead benefits lawyer 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, the ADP sponsored continuing education series for accountants and ASPPA Regional Conferences in Chicago.
Andrew is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating, and has been recognized by his peers through a survey conducted by Leading Lawyers Network as among the top five percent of Illinois lawyers in Small, Closely and Privately Held Business Law. He also maintains a website at www.BenefitsLawGroupofChicago.com, which publishes employment and benefits updates, analysis and original commentary, some of which also appears on www.BenefitsLink.com, an aggregator of benefits articles from around the country.
Clients come to Andrew for help with 401(k) plans, ERISA fiduciary matters, contested benefit claims, deferred and equity-based compensation arrangements, administrative correction of retirement plan deficiencies and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) as a business succession strategy.
Andrew regularly works with clients on their concerns relating to:
- Compliance of employment agreements and severance pay plans with Section 409A rules on the form and timing of deferred payments
- Not-for-profit deferred compensation compliance with Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code
- Controlled groups and affiliated service group rules for retirement plans
- Group health COBRA coverage and ERISA subrogation matters
- Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and Required Minimum Distribution Compliance matters
He also has extensive experience representing clients in business transactions and the benefit issues involved in mergers and acquisitions.
Andrew closely collaborates with his clients because they help him do a better job. He also strives to provide the best kind of practical advice that is a strategic fit for every client’s long term success.
University of Michigan Law School, J.D. with Honors, 1973
Wabash College, B.A. magna cum laude, 1967
Phi Beta Kappa
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
The United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (also a member of that Court’s Trial Bar)
HONORS & AWARDS
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
LATEST NEWS & INSIGHTS FROM Andrew S. Williams
May 26, 2021 News Employment Alerts
IRS Notice 2021-31 released on May 19 provides guidance on the government subsidy of COBRA continuation coverage that is available to employees and their covered dependents who lose group health coverage as a result of reduced hours of employment or involuntary termination of employment.Read More
April 19, 2021 News Employment Alerts
The period provided for COBRA premium waivers under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) has begun. This six-month period began on April 1, 2021, and runs through September 30, 2021. Action by employers and their COBRA service providers is required by May 31 – and it may make sense to take action as soon as May 1.Read More
March 22, 2021 News Employment Alerts
The recently adopted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) includes in its $1.9 trillion of relief spending reimbursement of the premium cost of COBRA continuation coverage for employees and their covered family members who lose their group coverage as a result of an involuntary termination of their employment or a reduced number of employment hours.Read More
February 23, 2021 News
Golan Christie Taglia is delighted to announce the inclusion of 21 firm attorneys to the 2021 Leading and Emerging Lawyers lists for their outstanding work in a wide range of areas including Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial and more.Read More
December 4, 2020 News Coronavirus Alerts
Golan Christie Taglia's Property Tax Group has recently attained several successes in having clients' real estate tax assessments significantly reduced based on COVID-related business losses incurred by the owner.Read More
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