People: Nicholas J. Waddles, Partner

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Nicholas J. Waddles

Partner

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-1525
Fax: (310) 201-5219
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Mr. Waddles is a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Group in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  His practice focuses on advising trustees, plan administrators and service providers of multiemployer trust funds and other collectively bargained plans on issues such as compliance with the Affordable Care Act, plan design, withdrawal liability, trust administration, plan investments, fiduciary duties, QDROs, QMCSOs, and general compliance with ERISA, the IRC, federal labor law, and other laws affecting multiemployer plans.

Mr. Waddles has represented numerous plan sponsors in controversies before the IRS, DOL, and PBGC.  He has negotiated the resolution of compliance issues for retirement plans through IRS remedial programs such as VCP, Audit CAP, and SCP.  Mr. Waddles also has considerable experience in the DOL’s remedial programs such as the DFVC and VFC programs.

Mr. Waddles also advises corporate counsel, company executives and HR professionals in all aspects of the employee benefit plans sponsored by their organizations.  He advises retirement plan fiduciaries on their responsibilities under ERISA and regularly meets with investment and compensation committees to ensure they are fulfilling these responsibilities.  Mr. Waddles has worked extensively on structuring employee benefit plans and amending them to comply with various federal laws.  

In 2006 and 2007 Mr. Waddles was named one of Southern California’s “Rising Stars” by the Law & Politics “Super Lawyers” publication. Recently, Mr. Waddles was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in America 2019 in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.

Mr. Waddles is a member of Seyfarth’s National Diversity & Inclusion Action Team (DAIT) and is the local DAT leader for the Los Angeles offices.  He is also the Co-Managing Partner of the Los Angeles - Century City Office.

Mr. Waddles is a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Group in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  His practice focuses on advising trustees, plan administrators and service providers of multiemployer trust funds and other collectively bargained plans on issues such as compliance with the Affordable Care Act, plan design, withdrawal liability, trust administration, plan investments, fiduciary duties, QDROs, QMCSOs, and general compliance with ERISA, the IRC, federal labor law, and other laws affecting multiemployer plans.

Mr. Waddles has represented numerous plan sponsors in controversies before the IRS, DOL, and PBGC.  He has negotiated the resolution of compliance issues for retirement plans through IRS remedial programs such as VCP, Audit CAP, and SCP.  Mr. Waddles also has considerable experience in the DOL’s remedial programs such as the DFVC and VFC programs.

Mr. Waddles also advises corporate counsel, company executives and HR professionals in all aspects of the employee benefit plans sponsored by their organizations.  He advises retirement plan fiduciaries on their responsibilities under ERISA and regularly meets with investment and compensation committees to ensure they are fulfilling these responsibilities.  Mr. Waddles has worked extensively on structuring employee benefit plans and amending them to comply with various federal laws.  

In 2006 and 2007 Mr. Waddles was named one of Southern California’s “Rising Stars” by the Law & Politics “Super Lawyers” publication. Recently, Mr. Waddles was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in America 2019 in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.

Mr. Waddles is a member of Seyfarth’s National Diversity & Inclusion Action Team (DAIT) and is the local DAT leader for the Los Angeles offices.  He is also the Co-Managing Partner of the Los Angeles - Century City Office.

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis (1996)
    National Employment Law Moot Court Team, Mock Trial Board

  • B.S., Truman State University (1992)

Admissions

  • Michigan
  • California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section; Taxation Section; Joint Committee on Employee Benefits)
  • American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA)
  • California Bar Association
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

Presentations

  • “Impact of ACA on California Employers” (September 2015)
  • “Fiduciary Responsibility For Retirement Plan Sponsors”  (July 2015)
  • “Fee Disclosure Rules” (October 2014)
  • “How to Survive a DOL Audit” (April 2014)
  • “Developments in Defined Contribution Plans” (April 2013)
  • “Taking Advantage of Changing Retirement Plan Landscape”  (November 2011)
  • “Preparing for ACA” (November 2011)
  • “Health Care Reform Basics”  (October 2011)
  • “Fiduciary Training For Retirement Plan Committees”  (April 2011)

Publications

Recognition

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in America 2019 in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.
  • Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star (2006, 2007)