People: Robert P. Flanagan, Partner

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Robert P. Flanagan

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5517
Fax: (312) 460-7517
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Mr. Flanagan is lead legal counsel to many corporations and tax-exempt organizations.  He counsels these clients with regard to a wide variety of statutory and regulatory compliance matters involving fiduciary governance, vendor contracting, qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and institutional investments.

Mr. Flanagan works with boards of directors, trustees, investment committees, plan administrators, and other fiduciaries regarding governance and compliance matters.  In this role, he assists in-house investment staff with the legal implications of assets under management.  His guidance encompasses contracting, conflicts of interest, prohibited transactions, fees and expenses, and dispute resolution.  He has conducted numerous compliance audits and training sessions for investment and administrative committees.

Additionally, for many years, Mr. Flanagan has counseled his clients on a wide variety of employee benefit plan matters, including the design, drafting, and administration of 401(k) plans, cash balance plans, and traditional pension plans, as well as health and welfare plans.

Mr. Flanagan has extensive experience guiding employers through all stages of the procurement process for large third-party consulting and service contracts, and he has obtained cutting-edge contract terms on behalf of his clients.

Mr. Flanagan has represented clients in disputes and negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and related federal litigation.  He also assists companies with the employee benefits issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Flanagan is lead legal counsel to many corporations and tax-exempt organizations.  He counsels these clients with regard to a wide variety of statutory and regulatory compliance matters involving fiduciary governance, vendor contracting, qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and institutional investments.

Mr. Flanagan works with boards of directors, trustees, investment committees, plan administrators, and other fiduciaries regarding governance and compliance matters.  In this role, he assists in-house investment staff with the legal implications of assets under management.  His guidance encompasses contracting, conflicts of interest, prohibited transactions, fees and expenses, and dispute resolution.  He has conducted numerous compliance audits and training sessions for investment and administrative committees.

Additionally, for many years, Mr. Flanagan has counseled his clients on a wide variety of employee benefit plan matters, including the design, drafting, and administration of 401(k) plans, cash balance plans, and traditional pension plans, as well as health and welfare plans.

Mr. Flanagan has extensive experience guiding employers through all stages of the procurement process for large third-party consulting and service contracts, and he has obtained cutting-edge contract terms on behalf of his clients.

Mr. Flanagan has represented clients in disputes and negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and related federal litigation.  He also assists companies with the employee benefits issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions.

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology (1990)
    with honors
  • B.A., University of Illinois (1987)

Admissions

  • Illinois

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Section of Taxation, Pensions Subcommittee)
  • American Benefits Council
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • IRS Great Lakes Area Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) Council

 

Accolades

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (2013-2019)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500, United States, an independent guide to America’s leading law firms, Recommended Attorney (2012-2019)
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer in the Leading Lawyers Network (2012-2017)