Benjamin F.Spater

Senior Counsel

Ben has decades of experience and expertise advising on the full range of employee benefits matters, helping clients save millions of dollars in potential compliance costs and penalties.


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Ben concentrates his practice on the design and tax-qualification of retirement plans including pension, profit sharing and 401(k) plans, the taxation of employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA. Ben advises organizations of every size and type, including Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit organizations, labor organizations, plan administrators, investment advisors, accountants and actuaries on their compliance responsibilities and fiduciary duties.

Ben's experience with diverse organizations and in particular large employers has given him a unique perspective on the employee benefit needs of these entities. His particular forte is designing creative correction methodologies in order to maintain compliance with complex benefit rules, regulations and laws.

Ben's extensive experience negotiating correction methodologies with governmental agencies has allowed him to achieve advantageous results that are cost effective for his clients and satisfactory for the government. In addition, over the last 20+ years, Ben has advised clients on benefit claims of every variety.

Ben's experience at the New York University LLM tax program coupled with teaching tax and ERISA at the Golden Gate University LLM tax program built for him a foundation in employee benefits that continues to serve him to this day.

  • LLM, New York University School of Law
    Taxation
  • JD, University of San Francisco School of Law
    Tax Law Society, president
  • BA, State University of New York at Albany
  • California