Fredric S.Singerman


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Fred provides the legal expertise, experience, and resources to help employers exceed the expectations of senior management in achieving their executive compensation and employee benefit goals.

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Employers rely on Fred to work with their benefits in-house legal staff to execute executive hiring, firing, and compensation decisions, and to design, implement, and maintain both nonqualified executive compensation programs and broad-based qualified retirement and welfare plans. 

Fred's practice includes all aspects of retirement and welfare plan design, establishment, amendment, and termination. He is very familiar with the issues arising under cash balance, pension equity, and other sophisticated qualified plan designs. Fred also counsels clients on the difficult employee benefit issues that arise in connection with reductions-in-force, corporate restructuring and acquisition transactions, outsourcing, and curtailment of benefits. He frequently represents clients in matters before the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

A significant component of Fred's practice consists of advising publicly traded and private corporations on equity compensation plans, nonqualified retirement plans and executive compensation issues, including stock option plans, SERPs, and deferred compensation agreements.

Fred also advises on fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. He has filed amicus briefs on behalf of various employer groups, including the United States Chamber of Commerce and the Information Technology Association of America, and has served as an expert witness in ERISA litigation.

Having practiced employee benefits law for nearly four decades—nearly three of those decades at Seyfarth Shaw—Fred's practical, responsive and client-focused approach encourages long-term partnering relationships. His client base includes Fortune 100 and mid-size companies, hospitals and other nonprofits. He also serves as co-counsel to multiemployer pension, welfare and 401(k) plans.

Fred has counseled employers though the major challenges faced by employers throughout multiple business cycles. He has assisted boards in negotiating CEO packages at all stages—onboarding, renewal, and separation. He has led the employee benefits team in numerous acquisition and spinoff transactions, and has counseled multiple clients through the process of integrating, consolidating, and streamlining acquired employee benefit programs. He frequently guides clients to solutions to the compliance challenges and errors that arise frequently in the benefits function, including addressing 409A errors, navigating the IRS Employee Plans Correction Resolution System (EPCRS) to address qualified plan document and compliance errors, and dealing directly with the IRS, DOL, and PBGC in audits and other adversarial situations. Fred sits with management personnel in internal fiduciary committee meetings to counsel on their ERISA fiduciary duties.

Fred appreciates Seyfarth's deep talent bench. He works with his Seyfarth partners and associates across offices to bring the best resources at the firm—which are among the best in the country—to bear on his clients' employee benefit issues. He also serves as a resource to his employment and labor partners when they identify thorny employee benefit and compensation issues in their practices.

Fred has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating of "AV Preeminent" and is recognized in "The 2012 Top Rated Lawyers Annual Guide to Labor & Employment Law," published in The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel (ALM Media Properties, LLC).

  • JD, University of Chicago Law School
  • BA, University of Cincinnati

    Magna cum laude
    The Phi Beta Kappa Society

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois