Robert J. Stokes
Bob Stokes has practiced in all areas of employee benefits for over 40 years. His practice focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation, regulatory compliance, especially compliance with the fiduciary requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and the benefits issues involved in corporate transactions. Mr. Stokes counsels employers and administrators with respect to compliance with federal laws and regulations, and provides assistance in matters involving the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, including plan qualification, plan terminations, and prohibited transaction issues and exemptions. A major part of his practice involves working with and counseling clients on the correction of “qualification failures” under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System maintained by the Internal Revenue Service.
Mr. Stokes also advises individuals and corporations in complying with the requirements of section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, which r elates to nonqualified deferred compensation plans, and he works with employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), employment and severance agreements, and option and incentive plans.
1700 Pacific Avenue
Tel: (214) 217-8057