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
Suite 2250
Dallas, Texas 75201

Tel: (214) 217-8057
Fax: (214) 217-8861

Representative Transactions/Cases: 
  • Advised on all aspects of split up and transfers of employee benefits among three New York Stock Exchange companies when parent spun off two subsidiaries in 2011; Advised on similar transaction in 2014 when parent company spun off single subsidiary.
  • Advised on multiple IRS Voluntary Correction Program (VCP) filings involving many 401(k) plan loan failures in plans of controlled groups.
  • New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1971)
  • Yale Law School (LL.B., 1967)
  • Boston College (B.S., magna cum laude, 1964)
  Bar Admissions & Years:
  • New York State Bar – 1968
  • State Bar of Texas – 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit – 1995
  • U.S. Tax Court – 1971
  Memberships & Affiliations:
  • American Bar Association, Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee
  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Fellow
  • American College of Tax Counsel, Fellow
  Awards and Distinctions:
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Employee Benefits Law) for over 20 years
  • Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines, 2003-2013
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, 2003-2013
  Other Activities and Interests:
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Bar Association Retirement Funds