Biography

Bill maintains a highly sophisticated ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation practice advising clients in the financial services industry and large employers on a wide variety of benefit and compensation plan design and legal compliance issues.

Bill has regularly assisted clients in mergers and acquisitions, including acquisitions and dispositions of investment managers, and in the structuring and execution of ESOP deals.

Bill has special experience working with investment and asset management clients, including large global banks, private equity firms, real estate managers, hedge funds, and investment managers. A thought leader on ERISA compliance matters, he has focused his ERISA practice on fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues relating to pension plan investments, as well as advising clients on derivatives, securities lending, prime brokerage arrangements, and financial products such as stable value funds.

Prior to joining Verrill, Bill was a partner at a global law firm, where he worked with a wide range of clients on ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation issues.

Before embarking on his legal career, Bill was an associate professor in the English Department at Yale University. Outside the office, Bill is an avid cyclist and enjoys traveling to explore new places to ride.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Yale Law School  (J.D.)
  • Yale University  (Ph.D., M.Phil.)
  • Yale College  (B.A.)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • American Bar Association

Honors

  • Legal 500 (2016, 2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2015-2021)

Firm Highlights

Blog

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 Includes Flexible Spending Account Relief

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “Act”) was signed into law on December 27, 2020. Buried within its 5,593 pages is some welcome flexibility relating to 2020 and 2021 health care and dependent...

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Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 2020 Year-End Client Advisory

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DOL Guidance on Missing Pension Plan Participants - Part II

On January 18, we published a blog post regarding new Department of Labor (“DOL”) guidance on missing plan participants. That post is available here , and describes the DOL’s guidance on Missing Participants...

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December 31 Sunset of Safe Harbor Correction Method for Certain Elective Deferral Failures

A special IRS-approved correction method available for elective deferral failures in 401(k) and 403(b) plans with automatic contribution features will sunset on December 31, 2020, meaning it will not be available to correct elective...

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DOL Guidance on Missing Pension Plan Participants

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has undertaken a nationwide compliance initiative to ensure that retirement plan participants receive the benefits that they were promised when they reach their retirement age. To that end, the...

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Supreme Court Declines to Address Pleading Standards in Stock-Drop Litigation - Retirement Plans Committee of IBM v. Jander

On November 9, 2020, the Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Retirement Plans Committee of IBM v. Jander , leaving unresolved for now questions about...

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New IRS Guidance Will Help Facilitate 403(b) Plan Terminations

With the publication of Revenue Ruling 2020-23 , the IRS completed a cycle of helpful guidance regarding the termination of 403(b) plans that began with the publication of regulations under Code Section 403(b) in...

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Reporting Deferred Compensation on Form 990

Tax-exempt organizations often provide deferred compensation to their officers, key employees, and most highly compensated employees. Like current compensation payable to such employees, deferred compensation must be reported annually on Form 990, Schedule J...

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Target Date Funds: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Eight years ago, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued “tips” for retirement plan fiduciaries to consider when selecting and monitoring target date retirement funds (“TDFs”). At the time, the DOL noted that TDFs...

News

Verrill Welcomes Highly Experienced Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Partner, William D. Jewett

(January 11, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to welcome attorney William D. Jewett to the firm as a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, resident in the firm’s Boston, Massachusetts office...

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