Job Summary: A dynamic legal office at the heart of many critical decisions related to Milwaukee County, the Office of Corporation Counsel seeks an experienced attorney who will advise and resolve issues related to the laws and regulations involving defined benefit retirement plans, among other related practice areas. We are looking for an attorney who is comfortable drafting legislation, fiduciary board rules, and operational policies in the complex regulatory arena of (public sector) pension plans and has a desire to take on important challenges that have a real and meaningful impact on Milwaukee County, its employees and taxpayers, and its pension system.
If you are looking for a chance to serve the public in a professional law department, and continue an established tradition of high-quality delivery of legal services in Milwaukee County, while working in an environment with opportunities for continued professional development, alongside a cordial and respectful group of colleagues, then this position is for you!
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: With little to no day-to-day supervision,
- Provide accurate, timely, and reliable advice on plan administration and interpretation of plan documents.
- Provide guidance to a fiduciary board on a wide variety of issues, including appeals of benefit determinations, plan document interpretation, fiduciary obligations, governance, proper diligence of plan vendors, benchmarking, etc.
- Effectively handle various stakeholders in a highly publicized legal area.
- Communicate effectively with administrative bodies and, where necessary, federal agencies to administer the plan.
- Monitor changes in relevant regulatory areas and provide education on those changes to business and operational personnel.
- Research and draft municipal ordinances and plan administration rules.
- Manage the process for development and implementation of plan administration and/or governance changes and securing approvals from interested stakeholders.
- Defend grievances and litigate state and federal cases related to pension appeals using excellent research, writing, and oral and trial advocacy skills.
- Provide advisory services to public officials and departments where there are stakeholders with differing policy objectives in issue areas of acute public interest.
Education & Years of Experience:
- Juris Doctorate (JD)
- Five (5) years of experience in employee benefits, compensation, fiduciary duty law, qualified plan tax compliance, Employee Income Security Act (ERISA) and/or public sector pension plans and related laws.
- Admission to the Wisconsin State Bar.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Must have knowledge and experience in advising pension plans, and it is highly desired to have experience advising public pension plans
- Knowledge of laws and regulations related to employee benefits, compensation, the Employee Income Security Act (ERISA) and related laws
- Knowledge of federal statutes, IRS regulations, administrative law as well as federal and state civil procedure
- Exceptional organizational skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Superior writing, research and editing skills
- Ability to organize, prioritize, monitor, and control workflow deadlines
- Demonstrated ability to exhibit leadership and initiative on assigned tasks
- Physical Demands: Sitting, Hearing, Talking, Visual and Typing.
- Non-Physical Demands: Reading.
- Environmental Demands: Frequent Task Changes.
- Other Demands/Deadlines: High volume and variable work demands and deadlines impose strain on routine basis or considerable stress intermittently; regular contact with distressed individuals within the immediate work environment; and/or exposure to demands and pressures from persons other than immediate supervisor.