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Benefits Law Group is a boutique employee benefits law firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. The firm was founded on the philosophy that quality legal representation requires a solid relationship with clients and a practical, business-oriented approach. That is why we invest in relationships with our clients and solve their employee benefits problems in ways that are legally sound and administratively practical.

Patricia K. Keesler
Jack Mike Martin
Susan L. Sherman
Terri W. Taylor
Angela Nixon

 

Patricia K. KeeslerPatricia K. Keesler
Managing Shareholder
Phone: (404) 995-9592
Fax: (404) 995-9515

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Education

J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1980

Bar Admissions

American Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Georgia Bar Association
Texas Bar Association

Memberships

Southeast Benefits Education Network, Steering Committee Treasurer

The National Women in Pensions, former Board member

Gulf Coast TE/EG Coucil Member

    Patricia K. Keesler is the founder and managing shareholder of Benefits Law Group, P.K. Keesler, P.C. Patti has been practicing in the benefits area since 1982 and has extensive experience with the technical and regulatory aspects of employee benefit matters, including qualified retirement plans, governmental plans, health and welfare plans, stock options and other executive compensation issues. She has also worked with clients performing compliance reviews, resolving compliance and fiduciary issues, converting defined benefit retirement programs to defined contribution programs and assisting with service provider arrangements. Before founding the firm, Patti served as head of the Technical Support Unit for the Atlanta office of William M. Mercer, Inc. providing her with a solid background in the day to day administration of retirement plans. After graduating from law school, Patti worked for the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C. until 1984. She was responsible for assisting in writing tax legislation, drafting regulations and preparing counsel opinions. In particular, she drafted the regulations under the pension withholding rules, the employee leasing rules and the affiliated service group/controlled group rules. After leaving the IRS, she became a participating associate with the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston, Texas for the next 5 years, specializing in employee benefits matters. Patti speaks frequently on such topics as nonqualified deferred compensation, compliance reviews and the IRS compliance programs, fiduciary issues and issues unique to governmental plans.

Jack Mike MartinJack Mike Martin
Of Counsel
Phone: (404) 995-9581
Fax: (404) 995-9515

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Education

LL.M., New York University, 1975

J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1974

Bar Admissions

Georgia Bar Association

Memberships

    Mike has an extensive background in federal income tax law, tax planning and tax consulting services. Mike’s practice focuses on the preparation of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders and the division of civil service and military retirement benefits for individuals. Mike also advises family law attorneys with respect to the division of retirement assets in divorce proceedings. In addition to his law practice experience, Mike has extensive private sector experience in the implementation and compliance of retirement and health and welfare plans.

Susan L. ShermanSusan L. Sherman
Of Counsel
Phone: (404) 995-9594
Fax: (404) 995-9515

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Education

J.D. with Honors, University of Georgia School of Law, 1991

B.B.A. cum laude, University of Georgia, 1988

Bar Admissions

Georgia Bar Association

Memberships

   

Susan has extensive experience with the preparation and design of tax-qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) and profit sharing plans, defined benefit plans, as well as the analysis of issues relating to controlled groups of corporations, affiliated service groups and QSLOBs. Susan’s practice emphasizes the preparation and review of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders for both corporate and individual clients, as well as assisting domestic relations attorneys with respect to the division of retirement assets. Susan’s background also includes nonqualified plans, executive compensation arrangements, welfare benefit plans and compliance issues with respect to these types of plans.

While in law school, Susan was the Executive Articles Editor for the Georgia Law Review.

Terri W. Taylor
Of Counsel
Phone: (404) 995-9598
Fax: (404) 995-9515

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Education

J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1992

Auburn University, 1989

Bar Admissions

Georgia Bar Association

Memberships

   

Terri has extensive experience with the drafting and design of tax-qualified 401(k), profit sharing, defined benefit retirement and union plans, as well as issues that arise from the ongoing administration and operation of retirement plans. A significant portion of her practice has involved the benefits issues that arise before and after corporate mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Terri has substantial experience with the fiduciary and prohibited transaction aspects of the investment of the assets of ERISA plans, both from the viewpoint of the employer and the investment provider. In this regard, she has represented numerous banks, institutional trust companies, broker-dealers, investment advisors, mutual fund sponsors and others in the investment industry. Terri also works with clients on their health and welfare plans and HIPAA compliance.

 

Patricia K. KeeslerAngela Nixon
Of Counsel
Phone: (404) 995-9591
Fax: (404) 995-9515

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Education

J.D., with high honors, Florida State University College of Law, 1989

B.A., Boston College, magna cum laude, 1983

Bar Admissions

Georgia Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

Memberships

Southeast Benefits Education Network

National Women in Pensions

Affiliate Member, Georgia Association of Public Pension Trustees

   

Angela has more than 20 years of experience advising trustees and administrators of defined benefit retirement plans, defined contribution plans, deferred compensation plans, and health benefit plans. Her experience includes preparing numerous plan documents, plan amendments, plan communication materials, service provider contracts and other documents related to plan administration, and providing guidance on federal and state laws affecting retirement and health plans, including IRC tax qualification requirements, ERISA, USERRA, HIPAA, COBRA, and the ACA.

While in law school, Angela was an Articles and Notes Editor of the Law Review.

 

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