Mar 17, 2010
Broni Grala, a partner of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, one of the world’s leading international law firms, will serve as a featured speaker at the Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) upcoming program “Pension Plan Investments 2010”, to be held April 13 in New York at the PLI New York Center.
Mr. Grala and the other panelists will discuss retirement savings in the era of defined contribution plans, examine the ongoing evolution of defined contribution plan design in light of the widely-noted retirement savings deficit, and some problems that have arisen in defined contribution plan investment. In addition, they will also address continuing issues in the defined contribution plan arena related to fees and fee reporting, stock-drop litigation and revenue sharing.
Mr. Grala’s practice is primarily related to ERISA and similar employee benefit matters. He has unusually broad experience in the area of ERISA fiduciary responsibilities and obligations, and the tax and ERISA implications of various plan investments and investment formats, primarily a function of his serving as ERISA counsel to third-party plan asset managers, broker-dealers, and investment bankers who provide services or investment products to employee benefit plans.
With 36 years of experience, Mr. Grala is an expert in ERISA and related pension law. He is listed in Tier 1 of Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers, was cited by his peers as one of the “World’s Leading Labor and Employment Lawyers” (Euromoney Publications), selected to Best Lawyers each year for more than 10 years, and was named in a poll by The National Law Journal as a “top benefits lawyer.” In 2000, Mr. Grala was selected as a Charter Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, and has been awarded an AV rating, the highest rating available, in Martindale-Hubbell, as the result of an extensive review conducted among the legal profession in his area.
A frequent speaker at professional and business conferences, Mr. Grala has addressed a wide range of topics of interest to employee benefit plan investors and vendors to plans. Mr. Grala graduated cum laude from Fordham College and earned his J.D. at New York University School of Law, cum laude, where he was an editor of the NYU Law Review, a member of the Order of the Coif, and a Founder’s Day Scholar.
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