With legislators working on churning out new laws on pensions and related employee benefit matters, plan sponsors need lawyers to help them figure out what's going on. That's why Davis & Harman LLP is adding four senior pension lawyers, with the goal of becoming an employee benefits powerhouse.
Joining the firm in August as partners will be Kent A. Mason, partner at the Washington law firm of Caplin & Drysdale and a senior Treasury Department official on employee benefits matters in the Reagan administration, and Cathy Creech, partner in the Washington office of law firm Miller & Chevalier and previously an attorney adviser in the Treasury Department's office of tax policy in the early 1990s.
Helene N. Rayder, who recently was employee benefits counsel at ALLTEL Corp., Little Rock, Ark., will be of counsel and join in September,, and James M. Delaplane Jr., currently vice president of retirement policy at the American Benefits Council, a Washington-based group representing plan sponsors, will come on board as partner in October, after Congress adjourns.
"Our goal is to be the best at what we do in Washington," said Randolf H. Hardock, the partner who heads the firm's employee benefits practice. The new partners are "very high quality legal talent," Mr. Hardock said.