Linda E. Rosenzweig
Senior Counsel—Benefits and Employment
Linda E. Rosenzweig advises and represents clients on a wide variety of benefits and employment matters.
Linda has been practicing in the area of employee benefits and employment law for more than 40 years. Linda’s broad-based practice covers the entire range of employee benefits matters, including tax and labor issues, fiduciary issues, and multiemployer plan issues. Specifically, she works with clients to amend tax-qualified, non-qualified and welfare plans, to advise on matters in connection with issues arising under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.
With respect to defined contribution, defined benefit and hybrid plans, Linda regularly assists clients with day-to-day compliance issues and fiduciary matters (including the investment of plan assets). Linda’s practice includes structuring severance arrangements (and waivers) in case of a reduction in force and restructuring non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements in accordance with Section 409A.
In addition to advising clients on pension and 401k plans, Linda advises employers on health care plans, HIPAA privacy and portability, COBRA, and wellness programs. Her practice also includes reviewing and preparing vendor agreements, and counseling regarding governmental audits.
She conducts training for in-house staff in charge of plan administration and human resources, and works with clients to achieve compliance for retirement, health and other welfare benefits plans, such as those relating to COBRA and HIPAA. Linda’s knowledge and experience also extend to the federal employment discrimination laws, Medicare secondary payer rules, and corporate restructuring, including mergers and acquisitions, and their impact on benefit plans.
In addition, she represents employers in administrative proceedings arising under ERISA and federal employment laws, as well as advising and representing employers with regard to the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act (MPPAA), having handled private litigation (including U.S. Supreme Court and federal court cases) on behalf of employers as well as on behalf of the PBGC’s Title IV plan termination program. During her tenure at the PBGC, she served as the Executive Assistant to the General Counsel.
Linda served for several years as the President and thereafter as the Co-President of the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Worldwide Employee Benefits (“WEB”) Network. She is a Charter Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.
Linda is the 2001 recipient of the American Bar Association’s Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Award, which she received for her work as the founder and Director of a Pilot Pension Dispute Resolution Project.
Linda was the Chair of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Interest Group of the American Bar Association Health Section, and the Section’s Liaison to the ABA’s Joint Committee on Employee Benefits. In addition, Linda previously served for two terms as the Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the ABA’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section.
Linda was recognized as a Washington, DC, Super Lawyer every year from 2014 to 2020 in the field of Employee Benefits.
She was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 and 2021 lists in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.
Linda has been listed as a Recommended Lawyer in Global Counsel 3000. She also has consistently had a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 from Martindale.
Linda has published numerous articles on ERISA and was the author of the COBRA Handbook (Second Edition) and the Pension Answer Book (Fifth Edition). She has spoken nationally on all aspects of employee benefits, including COBRA compliance, fiduciary obligations, compensation of service provider issues, preemption of state laws, age and sex discrimination, and participant communications.
Linda is active in Washington, D.C., metropolitan area community affairs. She is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, and the First Vice President of the Washington, D.C. Regional Board of the American Jewish Committee (AJC). She was elected to be a JCA Trustee, having previously served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Council for the Aging. In addition, Linda previously served on the Board of Directors and as the Secretary-Treasurer of the now-defunct Washington Chamber Symphony.
Linda attended the University of Rochester, graduating with honors with a B.A. in mathematics and statistics, and the George Washington University National Law Center, graduating with honors with a J.D. and with highest honors with an LL.M. in Labor Law. She is a member of the District of Columbia, New York and Maryland Bars, and the U.S. Supreme Court.