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Israel Goldowitz

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Washington, DC, USA


Izzy Goldowitz is Chief Counsel of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, where his work focuses on ERISA Title IV and bankruptcy practice. He also served as Deputy General Counsel of the United Mine Workers of America Health of Retirement Funds.

He has been on the brief in several Supreme Court cases, including Beck v. PACE Int'l Union, U.S. 2007 (termination and closeout of single-employer plan), Raleigh v. Illinois Dept. of Revenue, U.S. 2000 (choice of law in bankruptcy), and Concrete Pipe v. Construction Laborers Pension Trust, U.S.1993 (constitutionality of MPPAA), and has argued several cases in the courts of appeals.

Publications include chapters on withdrawal liability and preemption/removal in J. Zanglein, S. Stabile & L. Frolik, ERISA Litigation, a forthcoming chapter on employee benefits in Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice, and articles on choice of law in bankruptcy in the Norton Bankruptcy Adviser and American Bankruptcy Institute Journal.

He has spoken at the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference; conferences sponsored by the ABA Taxation and Labor and Employment Law Sections, and Joint Committee on Employee Benefits; the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans; the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans; the Turnaround Management Association; the Norton Bankruptcy Institutes; the American Bankruptcy Institute; regional bankruptcy/insolvency organizations; and metropolitan bar associations. 

He is a Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, and an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches employee benefits and bankruptcy courses. He currently serves on the Labor and Benefits Advisory Committee to the ABI's Chapter 11 Reform Commission. He is a recipient of PBGC's Distinguished Career Service Award.    

He earned his B. A. from Boston University, and his J.D. from George Washington University.   

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