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Jennifer E. Eller

Jennifer E. Eller

Groom Law Group, Chartered

Washington, DC, USA

Jennifer E. Eller is Co-Head of the firm’s Fiduciary practice group and one of five members of the firm’s Executive Committee. In her role as practice group Co-Head, Ms. Eller is responsible for ensuring that the strategic direction and new initiatives of the Fiduciary group position the firm to serve the needs of our financial institution, corporate and public plan clients. Ms. Eller advises financial institutions on the design and delivery of products and services to the retirement plan marketplace, including addressing fiduciary status, prohibited transaction considerations and exemption strategies, and the intersection of employee benefits and federal securities, banking and insurance law. She also advises large corporate and public plan sponsors on all aspects of ERISA fiduciary compliance, including plan governance, fiduciary process, selection and monitoring of employer securities as a plan investment option, investment strategies, plan expense issues, participant communications, and plan reporting requirements. Ms. Eller also represents financial institutions and plan sponsors in connection with Department of Labor investigations.

Ms. Eller is a frequent speaker on fiduciary issues. Recent speaking engagements include the Fiduciary Risk Management Association 2015 National Conference, April 2015, Practising Law Institute Pension Plan Investments Conference, April 2014 and the ALI-CLE Investment Adviser Regulation – Institutional Advisory Legal and Compliance Forum, April 2014. Recent publications include: View from Groom: Fiduciary Advice Proposal Signals a Fundamental Shift in the DOL's Approach, Bloomberg BNA, June 4,2015; View From Groom: Department of Labor Investigations, Bloomberg BNA, June 17, 2013; Paying Employee Benefit Plan Expenses, Practical Law Company, June 2013; Foreign Account Reporting for Retirement Plans, Journal of Retirement Planning, February 2010; Dodd-Frank Meets ERISA, Bloomberg BNA, August 24, 2010; and How to Avoid a 401(k) Lawsuit, Executive Counsel, February/March 2009.


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