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Melanie  Nussdorf

Melanie Nussdorf

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Washington, DC, USA


 

Areas of Practice

  • ERISA, Labor & Employment
  • ERISA/
    Employee Benefits/
    Litigation/
    Executive Compensation
  • Employee Benefits/
    ERISA/
    Executive Compensation
  • Tax
  • Congressional Oversight & Investigations

     

    Education

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1973
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1970

     

    Bar & Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia

 

Melanie Nussdorf is a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe, where she is a member of the Tax and Employee Benefits groups.

Her practice spans the entire range of employee benefits, from the tax-based rules for qualified pension plans, to fiduciary issues, welfare benefits, and plan termination. Ms. Nussdorf's particular focus over the last several years has been fiduciary issues, including prohibited transaction exemption questions under ERISA, especially in connection with financial products and services. Ms. Nussdorf represents a number of financial institutions including major banks, investment advisers,brokerage firms, and insurance companies. In addition, she has particular experience in all aspects of the plan termination process, including issues of employer liability for poorly funded plans terminating in or outside of a bankruptcy proceeding. She has done substantial work on ERISA issues relating to hedge funds and private equity vehicles. She also has substantial experience with the exemption and advisory opinion process under ERISA and has worked extensively on legislative issues related to ERISA.

Ms. Nussdorf was counsel for age and sex discrimination at the Department of Labor prior to serving as Executive Assistant to the Solicitor of Labor from 1977-81. During this period, she had significant oversight responsibility for the department's legal work under ERISA. From 1981-84, she served as Special Counsel at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Noteworthy

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 1995-2014 for Employee Benefits(ERISA)Law and ERISA Litigation
  • Received Star Individual Rating for DC: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2011-2013
  • Ranked #1 for Nationwide: Employee Benefits & Executive CompensationinChambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2011-2013
  • Ranked #1 for DC: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and Nationwide: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation inChambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2004-2013
  • Recommended as a Leading Lawyer for Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation by Legal 500 US 2009, 2013
  • Recommended for Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits& Executive Compensation by Legal 500 US 2012
  • Recommended for Tax: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensationby Legal 500 US 2011
  • Listedin Washington, DCSuper Lawyers 2007-2013
  • Listed in Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America 2011
  • Listed as International Law Office Client Choice Award Guide 2010 winner for USEmployment and Labor 2010

 

Select Seminars & Events

“Other Regulatory Regimes Affecting the Investment Management Industry,” PLI’s Investment Management Institute 2013

"Pension Plan Investment: Current Perspectives," Practising Law Institute's Conference, April 5, 2011

"ERISA Fiduciary Basics," Practising Law Institute's Conference, February 23, 2011

"Investment Management Institute," Practising Law Institute's Conference, February 10, 2011

"CFTC’s Proposed Business Conduct Standards for Swap Dealers: Costs and Consequences to Swap Dealers and Plans," Practising Law Institute's Teleconference, January 25, 2011

"DOL’s Proposed Significant Expansion of the Fiduciary Definition," Practising Law Institute's Teleconference, November 19, 2010

Selected Publications

Expanded Roth Conversion Opportunity for Retirement Plan Participants
January 11, 2013

ERISA Advisory - $36.9 Million Awarded in ERISA Class Action Challenging Investment Selection and Compensation Paid to 401(k) Plan Recordkeeper
May 3, 2012

ERISA Advisory - Department of Labor Releases 408(b)(2) Fee Disclosure Regulations
March 9, 2012

ERISA Advisory - CFTC Announces New Swap Rules
February 2, 2012

ERISA Advisory - Labor Department Issues Final Regulations Addressing Provision of Investment Advice to Participants and Beneficiaries of Self-Directed Individual Account Plans and IRAs
October 31, 2011

ERISA Advisory - Proposed Regulation Redefining Fiduciary
November 5, 2010

ERISA Advisory - ERISA Advisory Council Makes Stable Value Fund Recommendations to Labor Department
November 17, 2009

Melanie Nussdorf Quoted in Pensions & Investments about Revamped Rules for Offering Investment Advice
May 4, 2009

 

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