Carol I. Buckmann

ERISA Employee Benefits Attorney

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Carol's Experience:
Carol is the co-founding partner of our firm.  She is one of the top rated employee benefits and ERISA attorneys in the United States, and is widely known as an outstanding and innovative benefits lawyer, who deals with some of the foremost issues in ERISA, including pension plan compliance, fiduciary responsibilities and investment fund formation.  Clients and other attorneys seek her advice due to her phenomenal depth of experience  on  to complex pension law and fiduciary problems.  She regularly shares her thoughts about new developments in the benefits industry on our Cohen & Buckmann Benefits Blog.  

Carol has been recognized:

  • Martindale Hubble AV** Preeminent Lawyer

  • New York Metro Super Lawyer (Employee Benefits)

  • Listed in 2020 Best Lawyers

  • President, Worldwide Employee Benefits, New York Chapter

  • Member, Employee Benefits Committee, New York City Bar Association

  • Frequent author and popular speaker on ERISA topics

Carol has advised global employers on U.S. and cross-border employee benefit matters for over 35 years.  Previously, she was Counsel in the New York Office of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP for eight years.  Prior to that, she was ERISA Counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell for twenty-three years.

 Asahi Case Suggests Pension Liability Risk, Thomson Reuters PE Hub, 2014.

The Teflon Fiduciary: the Fifth Circuit Muddies the ERISA Waters, Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Memorandum; 2014.

Expert Q&A on ERISA Fee Disclosures, The Practical Law Company, 2014.

Employee Plan "Fix-It" Programs and How to Use Them, The CPA Journal, 2013.

Investment Manager Hiring Considerations for ERISA Plans, Lexis Nexis, September 2017.

Author, Practice Notes on Fee Disclosure and Controlled Group Rules, Practical Law Company.

Monthly "Ask the Lawyer" column for 401ktv.

The Intelligent Fiduciary Guides, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Recent Speaking Engagements:

Recovering Pension Plan Overpayments--Navigating the Maze, for the Western Pension & Benefits Conference, September 19, 2017

ERISA 403b Litigation, Strafford CLE Program, September 26, 2017

The Intelligent Fiduciary--Best Practices for 401k and 403b Plan Fiduciaries in 2017, WestLaw webinar, March 21, 2017

Qualified Plans Under Attack! What Are Plan Sponsors Doing Now? for Worldwide Employee Benefits, New York Chapter, March 15, 2018

Solutions for Plan Sponsor Fiduciaries, webinars for the Accountant-Lawyer Alliance, May 10, 2018 and September 13, 2018

How to Measure a Successful 401(k) Plan, webinar participant, August 28, 2018 and December 5, 2018

ERISA Litigation Update, panelist in presentation for the New York City Bar Association’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Committee, February 13, 2019

Controlled Group Liability and Successor Employer Rules After PBGC v. Findlay Industries Inc., speaker on Strafford CLE Program, March 5, 2019

From RFP to Annual Review-How to Hire and Evaluate Your Investment Adviser, webinar with Veriphy Analytics, May 1, 2019

ERISA Litigation Prevention and Defense, speaker on Strafford CLE Program, May 22, 2019