In-House Employee Benefits Counsel Job in Chicago, IL Near Me - 319420 |

In-House Employee Benefits Counsel

Type Full-Time

Location Illinois - Chicago

Job ID A1PO319420

Experience Level Senior Associate

Job Experience Min. 8 Years

Ranking 4 : Medium to Large Business $$$$

Estimated Salary Highest Salary Band in the Market

Practice Areas ERISA/Executive Compensation Transactions & ComplianceERISA - General

2024-07-04 21:11:01

Job Overview: A law firm in Chicago, IL, is seeking a highly experienced In-House Employee Benefits Counsel to provide comprehensive legal counsel on retirement and health welfare plans. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of tax and ERISA requirements, excellent communication skills, and the ability to collaborate with various committees and teams within the firm.


  • Advise on Internal Revenue Code qualification requirements, ERISA, Affordable Care Act, COBRA, and HIPAA for Cash Balance plans, 401(k) plans, Partner Unfunded Plans, and Health and Welfare Plans.
  • Draft and review Summary Plan Descriptions and Administrative Services Agreements.
  • Review Plan communications, legal posting notices, and draft Plan amendments.
  • Provide guidance on tax issues related to Retirement and Health and Welfare plans.
  • Collaborate with the Firm’s Investment Committee, Administrative Investment Committee, Recordkeeper, Actuaries, and Auditors.
  • Work with the Health and Welfare Committee to address plan-related matters.
  • Update Firm leadership and HR on legal developments affecting retirement and health welfare plans.
  • Partner with U.S. Benefits and other Firm ERISA attorneys on significant design changes.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to meet Firm goals and objectives.


  • J.D. degree from an accredited U.S. law school.
  • Admission as a current member in good standing of the Illinois Bar.
  • 8 years of experience as an attorney with retirement and welfare benefit plans.
  • Thorough understanding of tax and ERISA requirements, and familiarity with federal regulatory agencies.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products.


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a diverse team environment.
  • Deadline-oriented with the ability to manage shifting priorities.
  • Self-starter with a high level of initiative.
  • Excellent customer service skills and the ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills, capable of handling multiple projects.
  • Maintains confidentiality and exercises discretion.
  • Solid strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Creative problem-solving with a focus on business-friendly solutions while managing risk.
  • Strong commercial judgment, including the ability to anticipate, analyze, and make recommendations.
  • Willingness to take ownership and responsibility for legal decisions.
  • Proactive in identifying and escalating potential legal and business risks.

Job Location: Chicago, IL

Benefits offered: The firm provides competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits, including medical/dental/vision/life/and AD&D insurance, a 401(k) savings plan, back-up childcare, and eldercare, generous paid time off (PTO), as well as opportunities for professional development and growth.

The longstanding Midwest law office opened one-hundred and thirty-one years ago. Areas of expertise include finance, corporate, and litigation law. A sizable group of accomplished attorneys comprise the Midwest law practice. Attorneys are involved in a variety of civic, and professional undertakings year long. Besides, they're dedicated to pro-bono work.

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