People: Nicholas J. Waddles, Partner

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Nicholas J. Waddles

Partner

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-1525
Fax: (310) 201-5219
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Mr. Waddles is a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His practice focuses on assisting retirement plan sponsors and pension plan service providers in all aspects of employee benefit issues, including representing plan sponsors in controversies before the IRS and the Department of Labor, negotiating the resolution of plan qualification issues through IRS and DOL remedial programs, advising plan fiduciaries of their responsibilities under ERISA, and structuring qualified plan arrangements.

Mr. Waddles’ practice also focuses on advising trustees, service providers and administrators of Taft-Hartley multiemployer trust funds on all issues including pension plan design and trust fund administration, investment of plan assets, the qualification of state domestic relations orders, drafting plan documents and general compliance with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, federal labor law and other laws affecting pension funds. In 2006 Mr. Waddles was named one of Southern California’s “Rising Stars” by the Law & Politics “Super Lawyers” publication.

Mr. Waddles is a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His practice focuses on assisting retirement plan sponsors and pension plan service providers in all aspects of employee benefit issues, including representing plan sponsors in controversies before the IRS and the Department of Labor, negotiating the resolution of plan qualification issues through IRS and DOL remedial programs, advising plan fiduciaries of their responsibilities under ERISA, and structuring qualified plan arrangements.

Mr. Waddles’ practice also focuses on advising trustees, service providers and administrators of Taft-Hartley multiemployer trust funds on all issues including pension plan design and trust fund administration, investment of plan assets, the qualification of state domestic relations orders, drafting plan documents and general compliance with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, federal labor law and other laws affecting pension funds. In 2006 Mr. Waddles was named one of Southern California’s “Rising Stars” by the Law & Politics “Super Lawyers” publication.

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis (1996)
    National Employment Law Moot Court Team, Mock Trial Board
  • B.S., Truman State University (1992)

Admissions

  • Michigan
  • California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section; Taxation Section; Joint Committee on Employee Benefits)
  • American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA)
  • California Bar Association
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

Presentations

  • “Fiduciary Responsibility For Retirement Plan Sponsors”  (September 2012)
  • “Taking Advantage of Changing Retirement Plan Landscape”  (November 2011)
  • “Health Care Reform Basics”  (October 2011)
  • “Fiduciary Training For Retirement Plan Committees”  (April 2011)
  • “Fiduciary Responsibility For Retirement Plan Sponsors”  (September 2010)
  • “Retirement Benefits Overview”  (October 2009)
  • “Navigating IRS and DOL Audits”  (May 2007)

Publications

Recognition

  • Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star (2006, 2007)