Arthur Woodard is a retired partner whose area of concentration was employee benefits and executive compensation matters.
Mr. Woodard practiced in the area of employee benefits since his graduation from law school, and is a former chair of legacy Kaye Scholer's Employee Benefits group. That practice encompassed the traditional benefits areas of plan design and compliance but was primarily transactional in nature, centering on the benefits aspects involved in the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions and Finance practices.
Mr. Woodard had extensive experience in designing executive compensation plans and negotiating employment agreements, the establishment of supplemental retirement programs and deferred and incentive compensation arrangements for corporations. Mr. Woodard also counseled clients on the tax and business implications of "golden parachute" agreements, the impact of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, benefits issues in bankruptcy cases, and on litigation-related issues.
Mr. Woodard counseled clients about difficult fiduciary issues, including the proper way to structure a transaction to avoid "prohibited transactions" and having the assets of pension plans continue to be treated as assets of the plan following an investment (creating fiduciary issues). He also provided counseling on legislation; deals with the IRS, the Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation on numerous issues; and advised on multi-employer plan issues, particularly withdrawal liability.
Mr. Woodard has lectured and written extensively on a variety of benefits-connected topics, including the bankruptcy aspects of benefits, the scope of ERISA preemption, and on executive compensation matters, particularly the application of Section 409A to various arrangements.