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Overview

Alan works with top agribusiness industry clients throughout the Midwest. In addition, he knows the food business on a personal level because his spouse was co-owner of a catering company for nearly a decade.

His industry successes have included:

  • Advising Ralcorp, a prominent supplier of private-brand food products in North America, on benefits matters for its 10,000 employees.
  • Serving as primary benefits counsel for Smurfit-Stone, a global paperboard and paper-based packaging company with a workforce of 21,000.

Alan’s benefits counsel strategically guides a wide variety of clients – publicly traded, privately held, tax-exempt and governmental – with qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOP), welfare and fringe benefit plans, and deferred and equity-based plans. In addition, Alan advises buyers and sellers on employee benefit issues in corporate transactions. He defends companies in connection with Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. examinations and has represented clients in rulings and other matters before their national offices.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2010-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Employee Benefits/ERISA, 2006

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • cum laude
    • Order of the Woolsack
      St. Louis University Law Journal, Editor
  • B.A., Washington University in St Louis
    • universali cum honore

Admissions

  • Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Employee Benefits Association of St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
Experience
  • Outside counsel to Ralcorp Holdings Inc. of St. Louis, Mo., advising on all employee benefits-related issues.
  • Primary outside benefits counsel at packaging producer Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.
  • Represented publicly traded company through its bankruptcy on all benefit matters, such as multiemployer plans and employer-sponsored defined benefit plans.
  • Represented a broker-dealer before the IRS national office after the IRS proposed to terminate its qualification as a nonbank trustee.
Community Leadership
  • H. F. Epstein Hebrew Academy, President, 2001-2003
  • Louis and Sarah Block Yeshiva High School, President, 2006-2008
  • Vaad Hoeir of St. Louis, President, 1998-2000