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Overview

Gage helps clients structure and sustain complex employee benefit and executive compensation plans.

Gage works closely with individuals and business of all sizes – from startups to Fortune 500 companies – to plan and defend customized benefits and executive compensation plans. Gage also has experience with proactive audits involving International Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) compliance matters including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)​, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). Clients in healthcare, technology, education, manufacturing and nonprofit sectors are among those relying on Gage’s counsel. He helps clients streamline legal complexities involving:

  • 401(k) and other qualified employee retirement plans
  • Medical, dental, vision, life insurance and other welfare plans
  • Internal Revenue Code Section 409A
  • Internal Revenue Code Section 280G
  • Fringe benefit plans
  • Employment taxes and withholding obligations

Before joining the firm, Gage worked with the world’s largest professional services firm, counseling on similar tax issues for clients domestically and internationally. Gage also led his own startup business while in college and worked as a corporate legal intern for one of the nation's leading insurance companies. Clients appreciate his broad view on benefits and compensation issues and his passion for positioning them optimally no matter where the conversation begins.


Services

Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
    • Wisconsin Mock Trial Team
    • Thomas Tang Moot Court Competitor
  • B.B.A., Viterbo University
    • magna cum laude
    • Management
    • NCBCA Academic All-American Scholar Award
    • Outstanding Student Leader Award

Admissions

  • Wisconsin
Experience
  • Advised multi-national employees on taxation and benefits implications of inbound and outbound short-term assignments, long-term assignments and permanent transfers, including qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and rollovers.
  • Provided guidance on Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements, Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) and impact of U.S. tax treaty provisions on qualified plans.
  • Counseled rapidly growing U.S.-based tech industry startup regarding cross-border employee benefits to retain talent as company expanded into 17 international locations.
  • Guided large publicly traded financial services company through tax reform changes of Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) regarding deductibility of executive compensation, specifically grandfathering of equity-based compensation plans.
  • Calculated penalties and navigated compliance for numerous clients regarding Internal Revenue Code Section 280G (golden parachute payments).
  • Assisted numerous international and domestic clients in complying with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code regarding nonqualified deferred compensation.
Case Studies
Associated Banc-Corp

Long-time client Associated Banc-Corp approached our team in late March 2020 regarding the potential sale of Associated Benefits & Risk Consulting (ABRC). We had assisted Associated in building the unit over the previous decade, having worked on numerous acquisitions that turned ABRC into the 36th largest broker of U.S. business providing employee benefits, retirement plans, compliance, business insurance, risk management and individual insurance solutions. When the time came for Associated to monetize that investment, our team had the deep knowledge of the business needed to make things happen.

Outside the Office

Having played on his college golf team, Gage remains an avid golfer, along with skiing and playing hockey in the winter. He’s also a devoted fan of the Packers. He and his wife, a school teacher, enjoy spending time with their bernedoodle, Oliver, and visiting Door County.

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