Peter is an experienced lawyer specializing in employee benefits and ERISA matters. He serves as the head of the McGrath North Employee Benefits Practice Group. Peter works with retirement and health and welfare plans as well as nonualified deferred compensation plans and aggrangements. His experience includes serving as counsel in mergers and acquisitions with respect to employee benefit plans and due diligence; representing clients before the IRS and Department of Labor; providing retirement plan design counsel and documentation for corporate, tax-exempt and governmental entities; and advising clients with respect to prohibited transaction exemptions and fiduciary obligations. Peter’s banking background and experience with multinational companies give him a unique perspective and the ability to offer his clients tremendous value.
With over 30 years of experience, Peter has learned that by treating the client relationship like a partnership, he can clearly see the issue from the client’s perspective and offer an array of practical solutions that can appropriately and effectively solve the problem at hand. His clients are regularly challenged to provide competitive employee and executive benefit programs in a complex and demanding regulatory environment, but Peter’s expertise and insight are always up for the challenge.
- Creighton University School of Law (J.D., 1989)
- Creighton University (, 1983)
- Nebraska (1989)
- Colorado (2013 (inactive))
In its newly released 2022 edition, The Best Lawyers in America® has recognized 47 McGrath North attorneys in the full range of specialty practice areas key to supporting businesses of all sizes across a broad range of industries. Of these partners recognized based on peer-review surveys, 11 were named “Lawyer of the Year.” This honor is awarded to only one attorney with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location.
McGrath North is sponsoring and conducting our Thirteenth Annual Seminar for Accounting Professionals in Omaha, Nebraska. The seminar will focus on a variety of topics such as: You’re Collecting Sensitive Personal And Financial Data From Your U.S. Clients: Are You Doing What Is Required To Protect It?; Help Your Consumer Products Clients Save Time and Money; Structuring and Implementing Buy-Sell Agreements; New Section 199A: All the Highlights; My Meme is Better than Yours: Internet IP Considerations; Labor and Employment Law Under Trump: Where are We and Where are We Headed?; The State Tax Anatomy Series—Wayfair Meets the Tax Defense Team; and Employee Benefits Annual Review.
The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently released Revenue Procedure 2021-30 (the “Updated Procedure”), providing some new guidance regarding recoupment of overpaid benefit payments and other plan failures. The IRS Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (“EPCRS”) allows retirement plan sponsors to correct plan failures, and the EPCRS, through the Updated Procedure, offers new correction methods. With the release of the Updated Procedure, the IRS is encouraging employers to voluntarily and promptly make corrections to benefit overpayments, without seeking participant repayment or additional employer contributions in some cases. In addition, other correction methods are expanded. These new procedures generally took effect on July 16, 2021, and the following is a list of the key takeaways for sponsors of retirement plans:
- Listed: “Best Lawyers in America”, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
- “Best Lawyers in America”, Omaha Lawyer of the Year, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2017, 2022
- Listed: Great Plains Super Lawyers (Employee Benefits Law) 2018-2021
- Adjunct Professor-Employee Benefits, Creighton University School of Law
- Creighton Law Review Member
- Creighton Moot Court Board Member
- Pension Council of the Midlands, President (2003-2006)
- Western Pension and Benefits Council, Member
- Listed: Martindale-Hubbell, AV/Preeminent Rating