Johnny Wentzell practices in the areas of employee benefits law, ERISA and taxation. He represents a wide variety of organizations, including public and privately held companies across all industry sectors, state and local governmental organizations, and tax exempt organizations, such as large hospital systems. He also represents individuals with regard to executive compensation matters.
He represents clients with respect to all types of employer-sponsored employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements, such 401(k) plans, profit sharing plans, defined benefit pension plans, 457(b) and 457(f) plans for both tax exempt and governmental employers, nonqualified deferred compensation plans subject to Code Section 409A, health and welfare plans, including ERISA severance plans, and equity compensation arrangements, including restricted stock and limited liability company equity grants. He also assists clients with bonus and incentive compensation programs and tax and employee benefits aspects of employment, severance and change in control agreements.
Johnny regularly assists clients in designing and drafting benefit plans, advises clients regarding the legal requirements for operating and administering plans, and prepares and submits filings to the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. He works directly with plan fiduciaries, frequently attending investment/retirement committee meetings, regarding their duties under ERISA and limitation of liability.
Johnny graduated from the University of Georgia in 2000 with a degree in Finance. He received his J.D. in 2003 from the University of South Carolina School of Law. During law school, he served as a member of the ABA Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal. In 2004, Johnny graduated from the New York University School of Law with an LL.M. in Taxation.