Practice and Industry Groups

David M. Sawyer

Shareholder Miami

*Currently licensed in Pennsylvania only.

David Sawyer represents employers in all facets related to employee benefit plans.

He assists plan administrators with defined contribution and defined benefit qualified retirement plans, supplemental deferred compensation plans, health and welfare plans, equity-based compensation plans, executive compensation issues and other benefit related matters arising out of employment and corporate restructuring transactions.

David has specific and significant experience working with Taft-Hartley plans, including involvement with the development of funding improvement and rehabilitation plans, negotiating investment contracts - including side letters with hedge funds, private equity funds, and REITs, and advising trustees on their fiduciary obligations. He also has experience advising clients on ERISA fiduciary responsibilities, assisting clients during governmental audits and examinations, including participation in various voluntary compliance programs, and regularly assisting in coverage-related analyses under fiduciary liability insurance policies.


  • Assisted national restaurant chains with strategies to comply with ACA's play or pay requirements
  • Applied for prohibited transaction exemption from the DOL for a client's contribution of business properties to the pension plan
  • Assisted plan administrators with DOL retirement and welfare plan audits
  • Assisted plan fiduciaries with review of service provider contracts and fees
  • Assisted plan fiduciaries with ERISA Fiduciary compliance and training
  • Advised plan administrators, fiduciaries, and trustees on ACA and ERISA compliance and administration of plans
  • Assisted plan fiduciaries with correction programs of DOL and IRS
  • Assisted plan administrator with settlement of penalty assessments by the DOL
  • Advise plan administrators on liabilities under employee benefit plans in mergers and acquisitions

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association