Timothy G. Verrall

Shareholder || Houston

Timothy G. Verrall is a shareholder in the Houston office of Ogletree Deakins where he advises a diverse range of clients on a wide variety of employee benefit plan issues arising under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, and related federal and state laws including the following:

  • Employee Benefit Plan Design & Administration. Representation of public, private, non-profit, and governmental employers in connection with the design, implementation, and administration of retirement, health and welfare, and fringe benefit plans including tax qualification matters, plan drafting, vendor searches, processing and determination of benefit claims, plan administrative and corrections issues, HIPAA (including health care privacy and security) and COBRA compliance, and fiduciary responsibility matters.
  • Executive and Incentive Compensation. Representation of public, private, non-profit, and governmental employers in connection with the design, implementation, and administration of executive compensation arrangements and agreements, including non-qualified deferred compensation programs, employment, retention, change in control, and severance arrangements, and incentive and equity compensation programs.
  • Controversies and Litigation. Representation of public and private employers in connection with DOL, IRS, and PBGC audits involving retirement and health and welfare plans and ERISA litigation matters involving fiduciary responsibility, benefit claims, preemption issues, employee and contractor terminations, and health care privacy.
  • Plan Investments. Representation of financial institutions, private equity firms, private and governmental pension plans, and investment advisers regarding ERISA implications of plan investments including structure and administration of investment vehicles and portfolio companies and issuance of investment products targeted at benefit plan investors.
  • Health Care Privacy. Representation of financial institutions, insurers, technology companies, health care providers, and pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in connection with health care privacy and data security requirements imposed by HIPAA and related federal and state statutes.

Mr. Verrall also has extensive experience in the transactional setting, having advised clients in connection with over 300 corporate transactions of all types (mergers, asset and stock acquisitions, joint ventures, spin-offs, and outsourcing arrangements), including pre-deal analysis and assessment, negotiation of acquisition and related agreements, and post-deal transition matters.

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  • J.D., cum laude, Tulane University School of Law, 1996
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Political Sciences, Mississippi State University, 1991

Admittance to Practice

  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • California
  • Virginia

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Tax Section)
  • California State Bar Association (Tax and Employment Sections)
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Society of Human Resource Managers
  • Professional in Human Resource Administration
  • Western Pension & Benefits Conference – Orange County, CA chapter (Past Board Member; President – 2006)
  • California Compensation & Benefits Advisor (Former Editorial Board Member)


  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Voluntary Early Retirement and Workforce Restructuring Programs: When, Why, and How?" - La Quinta - November 9, 2018
  • TEGE Council Exempt Organizations Update - "Employee Sharing: The Lay of the Land, and Where You Can Go Wrong" - Dallas - June 15, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Your Money or Your Data! Cautionary Tales of Cybersecurity in the Benefits World" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Symposium - "Top Tips for Surviving Benefit Plan Audits" - Phoenix - May 9, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Cybersecurity in the Benefits World—How to Keep Pace With Evolving Threats to Your Data" - San Diego - May 5, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Symposium - "Benefit Plan Data Security: New Threats, New Obligations" - Austin - March 23, 2017
  • September 8, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Hurricane-Related Donations: Ways for Employers and Employees to Help"
  • July/August 2017 - Employee Benefit Plan Review - "Predicting the Unpredictable: What Might the Trump Administration Hold for Employee Benefits?"
  • July 15, 2014 - SHRM.org - "California Gives Small Businesses Extra Time to Comply with ACA"
  • February 2010 - International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Tracker - "Federal and State Health Privacy Developments"
  • October 28, 2009 - Bloomberg Law Reports – Labor & Employment - "New Health Privacy Challenges For Employers"
  • 2009 - BNA Books - "Global Employee Privacy And Data Security Law"
  • May 19, 2008 - BNA’s Privacy & Security Law Report - "New Federal Law Regulates Collection And Use Of Genetic Information By Employers And Group Health Plans"
  • 2000 - 25 Okla. City Univ. L. Rev. 435 - "Employee Benefit Plans In Mergers And Acquisitions"
  • January 19, 2018 - SHRM Online - "What Does the ACA Individual-Mandate Repeal Mean for Covered California?"
  • December 4, 2017 - Employee Benefits Adviser - "How the Senate bill affects employee benefit taxes"
  • July 28, 2017 - Law360 - "Attys Predict Next Steps After ACA Repeal Failure"
  • February 8, 2017 - SHRM Online - "What Would Happen to Covered California After ACA Repeal?"
  • March 31, 2016 - SHRM.org - "Supreme Court Seeks Alternatives in Contraceptives Case"
  • March 9, 2015 - Law360 - "ACA Cadillac Tax Could Hit Less Expensive Plans"
  • January 26, 2015 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Supreme Court Rejects Analysis of Duration of Retiree Benefits As Contrary to Contract Law"
  • July 31, 2014 - Wolters Kluwer Standard Taxes on Parade - "IRS Releases More Code Sec. 36B Guidance; Describes Relationship Between Credit And Self-Employment Deduction"
  • June 26, 2014 - Wolters Kluwer - "Agencies Clarify Orientation Period For PPACA's 90-Day Waiting Period"
  • May 15, 2014 - Law360 - "High Court Could Give ERISA Litigation A Shot In The Arm"
  • May 16, 2013 - SHRM.org - "Be Prepared for HHS' Enhanced Enforcement of HIPAA Rules"

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