Tim Kennedy focuses his practice on advising clients on legal issues pertaining to retirement plans, health and welfare benefits, executive compensation arrangements, and fringe benefits.
His experience includes assisting employers in complying with the Internal Revenue Code and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and advising employers on best practices in the design, implementation, and administration of employee benefit plans. Tim routinely drafts and reviews employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements, negotiates employee benefit plan service provider agreements, prepares Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determination letter filings and voluntary compliance program submissions, and counsels employee benefit plan fiduciaries on their duties under ERISA. He also advises employers on payroll tax and reporting obligations arising from employee benefit and compensation programs.
In addition to serving private sector employers across a range of industries, Tim has significant experience with the retirement benefit programs of tax exempt and governmental employers, including 403(b) plans, 457(b) plans, 457(f) arrangements, and 415(m) qualified governmental excess benefit arrangements.
Prior to joining FordHarrison, Tim was an associate in the employee benefits and executive compensation practice group of a large international corporate law firm. He also previously served as an Assistant Regional Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Social Security Administration, where he participated in the agency’s state and local government entity coverage compliance efforts, defended agency disability decisions in federal district and circuit courts, and represented the agency in employment matters before the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.