Seth F. Gaudreau
- ERISA and Employee Benefits
- Executive Compensation
- Investment Management
- Fiduciary Compliance
- Retirement Plans
- Labor, Employment & HR
Seth Gaudreau concentrates his practice in ERISA business litigation, and investment management law. Within the ERISA field, he conducts research on all matters relating to employment law, which covers qualified and unqualified benefit plans, welfare plans, and retirement plans.
He also crafts various plan documents and employer administrative forms. Seth assists clients in the filing of Forms 5500 and 5588 with the U.S. Department of Labor and has significant experience advising investment managers and other clients on key provisions within ERISA Title I and in negotiating other ERISA issues related to investment management services. His duties also include drafting legal memoranda and briefs for litigation.
Prior to joining The Wagner law Group, Seth was associated with leading law firms in Boston and Washington, D.C.
Publications & Media
- A Guide to the SEC’s Reg BI Bulletins – PLANADVISER, August 25, 2022 (PDF)
- Are You Ready for the SEC’s New Marketing Rule? – National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA), May 6, 2022 (PDF)
- November SEC Advertising Rule Compliance Date Fast Approaching – PLANADVISER, May 5, 2022 (PDF)
- Cybersecurity A Major SEC Focus in 2022 – Co-author, 401(k) Specialist, January 26, 2022 (PDF)
- Form CRS: What Investors Need to Know Now – Co-author with Patrice Maloney-Knauff, The Streeet’s Retirement Daily, July 22, 2020
- Status of the DOL Fiduciary Conflict of Interest Rule as it Applies to HSAs that are Part of a High Deductible Health Plan – ECFC Flex Reporter, Volume 21, Number 3, September 2017
- Postponement of the ERISA Fiduciary Rules on ERISA Investments: Background and Possible Impact – ECFC Flex Reporter, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2017
- Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
- LL.M. - 2010
- Major: Securities and Financial Regulation
- Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
- J.D. - 2007
- Dennison University, Ohio
- B.A. - 2008
- Major: Economics
- District of Columbia, 2012
- Massachusetts, 2008
- Antonoplos & Associates, Associate Attorney, 2013 to 2014
- Tanenholz & Ash, LLP, Attorney, 2012 to 2013
- Iron Mountain, Inc., Attorney, 2011 to 2012
- Geode Capital Management, LLC, Attorney, 2008 to 2009
- Oppenheimer & Company, Financial Consultant, 2002 to 2004
- Ladenburg & Thalmann, Financial Consultant, 2002
- Hales & Company, Financial Analyst, 2001
IRS Publishes Registered Apprenticeship Guidance
By Stephen Wilkes and Seth Gaudreau On November 30, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) published Notice 2022-61 (the “Notice”) in the Federal Register. Among the provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022...
DOL “Clarifies” Guidance on the Bonding Requirements to PEPS and Their Pooled Plan Providers
By Stephen Wilkes, Seth Gaudreau and Susan Rees A recent Information Letter from Eric Berger, Chief, Division of Coverage, Reporting and Disclosure, in the Office of Regulations and Interpretations of the Employee Benefit Security Administration (“EBSA”) of the...
Ninth Circuit Requires Lower Court to Consider New Evidence in LTD Suit
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Kay v. Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company, has reversed a lower court’s decision upholding an insurer’s termination of long-term disability (“LTD”) benefits after concluding that the “district court abused its...
Federal Court Finds Key Part of ACA’s Preventive Service Mandate Unconstitutional
A Texas federal district court, in Braidwood Management, Inc. v. Becerra, has held that the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA’s”) requirement that most group health plans and health insurers cover certain recommended preventive services without cost-sharing violates the...
Department of Labor Updates Guidance on Independence of Qualified Plan Accountants
Plan sponsors of large employee benefit pension plans are familiar with the requirement of audited financial statements for annual reporting purposes. That requirement is discussed in the DOL’s 2018 guidebook “Selecting an Auditor for Your Employee Benefit Plan,” and...