We are very proud to share that our firm now includes 11 Fellows of the prestigious American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (ACEBC®) are selected by the College’s Board of Governors from among employee benefits attorneys nominated for that honor and recommended for consideration by the Board’s Membership Committee after considering the recommendations of regional screening committees and meeting its strict membership criteria.
Our firm, now with 11 ACEBC® Fellows among our 46 lawyers, has more ACEBC® Fellows, by a wide margin, than any other law firm nationwide, including those with thousands of lawyers.
Our 11 ACEBC® Fellows are Marcia Wagner, Harold Ashner, Russell A. Gaudreau, Israel Goldowitz, Mark Poerio, Susan Rees, Linda Rosenzweig, Barry Salkin and Roberta Casper Watson. Three of our firm’s members, Linda Rosenzweig and Roberta Casper Watson, are Charter Fellows of the College, having been inducted in the first class of Fellows at its inaugural gala dinner at the World Trade Center in New York City on July 8, 2000.
To qualify for membership as a Fellow of the ACEBC®, an individual must: have at least 20 years of experience as an employee benefits practitioner following admission to the practice of law, in the private sector (including law firm, in-house corporate, tax-exempt organization or consulting), government or academic setting; have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the development and pursuit of public awareness and understanding of the law of employee benefits, through such activities as writing, speaking, participating in public policy analysis, public education or public service and representation projects, and leadership in the employee benefits activities of bar associations or other professional organizations; have consistently exhibited exemplary character and ethical behavior, with no discipline record with any professional or governmental body for departing from ethical or professional standards; and, be generally recognized by his or her peers for expertise in the field and intellectual excellence.
The ACEBC® is dedicated to elevating the standards and advancing the public’s understanding of the practice of employee benefits law. In pursuit of this goal, it encourages the study and development of employee benefits laws, initiates professional discussions of significant employee benefits issues, and sponsors an extensive list of Continuing Legal Education programs. Our firm’s 11 Fellows exemplify the ACEBC®’s goals and play a large part in furthering those goals both through their practice of law in every aspect of the realm of employee benefits, as well as by way of activities such as article and book authorship, speaking at a wide variety of seminars and webinars, serving on relevant committees and boards of bar associations and other professional organizations, and teaching employee benefits topics at various academic institutions.