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Ari J. Sonneberg

Professional Bio

  • Ari Sonneberg has been with The Wagner Law Group since 2001, specializing in the fields of ERISA and employee benefits. Ari advises and represents clients with respect to design, compliance and all other aspects of qualified and non-qualified employee benefit plans. He has extensive experience in drafting, designing, amending, and restating qualified and non-qualified employee benefit plans and related trusts, includes money purchase pension plans, profit sharing plans, 401(k) plans, defined benefit plans, welfare benefit plans, medical expense reimbursement plans, 403(b) plans, and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. Ari frequently advises clients concerning government filings and correction programs associated with the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

    Additionally, Ari has also advised clients on terminating qualified defined benefit and defined contribution plans, including orphaned plans and plans under bankruptcy trustees. He also consults on matters such as HIPAA compliance in relation to employee benefit plans and has represented clients through governmental audits and subsequent negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor.

    Prior to joining The Wagner Law Group, Ari was an associate in the Boston office of a prominent national law firm where he reviewed and analyzed commercial ground leases, analyzed issues relating to insurance, condemnation, assignment, subletting, percentage rent, use restrictions and operating covenants, termination rights, environmental conditions and liability issues. He also analyzed and made recommendations with respect to appropriate provisions for subordination, non-disturbance and mutual attornment rights as affecting ground lessors, ground lessees, subtenants and leasehold mortgagees.

    Ari also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles E. Ramos, Supreme Court, New York County, Commercial Part.

    • "The Impact of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 on 401(k) Plans," Massachusetts Bar Association Section Review, Volume 4, Number 3, Summer 2002
    • "Termination of Tax-Qualified Defined Contribution Retirement Benefit Plans," (PDF) UBS Financial Services Seminar, August 5, 2011 (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)
    • "Advising Your Clients Regarding Small Business Retirement Plans," October 2002, Massachusetts Bar Association (Boston, MA) – Program chair and speaker 
    • "ERISA: Pension Plan Development and Administration in Massachusetts," November 2002 – Speaker 
    • "Retirement Planning for You and Your Clients," June 2004, Massachusetts Bar Association (Boston, MA) – Speaker 
    • "Drafting Legal Documents," September 2004, Stonehill College (Easton, MA) – Health Care Administration Law course – Guest speaker 
    • "Significant Changes to the Tax Rules Governing Deferred Compensation Arrangements under the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004: What You Need to Know Before December 31, 2004 to Comply With These Important Changes," December 2004, Massachusetts Bar Association – Program Chair and speaker
  • Bar Admissions

    • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

    Bar Association Membership

    • Massachusetts Bar Association – Appointed to Taxation Law Section Council (2001 - Present) and Chair of the ERISA Section Practice Group, Massachusetts Bar Association (2001 - 2005)
    • American Bar Association
    • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY. Juris Doctor, June 2000
    • CUNY Queens College, Flushing, NY. Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude, February 1997
      • Dean's List (all semesters), Honors in Political Science, Golden Key National Honor Society, Business and Liberal Arts Honors Program
    • Rising Star Award, New England Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010 - 2011