Professional Bio

  • Barry Salkin concentrates his practice in ERISA and employee benefits law. He has significant expertise drafting, amending and negotiating various ERISA and employee benefit plans, including defined benefit pension plans, profit sharing plans, 401(k) plans, as well as qualified and non-qualified deferred compensation programs. He also has wide-ranging experience crafting group medical and health plans involving Health Care Reform, HIPAA, and COBRA. In addition, he has represented clients in ERISA litigation and audits.

    His clients include multi-national corporations, closely-held companies, high-net-worth individuals, financial institutions, governmental agencies, investment groups, and tax-exempt organizations such as hospitals and physicians’ organizations.

    Barry also advises clients on all aspects of retirement plan tax-qualification requirements and the application of labor and securities laws and regulations to sponsors of employee benefit plans and executive compensation programs. Moreover, he has extensive experience in establishing, merging and terminating benefit plans and compensation agreements, and counsels clients on fiduciary responsibilities and prohibited transactions.

    Prior to joining The Wagner Law Group, Barry served as counsel and senior attorney at leading law firms in Manhattan.

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  • Bar and Court Admissions

    • New York State U.S. Tax Court
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

    Association and Memberships

    • Member of the Journal of Pension Planning & Compliance Editorial Board
    • Author - Lexis Nexis Practice Advisor Practice Notes
    • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, J.D., cum laude, 1977
    • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Ph.D. American History, 1974
    • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, M.A. American History, 1969
    • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, B.A., History, summa cum laude, Valedictorian, 1968

    • Who's Who in America - Marquis Who's Who - As of 2020
    • Honored as a Founding Volunteer Attorney by Pro Bono Partnership at the 2017 Volunteer Recognition Event
    • Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, 2006 - Present
    • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Benefits Law Journal, June 2015 - Present
    • New York Super Lawyers List, 2011 - Present
    • Pro Bono Partnership Volunteer of the Year, 2010
    • Member of the Legal Advisory Counsel for the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations, 2000 - Present