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  • Boston University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, 1996; Bigelow Deland Scholarship
  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, J.D., 1995; Judge Alvin B. Rubin Scholarship
  • Louisiana State University, B.S. in International Trade and Finance, 1992; Beta Gamma Sigma
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  • Louisiana, 1996
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  • M.D. La., 2000
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Timothy Brechtel
Partner
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8236 tel
504.582.8012 fax

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Tim Brechtel began his career with the national accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. His current practice focuses on assisting employers with establishing, administering, merging, and terminating qualified retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), as well as nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements under Code Section 409A, health plans, cafeteria plans, severance plans, separation agreements, health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts, transportation, and other fringe benefit plans. His retirement plan experience includes both defined contribution and defined benefit plans. He is a Board-Certified Tax Specialist as certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Brechtel reviews plan documents for compliance with applicable laws and drafts plan documents, summary plan descriptions, participant communications, and plan policies and procedures. He assists employers and service providers with establishing appropriate safeguards and procedures for protecting health information in accordance with the privacy requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). He assists employers and employees with the income tax aspects of retirement, welfare, and deferred compensation plan benefits.

Mr. Brechtel assists clients with employee benefits issues in connection with merger and acquisition transactions. He advises benefits committees and human resource personnel on fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction issues, including advice regarding the propriety of proposed transactions and preparing applications to government agencies to avoid penalties and address compliance lapses. He assists employers ranging from sole proprietorships to large multinational corporations.

Mr. Brechtel has served as the secretary of the SouthWest Benefits Association and is a member of the IRS Tax Exempt/Governmental Entities Gulf Coast Council and the Association of Employee Benefit Planners of New Orleans. He is also active in several local civic organizations, including the Benjamin Franklin High School Alumni Association and St. Andrew the Apostle Church, where is a member of the Finance Council.

Noteworthy

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Tax Law (listed annually since 2011)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2018 Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law "Lawyer of the Year" in New Orleans
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2016 Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law "Lawyer of the Year" in New Orleans
  • Listed in the 2017 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Employee Benefits (also listed in 2007-2008 and 2013 to present)

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  • American Bar Association (Member, Section of Taxation)
  • Association of Employee Benefit Planners of New Orleans
  • Benjamin Franklin High School Alumni Association (Board Member, Past President)
  • Board-Certified Tax Specialist as Certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization (Member, Tax Law Examination Committee, 2005–2006)
  • Camp Fire USA Greater New Orleans Council (Board Member, 2003–2010; Treasurer, 2003–2006; Past President)
  • IRS Tax Exempt/Governmental Entities Gulf Coast Council
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Member, Section of Taxation)
  • National Center for Employee Ownership
  • SouthWest Benefits Association (Member, Board of Directors, 2007–2010; Secretary, 2009–2010)