John A. Nixon practices in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation, counseling executives, plan sponsors and product providers in the design and operation of executive compensation, pension and retirement programs. He represents clients in a range of issues, including fiduciary duties; 409A and 457(f) compliance for nonqualified deferred compensation plans, supplemental executive retirement plans and executive employment agreements; federal tax issues applicable to government pension, defined contribution and 457(b) plans; tax qualification requirements under the Internal Revenue Code for employee retirement plans; equity and nonequity forms of executive compensation; and employer health, welfare and flexible benefits plans. He also advises employers and fiduciaries in benefits litigation matters.
Mr. Nixon is a frequent lecturer, commentator and author on executive compensation and employee benefits issues. He currently serves as Chair of the Tax Committee of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, and has served on the Advisory Panel on Employee Benefits for the American Law Institute ("ALI-CLE") Program Committee. He is also a member of the standing faculty of the ALI-CLE course of study, "Retirement, Deferred Compensation and Welfare Plans of Tax-Exempt and Governmental Employees."
Mr. Nixon is a 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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