David R. Godofsky

Alston & Bird LLP

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F Street Northwest 950
Washington 20004 DC US

David Godofsky is a partner in the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, which was named “Law Firm of the Year” by U.S. News and Employee Benefits (ERISA) in 2015 and 2017. David is also the chairman of the Firm’s Retirement and Insurance Committee.

He has a multidisciplinary practice that is unique in the United States. His ability to integrate legal analysis with cost, funding, administration and benefit design considerations is informed by his education and years of experience as an actuary and consultant.

David is a member of a team of litigators who have represented several major employers in cutting-edge class action litigation and other “bet the company” litigation matters. He has represented clients before the Supreme Courts of Florida and Illinois, as well as U.S. district courts and state trial courts around the country.

David is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, an Enrolled Actuary, a former director of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, and former vice chairman of the Education & Examination Committee of the Society of Actuaries.

He currently serves as Chairman of a committee of the Actuarial Standards Board, and on the program committee of the Enrolled Actuaries Meeting. In response to his comment letters, the U.S. Department of the Treasury corrected an error in pension funding regulations and changed the rules for determining whether cash balance plans satisfy the backloading requirements.

Before joining Alston & Bird, David spent 18 years designing, implementing and administering employee benefit plans, determining costs, and helping employers control costs and get the most for their employee benefits budgets.

His clients seek his advice for practical, workable solutions to complex problems, and the ability to make highly technical concepts understandable to executives, employees, judges and arbitrators.

Bar Admissions:

  •  District of Columbia
  •  Tennessee
  •  Missouri


  •  University of Virginia (J.D., 1982)
  •  College of Insurance (B.S., 1979)


  • Society of Actuaries, Fellow, former vice chair of Education & Examination Committee
  • Enrolled Actuary
  • Conference of Consulting Actuaries, Fellow, former director
  • American Academy of Actuaries
  • Enrolled Actuaries Meeting, Program Committee


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