Mr. Nicholas J. Waddles is a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Group in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His practice focuses on advising trustees, plan administrators and service providers of multiemployer trust funds and other collectively bargained plans on issues such as compliance with the Affordable Care Act, plan design, withdrawal liability, trust administration, plan investments, fiduciary duties, QDROs, QMCSOs, and general compliance with ERISA, the IRC, federal labor law, and other laws affecting multiemployer plans.
Mr. Waddles has represented numerous plan sponsors in controversies before the IRS, DOL, and PBGC. He has negotiated the resolution of compliance issues for retirement plans through IRS remedial programs such as VCP, Audit CAP, and SCP. Mr. Waddles also has considerable experience in the DOL’s remedial programs such as the DFVC and VFC programs.
Mr. Waddles also advises corporate counsel, company executives and HR professionals in all aspects of the employee benefit plans sponsored by their organizations. He advises retirement plan fiduciaries on their responsibilities under ERISA and regularly meets with investment and compensation committees to ensure they are fulfilling these responsibilities.
Mr. Waddles has worked extensively on structuring employee benefit plans and amending them to comply with various federal laws. Mr. Waddles is a member of Seyfarth’s National Diversity & Inclusion Action Team (DAIT) and is the local DAT leader for the Los Angeles offices. He is also the Co-Managing Partner of the Los Angeles – Century City Office.
- J.D., Washington University in St. Louis (1996)
- National Employment Law Moot Court Team, Mock Trial Board
- B.S., Truman State University (1992)
- American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section; Taxation Section; Joint Committee on Employee Benefits)
- American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA)
- California Bar Association
- International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
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