Steven Lifson

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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South Wacker Drive 233
Chicago 60606 IL US

Mr. Steven R. Lifson is a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His practice is concentrated primarily in the areas of employee benefits law, with special emphasis on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).

Mr. Lifson is past Chairperson of the firm’s Defined Contribution Plan Practice Group, and he currently serves on the firm’s Welfare Plan Committee. Mr. Lifson teaches various courses in employee benefits and executive compensation as part of the graduate program at The John Marshall Law School, in Chicago, Illinois.

Mr. Lifson has extensive experience in the design, implementation and administration of employee benefit plans of all kinds. He regularly serves as counsel to plan sponsors and ERISA fiduciaries. Mr. Lifson has supervised compliance audits of qualified retirement plans, health and welfare programs, and executive compensation arrangements.

He has made presentations before Boards of Directors, Compensation Committees, and plan fiduciaries regarding ERISA fiduciary compliance. Mr. Lifson has represented clients in audits and proceedings before the Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service.

Mr. Lifson has considerable experience with ESOPs and ESOP transactions. He regularly advises clients regarding plan design aspects, how to structure and implement ESOP transactions, and administration matters. Mr. Lifson is a member of The ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership. He speaks regularly at the national conventions of The ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership.

Mr. Lifson is an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School where he has taught employee benefits courses in the graduate tax program. He is a member of American, Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations and Chicago Estate Planning Council.


  • LL.M., John Marshall Law School (1993)
  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law (1987)
  • B.A., Boston University (1982)


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