HR professionals, in-house counsel, and tax advisors rely on Spencer for his guidance and judgment on day-to-day benefits and compensation questions and for his ability to find creative solutions to complex tax and ERISA issues.
Spencer's practice covers all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation law, including the development and maintenance of qualified and nonqualified plans; plan compliance with the Code, ERISA, and Affordable Care Act; the treatment of employee benefits plans in connection with corporate mergers and acquisitions; and executive employment agreements and compensation arrangements, including Code section 409A. Spencer enjoys working with in-house counsel, tax and payroll personnel, and human resources professionals to attend to day-to-day administrative challenges and respond to new challenges.
University of Michigan Law School, 2010, J.D., cum laude
Haverford College, 2005, B.A.
Bar & Court Admissions
District of Columbia
- Manage implementation of pension de-risking initiatives and savings plan re-designs, including drafting plan documents and formal plan amendments, disclosures, and participant communications.
- Lead benefits, employment, and executive compensation attorney for dozens of mergers and acquisitions involving public and private companies, from start-ups to multinationals.
- Design and draft employment retention agreements and bonus plan including non-compete agreements to retain talent in connection with client’s acquisition of technology start-up.
- Redesign equity award plan and redraft award agreements to ensure compliance with Code section 409A and securities laws, and to incorporate best practices.
- Manage DOL audit of health plan’s compliance with the Affordable Care Act.
- Investigate compliance concern with retirement plan distributions, develop strategy for correction, and obtain IRS approval of proposal through EPCRS.
- Correct operational and documentation errors under EPCRS, DFVCP, VFCP, and 409A corrections guidance.
Advise clients on general HIPAA compliance issues, specifically including updates to comply with the HI-TECH amendments to HIPAA, as well as mitigation and notification obligations in connection with data security breaches.
News & Events
- 2020 Year-End Benefits Checklist | 11.19.2020
- Code Section 162(m) Grandfathering Rule Under TCJA | 01.25.2019
- Code Section 162(m) Planning Strategies | 01.25.2019
- IPB's 162(m) Comments to IRS Profiled in Tax Notes | 11.14.2018
- Employee Benefits Alert: New Disability Claims Rules | 03.23.2018
- Spencer Walters Quoted in Forbes | 02.27.2018
- IPB Attorneys Interviewed by Tax Notes on 162(m) | 12.20.2017
- EB Newsletter: Tax Reform | 11.17.2017
- TEI Conferences | 06.2017
- Spencer Walters Quoted re: DOL State Auto-IRA Rule | 05.14.2017
- Ivins, Phillips & Barker Partner Announcements | 02.09.2017
- Benefits & Compensation Insider | 01.2020
- IPB Alert: Notice 2019-09 and Section 4960 | 04.02.2019
- Affordable Care Act Update | 10.18.2018
- Employee Benefits Update | 12.20.2017
- EB Update: Tax Reform | 11.17.2017
- Employee Benefits in Focus: The DOL Fiduciary Rule | 06.07.2016
- Employee Benefits in Focus: Wellness Plans | 05.25.2016
- Court Takes Issue with EEOC Position on Wellness | 01.29.2016
- Responding to a Data Breach in Your Health Plan | 02.12.2015
Speeches & Presentations
- Multiple Clients – SECURE Act Overview – Early 2020
- Tax Executives Institute Annual Conference - Transactional and Planning Considerations Under New Section 162(m) – October 2019
- Tax Executive Institutes Washington DC Conference – Legislative & Regulatory Update Regarding Section 4960 – May 2019
- Mid-Sized Retirement and Healthcare Plan Management Conference - Hot Topics in Executive Compensation and Fringe Benefits – May 2018
- Federal Bar Association Section of Taxation Annual Conference - Health Plans: Update for Employers and Employees – March 2018
- DC Bar Tax Cuts & Jobs Act Conference - Compensation & Benefits Tax Reform: Changes Regarding Fringe Benefits and Retirement Plans – January 2019
- Tax Executives Institute's Region III Conference - Top Ten Compliance Risks – Employee Compensation and Benefits – June 2017
- Mid-Sized Retirement and Healthcare Plan Management Conference - Surviving a DOL Audit - April 2017 Tax Executives Institute, Richmond Chapter – Hot Topics in Executive Compensation and Employment Tax – May 2016
- Speaker for The Knowledge Group: Live Webcast "Health & Welfare Plans: What You Need to Know in 2016," October 22, 2015
- Tax Executives Institute, 2015 Federal Tax Course Level II—Targeted Issues in Executive Compensation - August 2015
- Tax Executives Institute, Cincinnati-Columbus Chapter—Affordable Care Act-Critical Issues for Tax Departments - February 2015 (with Jonathan Zimmerman)