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“Few firms of any size can match the resources Ivins has dedicated to ERISA, executive compensation and other employee benefits.”
- Chambers & Partners

In an age of mega law firms and consolidation, IPB remains one of the few independent tax and employee benefits specialty law firms. We continue to thrive because we focus on:

  • Unbiased Representation. We represent employers – not service providers. Many of our competitors represent the insurance companies, third-party administrators, and other entities that service employer plans. We focus on the employer side, which allows us to zealously represent you and your plans without conflict.
  • Service. We aim to answer your questions quickly and efficiently without reinventing the wheel. No question is too narrow for us to answer, and clients value our responsiveness and practical guidance.
  • Partnership. We focus on your needs, and partner with you and your colleagues to achieve your company’s goals. We regularly and comfortably work alongside other service providers, recognizing the different skills and value each of us brings to the table. As your partner, we always ensure that you are working with an attorney who has the right experience to address your specific issue.
  • Flexibility. We don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. We are nimble in how we approach issues. Sometimes a client wants a “turn over every rock” answer, and sometimes a client just wants a quicker “pretty sure” response. It depends on how much is riding on the question. We get that.


Below is a sample client list from the many large U.S. and foreign multinational clients who seek our counsel on sophisticated benefits issues as well as day-to-day plan maintenance. Many of these clients have remained with Ivins, Phillips & Barker for decades.

Sample Benefits & Compensation Clients

  • AIG
  • Allegheny Technologies Incorporated
  • Allied Universal
  • ASGN, Incorporated
  • Bayer AG
  • Capital Group
  • CarMax
  • Castle & Cooke, Inc.
  • The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated
  • Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
  • The Dixie Group
  • Dole Food Company Inc.
  • Dominion Energy
  • Dresser, Inc. / Baker Hughes GE
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • First American Financial Corporation
  • GE
  • General Mills
  • General Motors Company
  • Girl Scouts of the United States of America
  • Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc.
  • HP Inc.
  • IBM Corporation
  • ITG Brands, LLC
  • Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Meltzer Group
  • Mercer LLC
  • National Fuel Gas Company
  • Nokia 
  • Owens & Minor, Inc.
  • Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG)
  • Reichhold LLC
  • Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Saudi Aramco)
  • S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
  • Shiseido Company Ltd.
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions
  • Union Pacific Corporation
  • United States Golf Association
  • Vulcan Materials Company


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