common sense solutions

Benefits & Compensation


Clients need quick and practical answers to complex questions. They need help spotting issues and opportunities early and crafting concrete solutions to the inevitable challenges. And they need legal advice that comes in on time and on budget.

We take pride in our ability to look at the horizon and spot risk and identify opportunities for our clients. We also react quickly and with common sense to benefit design projects, corporate transactions, compliance issues and claims. We take the time to understand our clients’ needs and design fee solutions that make budgeting easy and predictable.

Our roots are deep. Our group was formed by forward-thinking lawyers in 1974 shortly after ERISA was signed, and we drafted some of the first tax-qualified profit sharing 401(k) plans in the country. And we’ve been at it ever since—advising employers large and small on how to navigate the increasingly complex and regulated employee benefits field. Today, that includes HIPAA, health care, privacy and executive compensation in addition to traditional tax-qualified retirement and pension plans.

We work as a team, because collaboration is the key to success. At Dorsey, we have immediate access to deep knowledge in health care, privacy, technology contracting, tax controversies, ERISA litigation, labor and employment law, M&A and more. We are problem solvers, translators and teachers. Our lawyers have years of experience in and outside of law firms. Our group includes accountants, people fluent in multiple languages, part-time law professors, former lobbyists and lawyers with experience as in-counsel for large employers and health insurers.


Your Employee Benefits


US News Best Lawyers 2021 Top Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Firm

US News Best Lawyers 2021 Top Employment Law-Management Law Firm

US News Best Lawyers 2021 Leading ERISA Litigation Law Firm

US News Best Lawyers 2021 Top Tax Law Firm

135 Dorsey Lawyers-50+ Practices Best Lawyers 2021

Leading Firm-Over 23 Dorsey Practices Chambers 2020

American College of Trial Lawyers-3 Attorney Members 2019

BTI Client Service A-Team 2019

100 Dorsey Super Lawyers 2019


Timothy Arends
Practice Group Chair

Industries & Practices

  • ERISA Litigation
  • Executive Compensation
  • Healthcare Transactions & Regulations
  • Labor & Employment
  • Mergers & Acquisitions