Chase A. Tweel

Biography

Chase’s practice focuses on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of corporate transactions, in addition to the design, implementation, and administration of qualified retirement plans (including ESOPs), health and welfare plans, and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. He also structures, drafts, and advises on the tax and financial aspects of equity- and cash-based incentive compensation arrangements, change-in-control and retention bonus arrangements, and severance arrangements. In both transactional and non-transactional settings, Chase’s clients benefit from his deep and extensive knowledge of Internal Revenue Code §§ 83 (compensatory transfers of property like restricted stock), 409A (deferred compensation) 280G (golden parachute arrangements), 422 (incentive stock options), and related doctrines. His clients include publicly traded and privately held companies, private equity and venture capital groups, and individual executives.

A substantial portion of Chase’s practice involves the design and implementation of ESOPs, and he frequently represents privately held companies, shareholders, commercial lenders, and independent fiduciaries in their respective roles in ESOP transactions. His transactional experience encompasses partial and 100 percent ESOP transactions (leveraged and non-leveraged), second stage transactions, re-leveraging transactions, sales of ESOP companies, and acquisitions by ESOP companies. Chase also provides ongoing legal counsel to ESOP companies, with an emphasis on corporate governance and ERISA and Internal Revenue Code compliance.

With broad M&A experience, Chase regularly advises companies on benefits-related due diligence matters and post-transaction benefit plan design, integration, and compliance. Having previously represented numerous multiemployer pension funds, his familiarity with collective bargaining, defined benefit plan funding rules, and withdrawal liability is an asset in representing both buyers and sellers in unionized industries.

Chase also has extensive experience with the federal and state laws that impact the administration of health and welfare benefit plans, cafeteria plans, health savings accounts (HSAs), health reimbursement accounts (HRAs), flexible spending arrangements (FSAs), wellness programs, and fringe benefits,  including ERISA, health care reform, COBRA, HIPAA, and applicable tax rules.

Chase also regularly represents plan sponsors in matters involving the IRS, DOL, and PBGC, including litigation, plan audits and correction programs.

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center  (LL.M., 2010)
    • Taxation
  • University of North Carolina School of Law  (J.D., 2009)
  • University of North Carolina  (B.A., 2006)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • District of Columbia
  • Missouri (inactive)
  • Kansas (inactive)

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers®
    • "Ones to Watch" in Cincinnati for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (2022)