Lisa Tavares Named Co-Chair of Venable's Business Division

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WASHINGTON, DC (November 19, 2019) – Venable LLP is pleased to announce that Lisa A. Tavares, partner in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice, will join Robert L. Waldman as a co-chair of the firm's Business Division. As co-chair, Ms. Tavares will be a member of the firm's Management Committee and the Board.

For more than 20 years, Ms. Tavares has counseled clients on a wide breadth of employee benefits matters. She advises both private and public employers on all areas related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and her practice regularly includes the administration of pension and welfare plans. Ms. Tavares also has extensive regulatory experience in representing clients on compliance issues with the Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Prior to joining Venable, she spent five years as an attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, National Office, where she concentrated on qualified plan issues under examination and in litigation.

Ms. Tavares co-chairs Venable's Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, and chairs the Venable Success Network, an internal affinity group for African-American lawyers. In 2017, she was selected as a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, the most prestigious professional group in this area of law. Ms. Tavares is also a former chair of the Subcommittee on Self-Correction, Determination Letters and Other Administrative Practices of the ABA Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee, on behalf of which she interfaced directly with IRS and DOL officials on issues related to retirement plan administration, regulatory compliance, and government enforcement initiatives.

Stuart P. Ingis, chairman of Venable, said, "Lisa is an excellent lawyer who is well respected by her clients and colleagues. She has played an active role in a number of firm initiatives and has mentored and advised numerous associates and colleagues over the years."

Venable's industry-leading Business Division encompasses a broad range of fully integrated practices addressing every facet of business law, including bankruptcy and creditors' rights, real estate, corporate, labor and employment, employee benefits, wealth planning, and tax law. This division is trusted by Fortune 100 companies, international and regional entrepreneurs, family businesses, venture capitalists, nonprofits, individuals, and families to provide sophisticated advice on a variety of business matters. Its practices are consistently ranked among the best in the nation by Chambers USA, Legal 500, U.S. News Best Lawyers, and Forbes, which recently recognized Venable as one of "America's Top Corporate Law Firms."


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