Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland


  • J.D., with honors, University of Maryland School of Law, 1997
    Order of the Coif
  • Ner Israel Rabbinical College, 1994


  • American Bar Association

    Retirement Income Task Force of the American Benefits Council

    MSBA Study Group for Employee Benefits
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Harry I. Atlas


Harry Atlas is a member of the firm's Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group, and handles a broad range of employee benefit and executive compensation matters. His practice includes the implementation, operation and termination of all types of retirement plans, including qualified plans, 403(b) plans and 457 plans. In the executive compensation area, Harry's practice encompasses nonqualified retirement plans, equity compensation arrangements, and golden parachute issues. Harry also assists clients with ERISA matters in connection with merger and acquisition transactions, and with PBGC negotiations in the context of potential or actual bankruptcy situations. He also has experience with COBRA and HIPAA.

Harry is keenly aware of the cost pressures and financial realities facing organizations with respect to their employee benefit and executive compensation budgets. He helps clients find practical, cost-effective solutions to the complex compliance challenges arising in his practice area.

Significant Matters

  • Represent and assist a financial services company with a range of executive compensation matters in connection with an IPO
  • Represent and assist a major mining company with a range of employee benefit matters in connection with emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings
  • Represent and assist many non-profit educational institutions and trade associations with negotiation and drafting of chief executive employment and deferred compensation agreements
  • Advise plan sponsors and benefit plan committees on fiduciary obligations for 401(k), 403(b) and other plans
  • Advise financial services companies on the use of proprietary investment funds in their 401(k) plans
  • Represent for-profit and nonprofit plan sponsors in IRS, DOL and PBGC audits
  • Advise and represent plan sponsors on self-correction, and on IRS Voluntary Correction Program, DOL Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance program, and DOL Voluntary Fiduciary Correction program applications
  • Represent and assist plan sponsors of all types with M&A matters, including pre-closing due diligence, reps and covenants, and post-closing benefit plan integration