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John Vine is the senior member, and the former head, of our Employee Benefits Group.  His practice has concentrated on employee compensation and benefits for over 35 years.  His practice covers incentive compensation, deferred compensation, stock option, and fringe benefit programs, as well as pension, § 401(k), employee stock ownership and stock purchase plans, severance programs, and health and welfare plans.

  • Represented corporate clients in investigations and audits conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.
  • On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee, drafted written comments and testified at a hearing held by the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service regarding proposed regulations governing nonqualified deferred compensation under Internal Revenue Code § 409A.
  • Testified before the Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on investments by defined contribution plans in employer stock.
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2013-2020)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Employee Benefits (2007-2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Washington Employee Benefits (ERISA) Lawyer of the Year (2013)   
  • Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) (1987-2020)
  • Legal 500 US, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (2008)