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Edward J. Adkins

Edward J. Adkins

Ed Adkins advises employers with respect to all facets of employee benefits and executive compensation. His experience covers tax-qualified pension, profit-sharing, ESOPs and stock bonus plans; tax-sheltered annuities; group insurance and other welfare benefit plans; and non-qualified executive compensation arrangements, including stock options, restrictive stock and supplemental executive retirement plans. Ed's clients range from large multi-national corporations with thousands of employees to small professional practices in all industries, as well as major hospitals, tax-exempt organizations and several local governments.

Among other achievements, Ed has successfully represented several employers before the Internal Revenue Service and obtained the re-qualification of their retirement plans through the IRS Voluntary Compliance Resolution Program, including the correction of allocation errors in a manufacturing company's 401(k) plan covering more than 10,000 participants. He also assisted an international manufacturing company with the consolidation of 19 different 401(k) plans maintained by the company's U.S. subsidiaries into one uniform 401(k) plan. He also prepared the plan documents for, and an analysis of the golden parachute excise tax application to, a supplemental executive retirement plan for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company.

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Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association: Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section

  • District of Columbia Bar Association

  • ERISA: Trained mediator for employee benefits and executive compensation matters

  • Maryland State Bar Association


  • Best Lawyers in America®: "Lawyer of the Year," Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Baltimore (2016)

  • Best Lawyers in America®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (2006-2019)

  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business: Listed in the area of Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2005-2018) (achieving the highest "first band" ranking)

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent® Rated

  • Maryland Super Lawyers®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Employee Benefits/ERISA (2007-2015, 2016-2019)

  • Super Lawyers® - Corporate Counsel Edition: Listed in the area of Employee Benefits (November 2009 and December 2008)

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