Douglas W. Dahl II
As chair of the firm’s Employee Benefits Practice Group, Doug Dahl provides technical knowledge and practical advice to companies on a wide range of matters involving employee benefits and executive compensation arrangements, including qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and equity incentive plans. Doug regularly advises companies on employee benefit issues that arise in connection with various corporate transactions and events, such as mergers, acquisitions, and dissolutions. He currently represents companies in various interactions with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), including correction programs and plan terminations.
Doug has been involved in employee benefit issues at a national level, previously working at a large, international law firm and as an attorney with the IRS, Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C. Doug’s practice involves:
- Regularly assisting both private and public companies with the creation, administration and compliance of qualified retirement plans.
- Providing assistance with qualified plan conversions, terminations and corrections.
- Preparing various types of equity and non-equity deferred compensation plans and offering advice with respect to initial adoption and ongoing compliance.
- Preparing health and welfare plan documents and negotiating related contracts.
- Providing advice to ESOP trustees and sponsors regarding transactions involving company stock, as well as ongoing ESOP administration.
Doug was a member of the brief-writing teams for amicus briefs filed before the U.S. Supreme Court in two landmark cases involving employee benefits: National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Health Care reform case), and M&G Polymers USA, LLC, et al. v. Tackett et al. (Case involving retiree medical coverage).
Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Doug was an associate with Proskauer Rose LLP in the Washington, D.C. office. From 2009-2011, Doug was an attorney with the IRS, Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C.
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