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Harold J Ashner

Harold J Ashner

Practice areas:

Employee Benefits, Mergers & Acquisitions, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1976

  1. Employee Benefits: 90%
    3 years
  2. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 5%
    3 years
  3. Mergers & Acquisitions: 5%
    3 years

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Keightley & Ashner LLP

700 12th Street N West Suite 700
Washington, DC, 20005

One Metro Center
700 12th Street Nw
Washington, DC, 20005

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 198405/24/2015
NYCurrently registered 197603/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2011
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2010
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2009
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2008

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Asst. General Counsel (also Senior Counsel and Attorney)Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation1984 - 2005

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American College of Employee Benefits CounselAssistant Secretary2011 - Present
American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Committee, Bankruptcy SubcommitteeChair2011 - Present
American College of Employee Benefits CounselMember, Board of Governors2008 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee, Defined Benefit SubcommitteeCo-Chair2008 - Present
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Employee Benefits Committee, Corporate Plan Terminations and Benefit Insurance CommiteeCo-Chair2006 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Trust and Estate Division, Employee Benefits Group, Plan Transactions and Terminations CommitteeChair2006 - Present
American College of Employee Benefits CounselFellow2001 - Present
New York State BarMember1976 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
District of Columbia BarMemberN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
ASPPA asap (American Academy of Pension Professionals and Actuaries)PBGC Extends Interim Reporting Relief to 2012 Plan Years2012
ASPPA asap (American Academy of Pension Professionals and Actuaries)PBGC Provides Limited Relief Regarding Premium Penalties/Premium Elections2011
Aspen PublishersERISA Fiduciary Answer Book, Sixth Edition (contributing author)2010
Legal Alert, Employee Benefit News (SouceMedia)Start Preparing for Increased Reporting to PBGC (co-author)2010
Legal Alert, Employee Benefits News (SourceMedia)A Non-Bankruptcy Solution for Resolving Unaffordable Contributions2010
Pension & Benefits Reporter (BNA)Stealth Liability Lurks for Employers with Ongoing Pension Plans Who Downsize or Sell Businesses2010
Aspen PublishersERISA Fiduciary Answer Book, Fifth Edition, 2010 Supplement (contributing author)2009
Employee Benefits Committee, Section of Employment Law, ABA (BNA)Employee Benefits Law, Second Edition, 2009 Cumulative Supplement (rewrite author and chapter editor)2009
ASPPA asap, published by American Academy of Pension Professionals and ActuariesPBGC Issues PPA Guidance on Applying Minimum Lump Sum Changes in Standard Terminations2009
Journal of Pension Benefits (Aspen Publishers)Planning a Standard Termination -- A Checklist for Practitioners2009
ASPPA asap (American Academy of Pension Professionals and Actuaries)Small Plans with End-of-Year Valuation Dates: PBGC Premium Deadline Looms2009
ASPPA asap (American Academy of Pension Professionals and Actuaries)Small Plans with Missed Quarterlies: PBGC Drops Reporting Waiver2009
Journal of Pension Benefits (Aspen Publishers)When Pension Regulators Intervene in Your Corporate Transaction: United States Perspective2009
Aspen PublishersERISA Fiduciary Answer Book, Fifth Edition, 2009 Supplement (contributing author)2008
Employee Benefits Committee, Section of Employment Law, ABA (BNA)Employee Benefits Law, Second Edition, 2008 Cumulative Supplement (contributing author)2008
Pension & Benefits Reporter (BNA)PBGC Implements Flat-Rate Premium Increase, Termination Premium, and Small Employer VRP Cap2008
Pension & Benefits Reporter (BNA)Analysis of PBGC's Final Rule Implementing Variable-Rate Premium Changes2008
ASPPA asap (American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries)PBGC Implements Variable-Rate Premium Changes2008
Journal of Pension Benefits (Aspen Publishers)Beware of PBGC "Downsizing Liability"!2008
Journal of Pension Benefits (Aspen Publishers)Surprise -- You Just Missed a PBGC Reporting Deadline!2008
Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) publicationPBGC Issues Guidance on Premium Changes2007
Pension & Benefits Reporter (BNA)Analysis of PBGC's Proposed Variable-Rate Premium Changes2007
Aspen PublishersERISA Fiduciary Answer Book, Fifth Edition, 2008 Supplement (contributing author)2007
Aspen PublishersPBGC Reportable Events: Traps for the Unwary2007
Employee Benefits Committee, Section of Employment Law, ABA (BNA)Employee Benefits Law, Second Edition, 2007 Cumulative Supplement (contributing author)2007
ASPPA asap (American Society of Pension Professionals and ActuariesPBGC Issues PPA Transitional Guidance: Minimum Lump Sums and Standard Terminations2007
Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) publicationPBGC Issues Guidance on Premium Penalty Waivers: Practitioners Beware!2006
American Society of Pension Professionals and ActuariesPPA Lump Sum Amendments in Standard Terminations: Watch Out2006
Commerce Clearing House (CCH) publicationPension Protection Act of 2006: Law, Explanation, and Analysis2006
Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) publicationPBGC’s Final Rule on Liability for Facility Shutdowns Affects Downsizing Employers2006
American Society of Pension Professionals and ActuariesPBGC Adopts New Liability Formula for Facility Shutdowns2006
Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) publicationPBGC Issues Final Rule Mandating E-Filing of Premium Information2006
Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) publicationDealing with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation2006
Aspen PublishersERISA Fiduciary Answer Book, Fifth Edition, 2007 Supplement (contributing author)2006
ASPPA asap (American Society of Pension Professionals and ActuariesFlat-Rate PBGC Premiums Increase2006
Employee Benefits Committee, Section of Employment Law, ABA (BNA)Employee Benefits Law, Second Edition, 2006 Cumulative Supplement (contributing author)2006
UnknownCounterparty Risk in Credit-Based Transactions with PBGC-Insured Defined Benefit Plans (co-author)2006
American Society of Pension Professionals and ActuariesPBGC Termination Liability: Update to Mortality Assumptions Will Increase Interest Factors2005
Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) publicationPBGC Updates its “Termination Liability” Mortality Assumptions2005
American Society of Pension Professionals and ActuariesPBGC–Past, Present, Future2005
Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) publicationPBGC Regulatory Actions: Facility Shutdown Liability, Mandatory E-Filing, and Mortality Assumptions2005
American Society of Pension Professionals and ActuariesPBGC Mortality Update Would Increase Interest Factors2005
ASPPA asap (American Society of Pension Professionals and ActuariesPBGC Proposes to Require E-Filing of Section 4010 Employer Reports2005
Pension & Benefits Reporter (BNA)PBGC Proposes Alternative Liability Calculation for Facility Shutdowns2005
Pension & Benefits Reporter (BNA)PBGC Moves Toward Mandatory e-Filing with New Regulations2005
ASPPA asap (American Society of Pension Professionals and ActuariesPBGC Rules Target Mandatory E-Filing2005
Pension & Benefits Reporter (BNA)PBGC Proposes to Update its Mortality Assumptions2005
Aspen PublishersERISA Fiduciary Answer Book, Fifth Edition (contributing author)2005
Dewey Publications (CD-ROM Training Module, co-author)Drafting Disciplinary Charges2004
The Federal Manager (Federal Managers Association)Tips for Management Witnesses2003
Dewey PublicationsWinning at the Merit Systems Protection Board: A Step-By-Step Handbook for Federal Agency Supervisors, Managers, Lawyers, and Personnel Officials2002
Pension & Benefits Week (Research Institute of America)Standard Terminations: A Practical Guide to the New Rules1998
PA Times (American Society for Public Administration)Discipline and Performance Cases: Winning on Appeal1998
Dewey PublicationsRepresenting the Agency Before the Merit Systems Protection Board: A Handbook on MSPB Practice and Procedure1997
Pension & Benefits Week (Research Institute of America)Standard Terminations: Dealing with Missing Participants1997
U.S. Office of Personnel ManagementRepresenting the Agency Before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board: A Handbook on MSPB Practice and Procedure (co-author)1984
Federal Merit Systems Reporter (Labor Relations Press)Discovery in MSPB Appeals (c0-author)1984
Federal Merit Systems Reporter (Labor Relations Press)Merit Systems Protection Board Appeals Arbitration: A Practice Guide1983

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York, AlbanyN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Advanced Actuarial ConferenceDealing with PBGC Reporting and Plan Termination Issues2007
Enrolled Actuaries MeetingImplementing a Plan Termination: Standard, Distress, and Involuntary Terminations2007
Practicing Law InstituteDealing with Pension Plans of Bankrupt Plan Sponsors2006
2006 MAY MEETINGUnderstanding the PBGC’s Role in Corporate Transactions2006
Enrolled Actuaries MeetingPBGC Premiums – Practical Pointers and E-Filing Demo2006
Enrolled Actuaries MeetingPBGC Update2006
ALI-ABAUpdate on PBGC Legislative and Regulatory Activity2006
2006 Midyear MeetingThe Care and Handling of Defined Benefit Plans of Financially Distressed Companies2006
Education SeminarThe PBGC in Distress: Legislative Reform and the Effects of Recent Bankruptcies2005
2005 ASPPA Annual conferenceDealing with the PBGC2005
Education SeminarThe PBGC in Distress: Legislative Reform and the Effects of Recent Bankruptcies2005
Education SeminarThe PBGC in Distress: Legislative Reform and the Effects of Recent Bankruptcies2005
UnknownUpdate on Recent PBGC Regulatory Activity2005
Center For Tax and Employee Benefits Alumni MeetingIs There a Pension in Your Future?2005
Web Luncheon MeetingDealing with the PBGC in a Changing Legal and Economic Environment2005
Web Breakfast MeetingPension Plan Funding and the PBGC2005
SFLERP Annual SymposiumAdverse Actions–Strategies and Pitfalls2005
Luncheon MeetingThe Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Past, Present, Future2005
Enrolled Actuaries MeetingPBGC Update2005
New York Employee Benefits Group MeetingPBGC Update2004