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Marcia S. Wagner

Employment and labor Attorney at Boston, MA

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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 35 years
    Massachusetts - MA 36 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Marcia

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In 1996, I founded The Wagner Law Group, a nationally recognized ERISA, employee benefits, executive compensation and estate planning practice with 23 attorneys. I’m one of nine attorneys at The Wagner Law Group who are AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell as having very high to preeminent legal abilities and ethical standards. The firm is among the largest ERISA boutiques in the U.S., with clients in over 45 states and several foreign countries.

I have sustained lasting relationships with my clients for whom I provide the full range of legal services needed to establish and maintain their benefit and compensation plans and to fulfill their roles as employer, plan sponsor or plan fiduciary. Our clients vary in size from sole proprietors to publicly-traded multistate and multinational businesses with tens of thousands of employees, including both for-profit employers and nonprofit entities.

For three years, I provided advice and consultation to the IRS on pension matters through my service on the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities and served as chair in 2010. I’m also on the Legg Mason Retirement Advisory Council and the Advisory Board on Compensation Planning for Tax Management, Inc. 

I have written or contributed to over 175 articles and 14 books regarding ERISA and employee benefits. I was listed by 401k Wire as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the 401k Industry from 2008 to 2012. New England Super Lawyers Magazine included me on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers List from 2009 to 2012.

I earned my law degree from Harvard Law School in 1987 after graduating from Cornell University in 1984 summa cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and Government. I also studied Graduate-Level Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1983.

ERISA is complicated, and I’m just as passionate today about the law as I was when I started practicing law in 1987. If I can help you untangle ERISA’s maze of regulations, please contact me.

Specialties: The Firm's ERISA practice covers many different types of employee benefit plans, both qualified and non-qualified, and includes advice and client counseling in the following areas: 

Retirement Plans, 
Non-Qualified Plans and Executive Compensation, 
Plan Administration, 
Welfare Benefit Plans, 
Plan Testing, 
Plan Compliance, 
Income and Pension Excise Taxes, 
Other Plan Issues, 
ERISA Title I, 
Employment Taxes, 
Administrative Representation and
Estate Planning and Administration

Location

The Wagner Law Group PC
125 High St
Oliver Street Tower 5th Floor
Boston, MA, 02110

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Director
  • The Wagner Law Group, A Professional Corporation
  • 1996 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • The Wagner Law Group A Professional Corporation
  • 1900 - Present
  • Partner
  • K&L Gates
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Of Counsel
  • Powers & Hall
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Associate
  • Choate, Hall & Stewart
  • 1989 - 1993
  • Associate
  • Bingham, Dana & Gould
  • 1987 - 1989
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Harvard Law School
  • 1986 - 1987
  • Economics Teaching Fellow
  • Harvard College
  • 1985 - 1996
  • Economics Teaching Fellow
  • Harvard College
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Cornell University
  • 1983 - 1984
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Education

  • Harvard Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Cornell University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 1983
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • General Course Degree
  • N/A
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Associations

  • Legg Mason Retirement Advisory Council
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America
  • Editorial Advisory Committee
  • 2005 - Present
  • Commonwealth Institute
  • Million Dollar Circle Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Joseph M. Katz School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • Advisory Council for Foundation for Fiduciary Studies
  • 2004 - Present
  • Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report
  • Editorial Board
  • 1999 - Present
  • Compensation Planning for Tax Management, Inc.
  • Advisory Board
  • 1993 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Tax Section Council
  • 1992 - Present
  • IRS Key District Office, Brooklyn, NY
  • Pension Liaison Committee
  • 1992 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association
  • ERISA/Employee Benefits Law Committee
  • 1990 - Present
  • American Bar Association Tax Section
  • Employee Benefits Committee
  • 1990 - Present
  • Harvard Law School
  • 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th Reunion Committee
  • N/A
  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • Fellow
  • 2008 - 2008
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2008
  • IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2010
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Council of Arbitrators
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Pension Assistance Project of Gerontology Institute of UMass Boston
  • Advisory Board
  • 1993 - 1997
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 100 Most Influential People in The 401(k) Industry for 2014
  • 401(k) Wire
  • 2014
  • Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers
  • Legal Leaders Magazine
  • 2014
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers List
  • New England Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • New England’s Best Lawyer
  • New England’s Best Lawyer
  • 2014
  • New England’s Best Lawyers
  • New England’s Best Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers List
  • New England Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • 100 Most Influential People in The 401(k) Industry for 2013
  • 401(k) Wire
  • 2013
  • 100 Most Influential People in The 401(k) Industry for 2012
  • 401(k) Wire
  • 2012
  • Boston's Top Rated Lawyers
  • The Boston Globe
  • 2012
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers List
  • New England Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • 100 Most Influential People in The 401(k) Industry for 2011
  • 401(k) Wire
  • 2011
  • Who's Who of Attorneys in New England
  • Boston Business Journal
  • 2011
  • Top ERISA Attorney
  • Fiduciary News
  • 2011
  • Top Women of Law
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • 2011
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers List
  • New England Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Boston’s Best Lawyers
  • The Boston Globe and Boston.com
  • 2010
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in New England
  • New England Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers List
  • New England Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Commissioner’s Award
  • IRS Tax Exempt & Government Entities Division
  • 2010
  • 100 Most Influential People in The 401(k) Industry for 2010
  • 401(k) Wire
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Boston Employment and labor Lawyer Marcia S. Wagner
Marcia S. Wagner
Employment and labor Attorney
Boston, MA
Licensed for 36 years