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Randy Cook is a partner and the practice group leader in the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group. His practice is limited to legal matters related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), including qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and executive compensation.

Randy counsels employers, executives and financial institutions in all aspects of establishing and maintaining qualified and nonqualified retirement plans. He has extensive experience in designing 401(k) plans, profit sharing plans, employee stock ownership plans, cash balance plans and traditional defined benefit plans. For more than 20 years Randy has been advising fiduciaries and financial advisors on the intricacies of complying with ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. He regularly defends employers against claims by participants and serves as legal counsel during IRS and Department of Labor audits. In the realm of executive compensation, Randy has counseled large companies throughout the Northwest on designing competitive and tax-efficient compensation packages, and has also served as a trusted advisor to key executives who are hired by some of Oregon’s most successful businesses.

Randy is a frequent speaker on employee benefit and executive compensation topics throughout the United States. He is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbel® and is listed in Best Lawyers In America® (Employee Benefits).


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 100%

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    Randall is an expert in 401(k) and executive compensation matters. He gives sound advice to his clients and is considered a leader in his field.


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Contact info

Saalfeld Griggs PC

250 Church St SE Ste 300
PO Box 470
Salem, OR, 97308-0470


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Employee Benefits Attorney / ShareholderSaalfeld Griggs, PC1989 - Present
Judicial ClerkOregon Court Of Appeals1988 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon State BarMember1988 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Business Law SectionMemberN/A
Oregon State Bar, Taxation SectionMemberN/A
Western Benefits ConferenceMemberN/A
American Society of Pension Professionals and ActuariesAssociated Professional MemberN/A
Marion County BarMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Institute of Pension Administrators Annual ConferenceAdvanced Plan Design Techniques for Defined Contribution Plans2013