Brian P. Goldstein is a Shareholder in the National Law Firm of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice concentrates in the areas of executive compensation, employee benefits, pension and profit sharing and ERISA fiduciary counseling. Mr. Goldstein has been involved in the design and implementation of all types of pension, profit sharing, 401(k), employee stock ownership, stock-based compensation, nonqualified deferred compensation and tax-sheltered annuity plans, as well as various medical, vacation, severance, cafeteria, post-retirement and other "health-and-welfare" and fringe benefit plans. Mr. Goldstein regularly represents clients before the IRS in connection with resolving defects with their qualified plans, and in audits before the IRS, the U.S. Department of Labor and the PBGC.
In the securities area, Mr. Goldstein has been involved in a number of registered offerings and private placements. He also has represented a number of registered investment advisors, broker/dealers and salespersons in a variety of capacities. Mr. Goldstein has limited his practice in the securities area to the ERISA and executive compensation side of securities matters. Mr. Goldstein regularly assists corporate counsel in establishing devices which may have anti-takeover effects.
Mr. Goldstein's client base varies widely, and includes large public companies, institutional plan fiduciaries, professional practices and small businesses. Mr. Goldstein serves as counsel to a number of bank trust departments across the nation, advising them on their ERISA fiduciary responsibilities and on qualified and nonqualified plan issues (including document preparation and operational issues). Mr. Goldstein has been active in many transactions throughout the nation involving conversions of savings banks from mutual to stock form, and the offering of their stock to the public. Mr. Goldstein is a frequent author and lecturer on the laws applicable qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and on ERISA fiduciary responsibilities.
Mr. Goldstein earned his law degree from Albany Law School of Union University, and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany.
His professional memberships include the New York State Employee Benefits Conference (former Member of the Board of Directors, State and Local Level), the New York State Bar Association (Tax Section, Member of Committee on Employee Benefits for the Labor and Employment Law Section and former Chair of the Elder Law Retirement Planning Subcommittee) and the American Bar Association (Tax and Employment and Labor Law Sections), and have included the American Society of Pension Actuaries (former Member of the Enforcement Subcommittee of the Government Affairs Committee), the ESOP Association and National Center for Employee Ownership. He is admitted to practice law in both New York and Massachusetts.
Mr. Goldstein was also one of the co-founders of U.S. Benefits, Inc., which was a benefit plan consulting and administration firm, whose business was recently sold by Mr. Goldstein.