Cades Schutte LLP
Ellen N. Kawashima is the chair of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Department of Cades Schutte. Her practice areas include qualified retirement plans, employee benefits, deferred compensation arrangements, executive compensation and corporate law.
Ms. Kawashima received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics-Applied Science in Physics from the University of California at Los Angeles, and her Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She was a member of the American Inns of Court and a law fellow in Legal Research and Writing during law school.
Ms. Kawashima is a member of the Business Law and Tax Law Sections of both the American Bar Association and the Hawaii State Bar Association. She also previously served as the Treasurer of the Tax Law Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association. Ms. Kawashima was selected by her peers to be included in Best Lawyers in America since 2010 and was named Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law – Honolulu by Best Lawyers in American for 2014. She has also been named by Chambers & Partners USA: as one of America’s leading lawyers for Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation. She has also lectured in Hawaii on both pension and welfare benefits.
-Designing, drafting and implementing plans
-Obtaining rulings and determination letters on plan qualification and other issues from the IRS, DOL and PBGC
-Plan administration, compliance and fiduciary issues
-Correcting various plan errors, including correction under IRS and DOL correction programs
-Advising on plan issues in the context of mergers and acquisitions
-Representation in plan audits and other IRS or DOL investigations
-Types of qualified retirement plans include: 401(k), profit sharing, defined benefit, cash balance, money purchase pension, 403(b), 457, and ESOPs