Marc H. Rifkind
Marc H. Rifkind provides day-to-day counseling on pension, health and welfare, and training and funds, as well as scholarship funds and foundations. He also litigates on behalf of ERISA plans and their trustees. He believes that litigating improves his counseling and vice versa. Litigating helps him fashion advice that will stand up to judicial scrutiny, and his ERISA and tax experience gives him a tremendous advantage in court.
Mr. Rifkind’s day-to-day activities include assisting in formulating and implementing trustee strategies and plan-design goals, compliance with ERISA and the Code, and representing plans in IRS audits and DOL examinations (including corrections of any defects). His litigation experience includes representing both plaintiffs and defendants in fiduciary breach cases, defending benefit-claim cases, and pursuing withdrawal-liability and delinquency-collection claims. Many of these cases have resulted in precedent-setting decisions. Mr. Rifkind also serves as the Advising Attorney to the Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s Workers’ Rights Clinic and litigates a number of cases in conjunction with the Committee.
He provides advice related to employee benefits issues to a number of international unions in the building trades and transportation industries and he also advises the employee benefit funds that they sponsor in addition to various multiemployer funds in those industries.
Mr. Rifkind is a frequent speaker on employee benefit matters.
Mr. Rifkind graduated summa cum laude with highest honors from Boston University in 1984 and graduated from University of Michigan Law School in 1987. He has practiced with Slevin & Hart since it was founded in 1991, and prior to that, practiced with Thomas Hart and Associates, one of the firm’s predecessors.
He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. He also is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeals for the First, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Tenth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits, as well as a number of United States District Courts.
District of Columbia
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1987
Boston University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1984