Barry K. Downey
Barry’s practice deals with all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation law. He has extensive experience in designing, drafting and providing advice concerning all types of employee benefit and executive compensation programs, including tax-qualified defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans and non-tax-qualified deferred compensation plans and all types of welfare benefit programs. Barry has considerable experience in negotiations with the IRS and DOL on behalf of clients undergoing audits by and inquiries from these agencies. Barry has considerable experience in the representation of government entity, church and church related clients in connection with all aspects of their ERISA-exempt tax-qualified and non-tax-qualified retirement programs and welfare benefit programs. Barry also has particular experience and expertise in the area of advising clients regarding the technical compliance of all types of employee benefit and executive compensation programs, and in the representation of employee benefit plan service providers (e.g., consulting firms, financial institutions and investment advisers) in connection with their services to their clients and with the development and implementation of prototype retirement plan products. Barry is a frequent speaker and panelist at educational programs in the employee benefits and executive compensation areas.
University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., with Honors); University of Maryland (B.S., cum laude). Member: Maryland and District of Columbia Bars; National Association of Public Pension Attorneys; ABA Section of Taxation, Employee Benefits Committee; former Chair, Maryland State Bar Association Tax Section Committee on Employee Benefits. Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Co-Author of Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Answer Book and Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Answer Book Forms and Checklists.