Andrew L. Oringer

Andrew Oringer Dechert executive compensation lawyer New York

Andrew L. Oringer


New York | Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States of America 10036-6797
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Andrew L. Oringer is co-chair of Dechert’s ERISA and Executive Compensation group, and leads the firm’s national fiduciary practice in New York. He counsels clients on their employee benefit plans and programs, benefits-related tax matters and fiduciary issues arising in connection with the investment of employee benefit plan assets.

Mr. Oringer’s practice includes advising clients regarding ERISA and employee benefits generally, including 401(k) and other retirement plans as well as medical and other welfare plans. His advice to clients encompasses all aspects of corporate transactions and initial public offerings in which benefits and compensation issues play a central part. He regularly counsels financial institutions and plan fiduciaries regarding investments, and has been instrumental in designing complex investment structures to address difficult ERISA issues.

Mr. Oringer contributes to the Dechert Aggregator for Benefits & Compensation Developments, a tool that notifies subscribers of changes to laws and regulations affecting employee benefits and executive compensation. Mr. Oringer also contributes to Dechert's Financial Regulation Reform Tracker, a tool that alerts subscribers to changes in U.S. financial regulation.

Mr. Oringer advises clients with respect to the design and implementation of arrangements relating to executive compensation, including stock option and other equity-based arrangements. His practice extends to the representation of employers and executives in the negotiation of executive employment and termination agreements.

Nationally known for his experience with ERISA and matters relating to executive compensation, Mr. Oringer is a frequent speaker and writer on a wide variety of topics. His written work includes the chapter on Releases in the Section 409A Handbook, and the chapter on Investment Funds and ERISA in ERISA Fiduciary Law. Publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, Crain’s Pensions & Investments, Newsday, USA Today and The Chicago Sun Times have quoted him in articles on employee benefits issues. He has authored, co-authored or contributed to numerous bar comment letters and reports to regulators on both fiduciary and compensation issues, and has testified at the request of Congress regarding certain proposed Department of Labor regulations.

Mr. Oringer holds leadership roles for the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association and is on the advisory boards for a number of leading publications covering ERISA and executive compensation. He also teaches ERISA as an adjunct professor and in other educational settings.

Several major legal directories have recognized Mr. Oringer as a leading lawyer, including Chambers USA (2005-2018), The Legal 500 (2014-2018), The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2017), New York Super Lawyers (2006-2017, including repeated listings among New York City’s Top 100 lawyers across all practice areas) and the Practical Law Company’s Labour and Employee Benefits Cross-Border Handbook (2007, 2010-2012).

  • Duke University, A.B., 1980, cum laude with Distinction in Economics
  • Adelphi University, M.B.A., 1984
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 1984, with Distinction, Associate Editor of the Hofstra Law Review
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • New York State Bar Association: Committee on Attorney Professionalism, Chair
  • American Bar Association: Employee Benefits Committee of the Section of Taxation, Emerging Issues Coordinator (and previously Chair of the Fiduciary Responsibility/Plan Investments Sub-Committee of the Employee Benefits Committee)
  • New York State Bar Association: Employee Benefits Committee of the Tax Section, Former Co-chair and Executive Committee, Member (2006-2012)
  • BNA Bloomberg Pension & Benefits Reporter, Advisory Board Member
  • BNA Bloomberg Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal, Advisory Board Member
  • Practical Law Company’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Advisory Board, Charter Member
  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Fellow
  • Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University: Adjunct Professor of Law; Executive Board of the Alumni Association, Vice President (2017-present); Career Services Alumni Committee, Co-Chair (2015-2017); Nominating
  • Committee of the Alumni Association, Member
  • Regulatory Compliance Organization, Senior Fellow from Practice
  • Member of Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers Advisory Board 
Speaking Engagements
  • Ethical Considerations: From the C-Suite to the Boardroom — The 32nd Annual National Institute on Executive Compensation, Washington, DC (November 8-9, 2018)
  • 2018 Philadelphia Fall Labor and Employment Seminar — Philadelphia, PA (October 24, 2018) 
  • Professional Ethics For Legal and Compliance Summit — New York, NY (September 18, 2018) 
  • Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2018 — New York, NY (October 17, 2018) 

Andrew Oringer speaks on: Dealing with Restricted Stock, Stock Options, and Executive Compensation in Corporate M&A Transactions.

For more information, visit the conference website

  • ERISA's Fiduciary Rule Is Dead - Done, Done, on to the Next One — (August 29, 2018)  
  • Hedge Funds Nuts and Bolts: ERISA's Once and Former Fiduciary Rule - Dead Yey (Finally) — (August 8, 2018) 
  • ERISA 2018: The Evolving World — PLI New York Center, New York, NY (August 6, 2018) 
  • The New SEC Proposed Best Interest Rule and DOL Fiduciary Rule Update: What Plan Advisers and Employers Need to Know — (May 31, 2018)
  • RCA's Enforcement, Compliance & Operations (ECO) Symposium — New York, NY (May 15, 2018) 
  • PLI's Pension Plan Investments 2018: Current Perspectives — New York, NY (May 15, 2018)
  • Planning With Your Client's Retirement and Life Insurance — (April 27, 2018)
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Committee Meeting — ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting 2017, Chicago, IL (September 14, 2017)
  • ERISA 2017: The Evolving World — Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (August 1, 2017)
  • Hot Topics Involving Retirement Plans and ERISA — IRI Government, Legal & Regulatory Conference 2017, Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2017)
  • Washington Update: A 60-Day Reality Check — Money Management Institute, Palm Beach, FL (March 21, 2017)

Andrew Oringer joins a panel at MMI's 2017 Sales and Marketing Leadership Summit discussing the extent of the “new reality” under the Trump administration.

  • “Carrying On” About Carried Interest Plans? Partnership Equity Based Compensation — Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (March 13, 2017)
  • Separations, Severances and Executive Departures: Responding to Requests, ERISA Applicability, Golden Parachutes and Company Communication — ACI's Forum on Minimizing Legal Risks in the Design, Implementation & Administration of Executive Compensation, New York, NY (December 1, 2016)
  • Educating Plan Participants on New Products and Menu Options — Pensions & Investments' Alternatives in DC Conference, New York, NY (May 12, 2016)
  • Pension Plan Investments 2016: Current Perspectives — Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (March 30, 2016)

Andrew Oringer speaks at the Practising Law Institute program, "Pension Plan Investments 2016: Current Perspectives."

  • DOL Seeks Ideal Balance in Brave New World of “Investment Advice” — Louisville Employee Benefits Council's 2016 March Monthly Luncheon, Louisville, KY (March 8, 2016)

Andrew Oringer presents this program titled, "DOL Seeks Ideal Balance in Brave New World of 'Investment Advice." 

  • Plan Assets Abroad — PLI's ERISA Plans in the Financial Markets 2016, New York, NY (February 3, 2016)

Andrew Oringer participates in the panel, "Plan Assets Abroad." The panel discusses: Exemption issues; Indicia of ownership; and Foreign exchange. 

  • Executive Compensation National Institute: Section 280G Update — American Bar Association, Washington, D.C. (November 17, 2015)
  • Compliance, Risk & Enforcement Symposium – New York 2015™ — Presented by the Regulatory Compliance Association, New York (November 3, 2015)
  • ERISA 2015: The Evolving World — Practising Law Institute, New York (August 4, 2015)
  • Taking Care with the DOL's Re-Proposed Fiduciary Regulations — Bloomberg BNA Live Conference Series: “What You Need to Know About ERISA – A Comprehensive Overview” (July 21, 2015)
  • Fifth Annual Law Firm Pension and Retirement Plans — PwC, New York, NY (July 16, 2015)
  • DOL Fiduciary Rule –The Road Ahead — Strategic Insight Fund Trends Conference, New York, NY (June 23, 2015)
  • How Did We Get Here? — SIFMA's DOL Fudiciary Seminar, New York, NY (June 3, 2015)
  • Employee Benefits Fiduciary Responsibilities Update — Section of Taxation of the ABA's 2015 May Meeting, Washington, D.C. (May 8, 2015)
  • Employee Benefits Mergers & Acquisitions Update — Section of Taxation of the ABA's 2015 May Meeting, Washington, D.C. (May 8, 2015)
  • The Compensation Landscape - Entity and Individual Compensation Considerations — Deloitte's 2015 Financial Services Global Tax Planning Conference, New York, NY (April 21, 2015)
  • Employee Benefits in Mergers & Acquisitions — American Bar Association - JCEB Program, New York, NY (June 5, 2014)
  • ERISA Fiduciary Litigation: New and Emerging Theories of Liability, Effective Defense Strategies, Minimizing Exposure to Fiduciary Liability, and More — American Conference Institute's 6th National Forum on ERISA Litigation, New York, NY (October 24, 2013)
  • Incorporating the Latest IRS/Treasury, DOL, and PBGC Developments into Your Plan Design, Implementation, and Administration —ACI's 2nd National Advanced Compliance and Benchmarking Forum on Employee Benefit Plans, New York, NY (May 30, 2013)
  • Employment & Severance Agreements: What Both Employment & ERISA Attorneys Need To Know — New York City Bar Association, New York, NY (April 3, 2013)
  • Employee Benefits Litigation Update — Section of Taxation 2013 Midyear Meeting, Orlando, FL (January 25, 2013)
  • Employee Benefits Fiduciary Responsibilities Update — Section of Taxation 2013 Midyear Meeting, Orlando, FL (January 25, 2013)
  • Class Action Update: Managing and Defending Against ERISA Class Actions and Defeating Certification — American Conference Institute's 5th National Forum on ERISA Litigation, New York, NY (January 21, 2013)
  • ERISA: The Evolving World 2012 — Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (August 5, 2012)