JD, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Fred Reish is an ERISA attorney whose practice focuses on fiduciary responsibility, retirement income, and plan operational issues. He has been recognized as one of the “Legends” of the retirement industry by both PLANADVISER magazine and PLANSPONSOR magazine. Fred serves as a member of his firm’s Retirement Income Team and is a member of the Institutional Retirement Income Council (IRIC), which focuses on retirement income issues and products, and he has written extensively about retirement income issues. Fred also received awards for: the 401(k) Industry’s Most Influential Person by 401kWire; one of RIABiz’s 10 most influential individuals in the 401(k) industry affecting RIAs for 2012; the commissioner’s Award and the District Director’s Award by the IRS; the Eidson Founder’s Award by the American Society of Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA); the Institutional Investor and the PLANSPONSOR magazine Lifetime Achievement Awards; and the ASPPA/Morningstar 401(k) Leadership Award. He has written more than 350 articles and four books about retirement plans, including a monthly column on 401(k) fiduciary issues for PLANSPONSOR magazine. Fred co-chaired the IRS Los Angeles Benefits Conference for more than 10 years, served as a founding Co-Chair of the ASPPA 401(k) Summit, and has served on the Steering Committee for the DOL National Conference.
Recent Insights From Fred
March 16, 2021
The new rule expanded the interpretation of when an investment professional is a fiduciary and includes an exemption from compensation that is prohibited under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.
March 01, 2021
The merger or acquisition (M&A) of one company by another raises significant issues for their 401(k) plan. A knowledgeable financial professional can provide valuable assistance to the plan sponsors and fiduciaries in that process.
February 22, 2021
When the plan sponsor’s 401(k) recordkeeper is sold, the plan’s fiduciaries have a duty to evaluate the impact this change may have on the plan and its participants.