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Jackson Lewis Strengthens Employee Benefits Practice with Addition of David M. Sawyer

MIAMI, FL (May 10, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce David M. Sawyer has joined the firm’s Miami office as a Principal. Mr. Sawyer, who has almost 20 years of experience advising clients on all facets of employee benefits tax matters, joins Jackson Lewis from Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

"We are thrilled to welcome David to the firm," said Joy M. Napier-Joyce, Leader of the firm’s Employee Benefits Practice Group. “His extensive benefits background strengthens the capabilities of our growing Employee Benefits practice in the Southeast region. Our group also recently welcomed San Francisco Principal Yana S. Johnson, a decision that aligned with Jackson Lewis’ commitment to providing our clients with best-in-class legal representation across the country.”

Mr. Sawyer focuses his practice on a broad range of benefits matters, including qualified retirement plans, supplemental deferred compensation plans, health and welfare plans, equity-based compensation plans, executive compensation issues, and other benefits related matters arising out of employment and corporate restructuring transactions. He has significant experience working with Taft-Hartley plans, including involvement with the development of funding improvement and rehabilitation plans, negotiating investment contracts, including side letters, with hedge funds, private equity funds, and REITs and advising trustees on their fiduciary obligations.

Mr. Sawyer also has considerable experience advising clients on ERISA fiduciary responsibilities, assisting clients during governmental audits and examinations, including participation in various voluntary compliance programs and regularly assisting in coverage-related analyses under fiduciary liability insurance policies.

“I am excited to join Jackson Lewis, a firm whose reputation as a workplace powerhouse I have long been acquainted with," said Mr. Sawyer. “I look forward to working with this team of talented attorneys and the firm’s extensive client roster to build upon the solid foundation that exists in Miami and the surrounding area.”

Mr. Sawyer received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School and his B.A. from George Washington University.

Jackson Lewis’ Miami office can be reached at (305) 577-7600.


About Jackson Lewis
Jackson Lewis P.C. is a law firm with more than 850 attorneys in major cities nationwide serving clients across a wide range of practices and industries. Having built its reputation on providing premier workplace law representation to management, the firm has grown to include leading practices in the areas of government relations, healthcare and sports law. The firm’s commitment to client service, depth of expertise and innovation draws clients to Jackson Lewis for excellent value-driven legal advice.
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Joy M. Napier-Joyce

Joy M. Napier-Joyce