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Bruce H. Schwartz

New York Metro
White Plains

P 914-872-6905
F 914-946-1216


Bruce Schwartz is a Principal in the White Plains, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of employee benefits and compensation counseling and is one the founders of the Firm’s Benefits Practice Group.

Mr. Schwartz’s practice encompasses virtually all areas of employee benefits law and federal tax law matters relating to benefits and compensation, including the following:

  • design, implementation and operation of tax-qualified retirement plans including 401(k), profit-sharing, stock bonus, defined benefit and 403(b) plans;
  • design, implementation and operation of supplemental executive retirement plans and other nonqualified deferred compensation plans, including compliance with Section 409A and Section 457;
  • analysis and implementation of severance and executive compensation plans;
  • compliance with tax law requirements applying to other employee benefit plans and compensation, including compliance with Section 125 cafeteria plan and Section 132 fringe benefit requirements;
  • advice with respect to federal tax and benefit rules applicable to contingent workers, including employee leasing and independent contractor issues; establishment, administration and operation of health and other welfare plans;
  • benefits oriented aspects of certain corporate transactions, such as reductions-in-force, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and other transactions;
  • continuing legal compliance of employee benefit plans, including day-to-day legal advice concerning the plan's operation and administration, and trouble-shooting with respect to errors in the operation of employee benefit plans;
  • working with plan sponsors regarding the set up of administrative and other arrangements with third-party administrators, claims administrators and other vendors;
  • advise concerning tax treatment of settlement and/or law suit compensation;
  • audits and other matters before the federal administrative agencies charged with enforcement of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, including the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Department of Labor; and
  • advice regarding employee benefits and benefit-related employment discrimination litigation.

He has represented a full range of clients from small, closely-held businesses to large national and multinational entities companies in a broad range of industries. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis in 1989, Mr. Schwartz was a member of the tax/employee benefits groups at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler (1986-1989) and Olwine, Connelly, Chase, O’Donnell & Weyher (1984-1986).

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association

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June 5, 2018
Bloomberg Business

Bruce Schwartz Comments on President Trump's Tax Plan and its Impact on Sexual Harassment Settlements

June 5, 2018

Bruce Schwartz comments on President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul its impact on settlements from claims of sexual harassment, pay bias, and non-disclosure agreements in "Sexual Harassment Victims Could Lose Under Tax Law Meant to Help," published by Bloomberg. Subscription may be required to view article  Read More


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Court Rules that One-Time Voluntary Separation Program is Not an ERISA Plan
October 11, 2018

Whether a one-time voluntary separation program should be treated as an ERISA-covered severance plan depends on whether the program requires an “ongoing administrative scheme” – a requirement first established by the Supreme Court in Fort Halifax Packing Co. v. Coyne, 482 U.S. 1 (1987). Read More

2018 Tax Reform Series: Change to Employer Deduction Rules
January 15, 2018

This is the sixth article in our series covering the various tax and employee benefits-related changes contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by the President on December 22, 2017. Read More

2018 Tax Reform Series: Tax Law Changes to Employee Fringe Benefits
January 3, 2018

Below is the second article in our series covering the employee benefits-related changes contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by the President on December 22, 2017. As discussed below, the Act makes several changes to the taxability and deductibility of employee fringe benefits beginning January 1, 2018. Read More