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C. John Wentzell, Jr.


*Admitted only in SC

P 864-672-8090
F 864-235-1381


Johnny Wentzell is a Principal in the Greenville, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina, offices of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on employee benefits, ERISA, executive compensation, and taxation.

Mr. Wentzell represents clients with respect to all types of employer-sponsored employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements, such as 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, profit sharing plans, defined benefit pension plans, 457(b) and 457(f) plans for both tax exempt and governmental employers, equity compensation plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans subject to Internal Revenue Code Section 409A, health and welfare benefit plans, and ERISA severance plans. He also advises clients with respect to bonus and incentive compensation programs, fringe benefits, and tax and employee benefits aspects of employment, severance and change in control agreements.

Mr. Wentzell regularly assists clients in designing and drafting benefit plans, advises clients regarding the legal requirements for operating and administering plans, and prepares and submits filings to the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. He also represents clients in IRS and DOL audits.

Mr. Wentzell works directly with plan fiduciaries, frequently attending investment/retirement committee meetings, regarding their duties under ERISA and limitation of liability. He also advises clients with respect to employee benefits aspects of corporate transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs.

Mr. Wentzell represents a wide variety of organizations, including public and privately held companies across all industry sectors, state and local governmental organizations, and tax exempt organizations, such as large hospital systems. He also represents individuals with regard to executive compensation matters.

Honors and Recognition

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association (Tax Section)
  • South Carolina Bar Association (Tax Section)
  • South Carolina Bar Tax Law Council (2016-2018)
  • Greenville County Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Meals on Wheels of Greenville, Board of Directors (2017-present)

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August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

June 21, 2019
Upstate Business Journal

Johnny Wentzell Authors "U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bipartisan Retirement Reform Legislation"

June 21, 2019

Johnny Wentzell authors "U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bipartisan Retirement Reform Legislation," published by Upstate Business Journal. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

April 10, 2019
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Jackson Lewis Welcomes Employee Benefits Attorney Jean Y. Yu in Los Angeles

April 10, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 10, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Jean Y. Yu has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a Principal. Ms. Yu joins the firm from Venable LLP, where she focused on employee benefits, ERISA and corporate transactional matters. Ms. Yu is the... Read More

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The IRS Reopens the Determination Letter Program for Merged Plans and Cash Balance Plans
May 13, 2019

On May 1, 2019, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2019-20, which reopens the determination letter program in a limited manner for individually designed plans that are merged plans or statutory hybrid plans, such as cash balance plans. Read More