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C. John Wentzell, Jr.

Principal
Greenville

P 864-672-8090
F 864-235-1381
John.Wentzell@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Johnny Wentzell is a Principal in the Greenville, South Carolina, office 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 2019

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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April 10, 2019
Jackson Lewis

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

March 4, 2019
Law 360

C. John Wentzell Jr. Discusses Joining Jackson Lewis' Employee Benefits Practice

March 4, 2019

C. John Wentzell Jr. discusses joining the firm's Greenville office as a member of the Employee Benefits Practice Group in "Jackson Lewis Nabs Benefits Pro From Ogletree," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

February 27, 2019
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Continues to Strengthen Employee Benefits Practice with Addition of C. John Wentzell, Jr.

February 27, 2019

GREENVILLE, SC (February 27, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce C. John Wentzell, Jr. has joined the firm’s expanding Employee Benefits practice as a Principal in the Greenville office. Mr. Wentzell joins the firm from Ogletree Deakins where he focused his practice on... Read More

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