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ERISA Attorney (Retirement industry/401K)

Location:Dresher, PA
Level:Full Time
Category: Client Operations


Position Purpose:   


Primary responsibilities include providing consulting services to Ascensus clients through Ascensus’ technical access service, providing in-house consulting, conducting seminars, technical research, analysis and special projects as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

Course Development

Design, write, and update internal or external training modules on ancillary laws

Fee-for-Service Engagements (Corrections, Controlled Group Determinations, Determination Letter Filings) 

Independently perform custom advanced external fee for service consultations (e.g., nonbank trustee applications, group submissions, VFCP)

Disputes, Policies, Inquiries and Subpoenas

Draft formal responses to legal or other inquiries to attorneys, the IRS, DOL or other governmental agency

Draft template and customized correspondence and legal memorandum

Expansion of Services 

Independently perform review and approval of QDROs and other advanced benefit claims processing (e.g., hardship distributions)

Assist with QDRO consultations and other advanced benefit claims processing (e.g., hardship distributions)

Death Claims

Independently perform review and approval of death claims

Assist with death claim consultations

Legal Research

Complete advanced legal research projects and present advanced legal research findings

Mentor associates to conduct retirement plan and legal research

Technical Writing

Write comprehensive findings and recommendations of advanced legal research projects (e.g., white paper)

Retirement Technical Knowledge (QRP and specialty plans (e.g., 403(b), 457, DB, Cash Balance, ESOP, non-qualified, 409A))

Demonstrate basic understanding of ESOP, non-qualified plans, and 409A plans

Industry Knowledge

Demonstrate functional knowledge of associated regulatory agencies (e.g., SEC, FINRA, NAFCU, FDIC, OCC, OTS)

Demonstrate functional knowledge of retirement income planning strategies

Ancillary Laws

Demonstrate knowledge of the various business structures (e.g., sole proprietor partnerships, corporations, LLC, non-profit, stock attribution, foreign affiliates)

Demonstrate basic knowledge of state laws that apply to retirement plans (e.g., withholding, domestic relations, debtor/creditor, preemption)

Continuing Education 

Obtain continuing education credits to maintain licensure in at least one jurisdiction

Corporate Legal 

Work with corporate legal counsel to review and draft agreements and perform other corporate legal work as necessary (e.g., copyright, trademark)

Minimum Requirements:


JD from an accredited law school. Maintain an active license in at least one jurisdiction

Industry Experience

5 years of Ascensus experience or 7 years industry experience

Performance Review Ratings

Performance review ratings of exceeding expectations

Core Values & I-Client

Consistently display and model the Ascensus core values and I-Client philosophy

Prior Consultant Level Completion

Successfully demonstrate job responsibilities of Consultant 3

Prior Attorney Level Completion

Successfully demonstrate job responsibilities of Retirement Attorney

• Responsible for protecting, securing, and proper handling of all confidential data held by Ascensus to ensure against unauthorized access, improper transmission, and/or unapproved disclosure of information that could result in harm to Ascensus or our clients.

• The I-Client philosophy and the Core Values of People Matter, Quality First and Integrity Always® should be visible in your actions on a day to day basis showing your support of our organizational culture.

Ascensus is a place to have a career, not just a job. As the largest US independent retirement and college savings services provider, we put our focus on people.  Our culture is guided by sound principles, is committed to high standards, operates with transparency, and welcomes diversity. When you join our team, you get to go to work every day knowing that you help over 6 million Americans save for retirement and college.


Ascensus is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, citizenship, sex, marital or veteran status, disability or handicap, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Ascensus also takes affirmative action to employ, and advance in employment, qualified women, minorities, and covered veterans. Ascensus also makes reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state laws


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What makes any career at Ascensus so rewarding?

  • Collaborative, idea-sharing environment
  • Professional development
    • In-house training
    • Tuition reimbursement
  • Generous reward programs
  • Paid time off (additional purchase plan)
  • Medical, dental & vision benefits
  • Health savings account (employer contribution up to $1,100)
  • 401(k) & 529 match programs
  • Volunteer/charitable-giving programs
  • Business casual dress
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