April 23, 2012

Less than a year after opening a Dallas office, national law firm Polsinelli Shughart expands services in Texas with the addition of employee benefits law attorney Henry Talavera as shareholder. Highly accomplished in his field, Talavera focuses on executive compensation and ERISA, and assists employers with health reform compliance. His clients include oil and gas companies, Texas banks and nursing homes.

“I look forward to being part of the national employee benefits practice team. I also look forward to continuing to be part of a full-service national firm that can provide the support our clients need,” said Talavera.

Talavera assists clients with the administration of all types of welfare plans and tax-qualified retirement plans. He represents clients before the IRS and U.S. Department of Labor with respect to employee benefit plan audits and voluntary correction procedure filings, and drafting and negotiating terms of merger and acquisition agreements.

Talavera earned his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, and earned his bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Mary Washington. Talavera is the Vice-Chair of the Employee Benefit Plans and Other Compensation Arrangements Group, which is part of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trusts & Estate Law. He is admitted to the Bars of Maryland and Texas. When he is not practicing law, he is active in Dallas as a member of Leadership Dallas 2012. Highly recognized in his field, Talavera has been inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. He has also been included in Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, Texas Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.

The Dallas office relocated to Saint Ann Court in March after opening an office last year. The Dallas office originated with three attorneys bringing corporate, health care and private equity capabilities to the firm in Texas. The firm’s office in Saint Ann Court has accommodations for 38 attorneys and staff. Currently there are nine.

While the addition of a Dallas office is new for the firm, Polsinelli Shughart has a prior Texas connection. Former Dallas Congressman Martin Frost is a shareholder in the Washington, D.C. office of Polsinelli Shughart. Frost represented the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in the U.S. House of Representatives for 26 years (1979-2005) prior to joining the firm. During his time in Congress, Frost served as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus (the third ranking leadership position for House Democrats) and was dean of the Texas delegation in his last several terms in Congress.

Finally, Talavera is scheduled to speak on behalf of the State Bar of Texas (he is Vice-Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Tax Section) before the U.S. Department of Treasury on July 9, 2012. In January, Talavera helped submit a comment from the State Bar of Texas concerning proposed regulations relating to changes to the definition what constitutes a governmental plan under Section 414(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. He is a great source for reporters working on stories about:

• Executive compensations
• Pensions
• Employer compliance with health reform

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-223-8780,

About Polsinelli Shughart
With 580 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart ( is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business law, financial services, real estate and business litigation. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients, Polsinelli is redefining the business of law by sharing ideas, goals and outcomes with its clients. The firm builds enduring relationships by creating value through our legal services - with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices located in Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Edwardsville; Jefferson City; Kansas City; Los Angeles; New York; Overland Park; Phoenix; Springfield; St. Joseph; St. Louis; Topeka; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, DE. In California, Polsinelli Shughart LLP.