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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 1989
    • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Mary Washington, 1986, Phi Beta Kappa

Henry Talavera’s experience representing clients before the IRS and U.S. Department of Labor, along with his prior experience as a federal government attorney, enables him to handle complex issues for clients.

Henry has a broad-based, comprehensive practice that involves all areas of employee benefits law related to benefit programs and arrangements for employees, directors, and independent contractors.  His extensive experience includes guidance relating to public, private, and tax-exempt employers on the design, implementation, and administration of all types of welfare plans and tax-qualified retirement plans, including defined benefit and plans intended to qualify under sections 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Henry has also worked extensively in the following areas:

  • Representing clients before the IRS with respect to employee benefit plan audits and voluntary correction procedure filings
  • Designing and implementing executive compensation and employment agreements, including equity compensation and deferred compensation arrangements for partnerships
  • Counseling clients with respect to federal health care and related laws impacting an employer’s medical plans, including, but not limited to, privacy laws and the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act ("PPACA")
  • Negotiating employment and severance agreements for high-level executives and employers
  • Conducting due diligence and negotiating representations and warranties and covenants with respect to employee benefits in mergers and acquisitions
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The Basics of Nonqualified Deferred Compensation and Equity Compensation
Speaker, State Bar of Texas - "Tax Law in a Day"
February 3, 2017
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New Determination Letter Process for Tax-Qualified Employee Benefit Plans: Preparing for Massive Changes
Presenter, Stafford Webinar
December 7, 2016
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Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Operational Issues
Presenter, SouthWest Benefits Association
November 10, 2016
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Co-Author, State Bar of Texas
October 24, 2016
eAlerts Alerts
July 19, 2016
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When ERISA Meets Private Equity: What Advisors to Plans, Funds and Investors Should Consider Before Closing the Deal
American Bar Association; Moderator
July 14, 2016
eAlerts Alerts
July 8, 2016
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Wellness Programs and Group Health Plans: Legal Updates and Next Steps
Presenter, 2016 Annual Business Law Institute
June 2 and June 9, 2016
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Requirements and Challenges in Establishing Wellness Programs
Presenter, Dallas Bar Association
June 1, 2016
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Dividing Retirement Assets on Death or Divorce
American Bar Association
May 12, 2016
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