Michael Williams is a business lawyer who focuses on complex tax and employee benefits issues for companies in Louisiana and elsewhere throughout the U.S. He helps corporate clients with the design and administration of tax-qualified retirement plans, such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans, ESOPs and defined benefit plans including cash balance plans as well as the employee benefit portion of mergers, acquisitions and asset purchase agreements. His clients range from major private universities to Fortune 500 companies to large non-profit corporations.
Clients seek Mike's help with the design of nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements - including compliance with Code Section 409A. He assists executives and companies in the design and negotiation of executive employment agreements, severance arrangements and incentive compensation plans. Mike has represented clients who have established and maintained broad-based group welfare plans, including group health plans, cafeteria plans and wellness plans. Mike frequently advises clients on COBRA and HIPAA compliance, as well as compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
He has extensive experience representing clients in tax controversies, counseled individuals and businesses on transactional tax matters and provided due diligence services. He has counseled nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations on all aspects of their enterprise, such as tax matters and unrelated business income, intermediate sanctions and joint ventures, governance, foundations, endowment funds, charitable/planned giving programs, fundraising and collaborating with donors.