Carol A.


Carol Weiser helps companies design and operate workable employee benefits and executive compensation packages that meet the complex standards of multiple regulatory regimes, including compliance with the Internal Revenue Code and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission executive compensation disclosure rules. She also represents clients in audits and disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.

With more than 30 years of experience in employee benefits, Carol regularly advises clients on a variety of employee benefits plans, including qualified retirement plans, executive compensation and non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, welfare benefit plans, fringe benefits, employment agreements, tax sheltered annuities, individual retirement accounts and cafeteria plans.

Carol works extensively in the increasingly regulated area of executive compensation, and she has successfully lobbied for the development of certain more flexible rules under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. She also counsels clients concerning compliance and other aspects of the operation of employee plans, such as taxation of distributions, nondiscrimination requirements, prohibited transactions and early retirement windows.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of tax: employee benefits and executive compensation (2011, 2015)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of employee benefits (ERISA) law (2009-2016)

Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

Professional Activities

Co-chair, ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits (JCEB), National Institute on Health and Welfare Plans (2007-2013)
Steering Committee, International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association (2011-2013)
Former Chair, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association (1997-2001)
Former Chair, Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, American Bar Association (2001-2002)
Member of the Board, Gifts for the Homeless Inc.

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
  • B.A., cum laude, Hiram College
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia

Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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