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Teresa Pofok

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Experienced ERISA attorney who has represented multiemployer benefit plans on health, welfare, retirement, and apprenticeship/training, and benefit issues for nearly three decades.

Teresa is an attorney in Tucker Arensberg’s Litigation department. She has nearly three decades of experience in the area of ERISA and employee benefits primarily representing multiemployer benefit plans on health, welfare, retirement, and apprenticeship/training, and benefit issues. Her work includes representing clients in front of government agencies (IRS, DOL, and Pension Guaranty Corporation) and advising them on the issues of legislative compliance such as ERISA claims procedures, the Affordable Care Act, COBRA coverage, retirement plans, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, multiemployer funding legislation, and plan mergers and terminations.

She has:

  • Handled numerous benefit plan changes as legal counsel and benefit consultant to both health and pension plan clients. 
  • Provided representation to plans with respect to employee plan investigations and routine audits before various governmental agencies.
  • Worked with plan sponsors to establish medical reimbursement plans for active and retired participants.
  • Drafted and updated all plan documents including comprehensive review of Trust Agreements, Plan Documents, Summary Plan Descriptions, and participant notices regarding the same.

Because of her experience in these areas, Teresa has been called upon to speak about subjects such as MPRA (Multiemployer Pension Reform Act) applications and case studies and the pension fund insolvency crisis at various conferences with national exposure. 

Teresa graduated with her BA in English from Kent State University and earned her JD from Rutgers University College of Law at Camden. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully represented the first defined benefit plan to obtain an MPRA Benefit Suspension Application, as well as other plans seeking multi-year funding waivers from the Department of Treasury.
  • Serves as the designated representative for small insolvent defined benefit plans assisting the PBGC’s financial assistance application and audit process.

Presentations & Publications

  • "Pension Fund Solvency Crisis" Speaker at the Lawyers Coordinating Committee Advanced ERISA Attorneys Seminar, September 2018
  • "MPRA Applications: Lessons from the Trenches" Panelist at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) 63rd Annual Conference, October 2017
  • "MPRA Case Study" Speaker at the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans Attorneys and Administrators Annual Conference, April 2017

Education

Rutgers University School of Law at Camden (JD)
Kent State University (BA)

Bar Admissions

Alaska
Ohio
Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Office Location

  • Cleveland

Services

  • Employee Benefit Plans/ERISA
  • Compliance & Risk Management
  • Labor & Employment
  • Fiduciary Services & Risk Management
  • Privacy, Data Security, & Technology

Industries

  • Healthcare

Departments

  • Commercial Litigation

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Union Lawyers Alliance - AFL-CIO

Education

Rutgers University School of Law at Camden (JD)
Kent State University (BA, cum laude)

Bar Admissions

Alaska
Ohio
Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Office Location

  • Cleveland

Services

  • Employee Benefit Plans/ERISA
  • Compliance & Risk Management
  • Labor & Employment
  • Fiduciary Services & Risk Management
  • Privacy, Data Security, & Technology

Industries

  • Healthcare

Departments

  • Commercial Litigation

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Union Lawyers Alliance - AFL-CIO

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