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John F. Meisenhelder


John Meisenhelder has extensive experience providing counsel to large companies (tax-exempt and for-profit) with respect to all employee benefits, executive compensation and privacy matters. This includes: (1) Code §401(a) qualified retirement plan design and compliance, including issues specifically affecting cash-balance and hybrid plans; (2) Code §403(b) plan design and compliance and other issues specifically affecting tax-exempt organizations and hospitals, including “church plan” issues; (3) ERISA fiduciary issues, including those related to fiduciary litigation, plan governance design and prohibited transactions; (4) international benefit issues in Puerto Rico and Canada; (5) executive compensation and nonqualified plan design and related Code §§409A and 457 compliance; (6) welfare benefit plan design and compliance, including compliance issues related to the Affordable Care Act, USERRA, COBRA and FMLA; (7) employee benefit aspects of business transactions; (8) HIPAA privacy, security, breach notification and portability compliance issues; (9) GLBA and FACTA compliance issues, including the Red-Flag rules; (10) vendor and insurance contract review and negotiations; and (11) withdrawal liability issues. John frequently represents clients in matters involving the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration. John is a Certified Public Accountant. 

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Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Bar Admissions Committee
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Bar Admissions Committee
  • Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • St. Ursula Villa, Board of Trustees and HR Committee
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church
  • The Ohio State University Alumni Association
  • The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, Mentor
  • Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity Alumni Association