John Meisenhelder has extensive experience providing counsel to medium and large size companies (tax-exempt and for-profit) with respect to all employee benefits, executive compensation and privacy matters. John primarily focuses on the following areas:

  • ERISA fiduciary committee governance structure and issues
  • Qualified retirement plans, including cash-balance, ERISA and “church” plans
  • 403(b) plans and compliance matters affecting tax-exempt hospitals, including those sponsoring “church” plans
  • ERISA and state law (“church” plan) fiduciary matters related to litigation, plan governance and plan investments, including investments in employer stock and collective investment trusts (CITs)
  • SEC disclosures for retirement plans holding employer stock
  • Matters involving the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Department of Health and Human Services and Hacienda (Puerto Rico)
  • HIPAA privacy, security, breach notification and portability
  • Executive compensation and nonqualified plans and related 409A and 457 matters
  • International benefits, including in Puerto Rico and Canada
  • Employee benefit aspects of business transactions
  • Vendor and insurance contract negotiations and disputes
  • GLBA and FACTA compliance, including the Red-Flag rules
  • Withdrawal liability matters 

John is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Professional and 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

Awards & Recognition

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2015-2024

Named to Ohio Leading Lawyers, 2024

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J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1991, with honors

Pepperdine University School of Law, 1989

B.S., Accounting, and M.I.S., The Ohio State University, 1988

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