John D. Walch
Salt Lake City
With more than 25-years of experience, Mr. Walch works with employers to design, prepare and resolve issues relating to a broad range of qualified and non-qualified benefit plans, including equity-based incentive compensation plans, ESOPs, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, qualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans, including health, cafeteria and flexible spending plans. Mr. Walch has designed, drafted and obtained IRS approval of hundreds of qualified retirement plans. For plans facing disqualification or other sanctions, he has obtained dozens of compliance statements from the IRS and negotiated positive outcomes in response to U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) investigations. He advises plan fiduciaries on operational issues involving fiduciary liability and plan administration issues, QDROs and benefit claims or appeals.
He also drafts service provider and business associate agreements for plans and plan sponsors. He has tried over 50 ERISA benefit cases in federal court. Mr. Walch also designs deferred compensation arrangements and incentive plans involving stock options, restricted stock, stock appreciation rights and phantom stock. He advises employers on parachute payments, COBRA, HIPAA and other benefit plan issues, including prohibited transactions and obtaining DOL exemptions. He also advises plans and plan sponsors involved in corporate transactions, including whether an ESOP should accept or decline a tender offer, sell employer stock, or spin-off plan assets.
Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark College of Law
Brigham Young University
Federal District Courts in Utah, Oregon and California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Tax Court
Utah, Oregon and California
- American Bar Association
- Utah, Oregon and California Bar Assoc.
- Member, World Services Group (International network of top law firms in 115 countries)
- Member, Tax and Employment Law Sections, Utah State Bar
- President, Tigard High School Athletic Booster Club
- Site Council, Templeton Elementary
- Youth Indoor Soccer Coach
- Boy Scout Troop Leader
- Frequent lecturer on employee benefit topics
- Vital Signs: Make sure your work wellness program is healthy (Utah Business Magazine, Nov. 2016)