David R. Johanson, Partner
Hawkins Parnell & Young, LLP
David assists clients in general corporate matters and in employee ownership, benefit, ERISA, and related business matters, with an emphasis on executive compensation, equity incentive plans, non-qualified deferred compensation, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), ESOP transactions, mergers and acquisitions (and related tax planning), and business succession and estate planning. David has served as outside general counsel to numerous corporate clients over the past 35 years. He also frequently appears on behalf of clients in business and employment-oriented defense litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country, before regulatory agencies (e.g., U.S. Department of Labor, California Labor Commissioner, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), in tax controversies before the Internal Revenue Service and comparable state regulatory agencies, against felony criminal indictments in U.S. Federal Court, and in dispute resolutions of various kinds.
R. Joseph Barton, Partner
Block & Leviton LLP
R. Joseph Barton is a Partner at Block & Leviton LLP and leads the firm’s Employee Benefits practice and Veterans/USERRA practice. He represents employees in a variety of employee benefit disputes, fiduciary breaches or other ERISA or USERRA violations and also represents fiduciaries of plans with claims against other fiduciaries. He has been trial counsel for plaintiffs in several ERISA trials, including two cases involving ESOPs holding privately-held stock. In a case affirmed by the Seventh Circuit, he represented a class of participants and obtained a favorable liability decision and remedies award of over $20 million after trial concerning a complex transaction involving the purchase of stock by the Trachte Building Systems ESOP.