George W. Braun is a partner in the employee benefits group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. He has experience in a wide variety of employee benefits and related tax matters, including the design, implementation, operation, communication, and termination of qualified retirement plans, including defined benefit pension plans and 401(k) plans; benefits and compensation issues arising in the transactional context, including the termination and continuation of employee benefit plans, and the establishment of mirror image plans immediately following acquisitions; employee stock ownership plans, including ESOPs implemented as part of 401(k) plan arrangements, and other qualified and non-qualified plans involving employer securities; stock option, restricted stock, phantom stock, and special deferred compensation and incentive compensation programs for executives; and personal tax planning for distributions from qualified and non-qualified programs.
Mr. Braun's client responsibilities range from multinational corporations to trade associations and family businesses. He also has experience in representing clients seeking rulings from or under audit by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor.
Mr. Braun is a graduate of The Hill School, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which he attended as a John Motley Morehead Foundation Scholar. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Before joining Pepper, Mr. Braun was the partner in charge of the employee benefits practice at another Philadelphia law firm of Clark, Fortenbaugh & Young.