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James E. Crossen



James Crossen assists clients in the design and administration of employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. His work with clients includes advising on ERISA and Internal Revenue Code issues affecting retirement plans and welfare plans including advice on IRS corrections, DOL audits, and COBRA, HIPAA, PPACA and Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 issues. Additionally, James has experience drafting benefits and equity compensation provisions of merger, stock purchase and asset purchase agreements. He has assisted clients in preparing executive compensation-related documents including Section 280G disclosures, employment agreements and equity, incentive, retention and severance plans.

Prior Experience

Before joining Faegre Drinker, James worked at a law firm in Minneapolis specializing in multiemployer retirement, welfare and apprenticeship funds and practiced employee benefits and executive compensation law in the Chicago office of an international law firm. James previously served as a summer associate at Faegre Drinker.

Personal Interests

During his free time, James enjoys playing music (primarily piano) and spending time with his Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

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Columbia Law School
J.D. Columbia Journal of Tax Law (executive production editor) (2016)

Harvard College
A.B. in Folklore and Mythology (2010)

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  • Spotlight on Benefits – a blog offering practical insight on legal developments which impact benefit plans
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