Overview

Fred Reish is a noted authority on retirement plan products and plan management who helps ensure that clients fulfill their fiduciary duty to investors and comply with federal law. He counsels plan sponsors, service providers and registered investment advisers on fiduciary responsibility, prohibited transactions under federal law, federal audits and pension plan disputes. When clients face regulatory disputes, Fred counsels them on mitigating the impact of enforcement actions and resolving compliance issues.

Retirement Plan Counsel 

Fred consults with banks, trust companies, insurance companies and mutual fund management companies on 401(k) recordkeeping services, investment products, and issues related to plan investments and retirement income. He advises broker-dealers and registered investment advisers on fiduciary status and compliance, prohibited transactions and internal procedures. Fred also advises insurance companies and investment managers on the development of new products and services consistent with fiduciary standards under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) as well as its prohibited transaction restrictions, retirement income investments and guarantees.

 

Examinations and Compliance

Fred counsels private and public sector entities and their plans and fiduciaries regarding examinations before federal agencies such as the Department of Labor (DOL) the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 

 

Blogs and Industry Engagement

Fred regularly blogs at FredReish.com where he provides updates and insights on the retirement industry for service providers, plan sponsors and registered investment advisers. He is quoted frequently by national media organizations and regularly addresses industry conferences.

 

Previous Faculty Positions

  • University of Southern California, Masters of Business Tax Program — Former Teacher, “Pension and Profit Sharing”
     

Credentials

Bar Admissions

California

Education

University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
J.D.

Arizona State University
B.S. in Accounting

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel — Charter Fellow
  • Certified Financial Planning Board — Public Policy Council and Standards Resource Commission
  • Centre for Fiduciary Excellence (CEFEX) — Advisory Council
  • Arizona State University — Alumni Board of Directors; Trustee
  • Institutional Retirement Income Council (IRIC)
  • American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) — Previously Board of Directors; Co-chair, Government Affairs Committee
  • Los Angeles IRS Benefits Conference — Previously Co-chair
  • NAPA 401(k) Summit — Previously Co-founder and Co-chair

Firm Leadership

  • Leader, Financial Services ERISA Practice Team
  • Co-Leader, Best Interest Compliance Team

Honors

  • Chambers USA — California: Los Angeles & Surrounds, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, 2016−20
  • ThinkAdvisor — “Investment Advisor’s 25 Most Influential People,” 2016
  • Century City Bar Association — Employee Benefits Lawyer of the Year, 2016
  • RIABiz — One of the Most Influential Individuals in the 401(k) Industry Affecting RIAs
  • PLANADVISER — “Legends” of the retirement industry and retirement advisers
  • American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries/Morningstar — 401(k) Leadership Award, 2009
  • PLANSPONSOR — One of the “Legends” in the development of retirement plans
  • 401kWire — “100 Most Influential People in Defined Contribution,” Multiple Years
  • IRS Director’s Award, 1999
  • IRS Commissioner’s Award, 1997
  • PLANSPONSOR — Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006
  • Institutional Investor — Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006
  • ASPPA — Eidson Founders Award, 2004
  • Arizona State University — Alumni Service Award
  • Best Lawyers® — Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Litigation – ERISA, 2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent
Awards Methodology
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