Erik Vogt advises public, private and nonprofit companies in the design and administration of retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation arrangements. Erik also counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions and writes frequently on legal developments impacting benefit plans, executive compensation and related matters.

Retirement Plans

With extensive experience in retirement plans, Erik is a trusted adviser in the design and administration of 401(k) plans, defined benefit plans (both traditional and cash balance), profit-sharing plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and 403(b) plans. He frequently advises clients regarding compliance with ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code, including governance and fiduciary matters and representation before the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor in connection with plan audits and correction programs.

Health and Welfare Plans

Erik counsels clients on a multitude of issues relating to health and welfare plans, including the Affordable Care Act, COBRA, and other applicable state and federal laws.

Executive Compensation Arrangements

Erik advises clients in the design and administration of nonqualified deferred compensation plans, equity incentive plans, and executive employment, change of control and severance agreements, including assessment of Code section 409A and 457(f) compliance issues.


In addition to his counseling practice, Erik also frequently advises clients on employee benefits and executive compensation issues arising in mergers and acquisitions.


Bar Admissions



Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Certificate in Business and Public Policy

University of Pennsylvania Law School
J.D. cum laude

University of Wisconsin - Madison
B.B.A. with distinction

Insights & Events

Blog Post August 2021

New DOL FAQs Provide Guidance Regarding Lifetime Income Illustrations for Defined Contribution Plans

1 min read  
Updates May 2021

ERISA Litigation Roundup: Columbia University Settlement: A Reminder of ERISA Litigation Risk

3 min read  
Blog Post March 2021

New Guidance Requires Free COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines

1 min read  
Blog Post September 2020

Employment Agreements: When to Call an Executive Compensation Attorney

1 min read  
Blog Post July 2020

Summer To-Do List: Determination Letter Filing for Cash Balance Plans and Pension Equity Plans

1 min read  
Blog Post April 2020

Cutting Costs in a COVID-19 World – Reducing or Suspending Company Contributions to a 401(k) or 403(b) Plan

1 min read  
Updates February 28, 2019

Understanding the Excise Tax on Executive Compensation Paid by Tax-Exempt Organizations—Part III: Excess Remuneration, Excess Parachute Payments, and Excise Tax Reporting

12 min read  
Updates February 21, 2019

Understanding the Excise Tax on Executive Compensation Paid by Tax-Exempt Organizations—Part II: Who Are My Organization’s Covered Employees, and What Counts as Remuneration?

13 min read  
Updates February 14, 2019

Understanding the Excise Tax on Executive Compensation Paid by Tax-Exempt Organizations—Part I: Is My Organization Subject to the Excise Tax?

8 min read  
Updates September 10, 2018

The IRS Breaks Its Silence on the 162(m) Grandfathering Rule but Companies May Not Like What the IRS Has to Say

8 min read  

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • The National Association of Stock Plan Professionals


Awards Methodology

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