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By Javier Simon editors@plansponsor.com | September 02, 2016
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Former U.S. Treasury Department Attorney Dominic DeMatties has joined Alston & Bird as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office. During his time at the Treasury, DeMatties served as an attorney adviser in the Office of the Benefits Tax Counsel, which saw him aid in the development of tax policies and guidance related to qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plans.

His work focused on guidance and policy related to employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), hybrid pension plans, governmental plans, 409A, 457(f), nondiscrimination, multiemployer plans and a variety of issues relating to single-employer defined benefit plans. He played a leading role in developing regulations and other guidance implementing the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 and provided legal advice to the team charged with analyzing applications received under the law.

“Dominic has been at the center of federal rulemaking that in recent years has brought significant change to retirement plans and executive compensation arrangements,” says David Godofsky, partner at Alston & Bird and leader of Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation. “His deep knowledge of policy, legislation and regulation will significantly benefit our clients who rely on us for strategic, board-level advice on crucial benefits and compensation issues, as well as day-to-day support on complex benefits matters.”

Before joining the Treasury, DeMatties served as a partner with Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University in 2003; M.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1997; and B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo in 1994.

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