Michael Williams understands that there are various ways to draft a document, and the most commonly accepted method is not always the best. He offers creative, reasonable and understandable solutions to the client. When clients ask for advice about potential courses of action, he refrains from saying “no.” Instead, he answers “Yes, and…” or “No, but …” because there are usually solutions and alternatives to all problems.
Clients seek Michael's help with complex tax and employee benefits issues as well as with issues related to all aspects of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations.
He helps clients with the design and administration of nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, including compliance with Code Sections 280G and 409A. He provides helpful advice regarding tax-qualified retirement plans such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans, ESOPs and defined benefit plan. He also tackles the employee benefit portion of mergers, acquisitions and asset purchase agreements.
Michael represents clients who have established and maintained broad-based group welfare plans, including group health plans, cafeteria plans and wellness plans. Mike frequently advises clients on COBRA and HIPAA compliance, as well as compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Michael also counsels nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations on all aspects of their enterprise, such as tax matters and unrelated business income, intermediate sanctions and joint ventures, governance, foundations, endowment funds, charitable/planned giving programs, fundraising and collaborating with donors.
Michael’s clients range from private universities to Fortune 500 companies to large nonprofits. He assists these businesses with a variety of issues, including: