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Education

  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • B.S., Ball State University
  • M.P.A., Ball State University

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Richard Kennedy has 40 years of legal, consulting, and administrative experience in all aspects of employee benefits and deferred compensation.  He has worked with private and public sector employers and with all types of pension, profit sharing, and welfare plans.  Since 1996, his practice has focused on multiemployer defined benefit pension, defined contribution annuity, welfare, and apprenticeship plans.

Professional/Community Involvement

  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Member
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Member
  • Advising sponsors and administrators on the tax and compliance requirements for the establishment and operation of employee benefit plans.
  • Drafting and interpreting plan documents, amendments, trust agreements, and summary plan descriptions.
  • Counseling fiduciaries on investments and negotiating and drafting investment agreements.
  • Advising administrators on eligibility and payment of benefit issues, including denials, taxation, and qualified domestic relations orders.
  • Representing plans and fiduciaries before governmental agencies and resolving operational and document failures.
  • Representing multiemployer pension plans on withdrawal liability assessments and reviews.
  • Planning and advising on plan and business transactions.
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1977
  • M.P.A., Ball State University, 1980
  • B.S., Ball State University, 1973
  • “Apprenticeship and Training Funds,” Co-author, Trustee Handbook, 7th, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
  • Speaker, “New Obligations for Plan Fiduciaries and Service Providers,” 57th Annual Employee Benefits Conference, IFEBP.