Veteran Employee Benefits Lawyer, Lee T. Polk, Joins Epstein Becker Green in Chicago

NEW YORK (Jan. 2, 2013) — The national law firm of Epstein Becker Green (EBG) today announced that Lee T. Polk, a prominent employee benefits attorney, has joined the firm as Of Counsel in the Employee Benefits practice in the Chicago office.

Polk was formerly a Partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Chicago. He represents management and plan fiduciaries in employee benefits law, both on the business planning, compliance, and transactions side, as well as in disputes, litigation, and arbitration involving employee benefits issues. Those legal services also involve dealings with all of the government agencies in the highly regulated arena of employee benefits.

"We are pleased to have a seasoned and well-regarded employee benefits attorney such as Lee be a part of our EBG team. He has practiced law in Chicago since the early 70s and brings enormous experience and talent, which will be a great asset to our clients located both locally and nationally," said Peter Steinmeyer, Managing Shareholder of the firm's Chicago office.

"Lee will enhance the firm's strong capabilities in ERISA litigation and will help to expand the depth and reach of our national Employee Benefits practice," said Joan Disler, Chair of the Employee Benefits Practice Steering Committee.

Polk said, "I was drawn to EBG because of its national Employee Benefits practice that is staffed with attorneys who combine a real-world understanding of the intricacies of benefit plan administration and employee benefits operations. I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues and providing top-notch service to the firm's clients both locally and nationally."

Polk is the immediate past chair of the Qualified Plans Committee of the ABA Section of Real Property Probate & Trust Law. He is a charter fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the American, Illinois State, and Chicago Bar Associations and the ESOP Association. He is the author of a four-volume treatise entitled ERISA Practice & Litigation published by West Group and updated annually for legal developments.

About EBG's Employee Benefits Practice

For both foreign and domestic clients, including taxable and tax-exempt entities, the firm's Employee Benefits practice provides a complete range of services relating to the design, structure, implementation, administration, and termination of all types of retirement, executive compensation, and welfare benefits plans. The practice also provides counsel to employers who participate in multi-employer pension and welfare plans including developing strategies to minimize statutory withdrawal liability related to pensions. The full capability of the practice is further enforced by a national, dedicated ERISA/Employee Benefits litigation team staffed with attorneys who combine a real-world understanding of the intricacies of benefit plan administration and employee benefits operation with their extensive experience as ERISA counselors and trial and appellate court litigators. Attorneys in the Employee Benefits practice have the technical knowledge, the responsiveness, and the resources to support and advise employers of all sizes in every aspect of employee benefits law.

About Epstein Becker Green

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., founded in 1973, is a national law firm with approximately 300 lawyers practicing in 11 offices, in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Stamford, and Washington, D.C. The firm is uncompromising in its pursuit of legal excellence and client service in its areas of practice: Health Care and Life Sciences, Labor and Employment, Litigation, Corporate Services, and Employee Benefits. Epstein Becker Green was founded to serve the health care industry and has been at the forefront of health care legal developments since 1973. The firm is also proud to be a trusted advisor to clients in the financial services, retail, and hospitality industries, among others, representing entities from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Our commitment to these practices and industries reflects the founders' belief in focused proficiency paired with seasoned experience. For more information, visit

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