Kurt L.P. Lawson

Kurt L.P. Lawson

Washington, D.C.

Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 202 637 5660

Fax +1 202 637 5910

LanguagesEnglish, French

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

As the scope of benefits and compensation plans evolve, new challenges have emerged. Issues such as the design of corporate wellness plans and benefits for mobile executives have recently edged into the spotlight.

Kurt Lawson focuses on new and complex benefits issues, often involving multiple overlapping statutes or jurisdictions. And Kurt is highly regarded in these sectors he's been individually ranked by Chambers USA since 2010, appeared in Best Lawyers in America since 2007, and named by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers since 2008.

Kurt works with employers, insurance companies, banks, PE funds, and individuals on a wide range of benefits matters, including cash balance and other tax-qualified plans, 403(b) and other plans for tax-exempt employers, health reform and other welfare plan challenges, executive compensation, and fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues.

He also tackles issues that have drawn attention only recently, such as executive compensation in partnerships and LLCs; alternative investments by pension plans and IRAs; special health reform issues involving employers, insurance companies, religious institutions, and universities; employee classification issues for tax, minimum wage, and other purposes; and funding relief for multiple-employer plans.

From 1989 through 1993, Kurt served in the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Benefits Tax Counsel. He is vice-chair of the American Bar Association's Tax Section and previously chaired the Tax Section's employee benefits committee. He's also a former officer of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. He speaks and writes regularly on tax and benefits topics and was an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center from 2004 to 2013.

Awards and recognitions


American College of Tax Counsel


Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (District of Columbia); Band 1, 2018-2021
Chambers USA


Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (Transactions), Hall of Fame
Legal 500 US


Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Best Lawyers in D.C.


Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (Transactions), Leading Lawyer
Legal 500 US


American College of Employee Benefits Counsel


Employee Benefits/ERISA
Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers


The Best Lawyers in America

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, Order of the Coif, Virginia Law Review, 1985

M.A., Yale University, 1982

B.A., Yale University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Pierson College master's award, 1982


Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 2004-present

Chair, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section, American Bar Association, 2008-2009

Chair, Subcommittee on Employee Benefits, Employment Taxes Committee, Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, 2000-present

Chair, Subcommittee on Pension Legislation, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section, American Bar Association, 1999-2004

Chair, Task Force on Pension Simplification, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section, American Bar Association, 2000-2004

Member, ABA Working Group on Access to Health Care, 2009-present

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Taxation of Employee Benefits, 1998-2000

Member, Employee Benefits Committee, Section of Taxation, District of Columbia Bar Association, 1985-present

Vice-Chair, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section, American Bar Association, 2004-2008

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Court admissions

U.S. Tax Court

Representative experience

Advised Vanderbilt University on benefits issues relating to the split-off of its medical center.

Advised Alstom on benefits issues relating to its purchase of GE transportation units in the U.S., France, and other jurisdictions.

Advised TPAs and insurance companies on their rights to health plan data under ERISA and other laws.

Represented insurance trade association on various health reform issues before the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and HHS.

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