Edward J. Rayner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney in Riverside, CT

Ed Rayner Law
 | 1273 E. Putnam Ave., Suite 901
Riverside, CT 06878
Phone: 646-450-0173
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Employee Benefits (10%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (80%),
  • Tax: Business (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

The founder of Ed Rayner Law, Edward J. Rayner focuses his practice on executive compensation (employment, severance & separation agreements) and ERISA. Located in Greenwich, Connecticut, his practice includes representation of senior executives at well-known companies, and many of his clients have been referred to him by the most prestigious law firms in America. They are involved in a variety of industries, including fashion, finance, real estate, biotech, and finance. Mr. Rayner has prepared and reviewed several types of agreements on their behalf, including employment, severance and separation agreements, as well as, reviewing and advising clients on various compensation arrangements, such as option and equity plans and carried interests.

Mr. Rayner's ERISA practice focuses on providing advice and counsel to hedge funds and other financial institutions on compliance with ERISA's fiduciary requirements and advising clients in connection with potential ERISA withdrawal liability matters. 

After receiving a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University in 1988, Mr. Rayner went on to attend the University of Illinois College of Law and, in 1991, he was awarded his Juris Doctor magna cum laude. He subsequently received an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law, graduating first in his class in 1995. Mr. Rayner was an partner and practice group leader at several major law firms before founding his own practice in 2019.

Practice Areas
  • 10%Employee Benefits
  • 80%Employment & Labor
  • 10%Tax
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Tax Law


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Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019

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About Edward Rayner

Admitted: 1992, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: https://www.edraynerlaw.com/about-us


  • Named one of the country’s leading lawyers in the area of employee benefits law by The Best Lawyers in America (2008-2020)
  • Named to the Super Lawyers – New York Metro list for employee benefits/ERISA (2007-2019)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Professional Associations: American Bar Association, Tax Section, New York City Bar Association.
  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association’s Employment & Multiemployer Pension Plan Panels
  • Bar Admissions: New York (1992); Connecticut (2019); U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (1992).

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaking Engagements: Speaker, Pension Plan Investments 2014; Current Perspectives, Practicing law Institute (April 2014); Speaker, Commingled Investment Vehicles, Practicing Law Institute (February 2011); Speaker, Pension Plan Investments 2010: Current Perspectives, Practicing Law Institute (April 2010); Speaker, The “A” List Grows: The Impact of Code Section 457A on Deferred Compensation, New York State Bar Association(September 2009); Speaker, ERISA For Money Managers: A Practical Workshop, West Legalworks (April 2008); Speaker, Hedge Funds: Key Issues in Investing, Monitoring and Exiting, Practicing Law Institute (March 2008); Speaker, Pension Plan Investments 2007: Current Perspectives, Practicing Law Institute (May 2007); Speaker, Fund of Funds Business Operations Forum, Financial Research Associate (May 2007); Speaker, New Frontiers in Hedge Funds Due Diligence, West Legalworks (March 2007); Speaker, ERISA, PPA AND LDI: A Hands-On Seminar For Working With ERISA Clients, Institutional Investor (2007); Speaker, Pension Protection Act of 2006, Institutional Investor (September 2006); Speaker, The ABC's and XYZ's of Operating Hedge Funds with ERISA Investors, Institutional Investor (February 2006).
  • Publications: Co-Author (with M. Young), Releases and Section 409A - A Trap for the Unwary (May 2015); Co-Author (with C. Sues & M. Young), Last Chance For Companies To Correct Section 409A Document Failures Without Penalties, Pryor Cashman Legal Update (November 2010); Co-Author (with C. Sues & M. Young), Discriminatory Health Plans Will Be Subject To Significant Penalty Taxes, Pryor Cashman Legal Update (September 2010); Author, The Pension Protection Act's Fiduciary Provisions, Benefits & Compensation Digest (January 2007); Author, QPAM Exemption Amended, AIMA Journal (Winter 2005); Author, ERISA's Top Hat Exemption: A Primer, Tax Notes (April 2003); Co-Author, Recent Developments Affecting Employee Stock Options, Wall Street Lawyer (April 2003).

Educational Background:

  • B.S., Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1988
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law, 1992
  • LL.M. in Taxation, first in class, New York University School of Law, 1995
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Office Location for Edward J. Rayner

1273 E. Putnam Ave.
Suite 901
Riverside, CT 06878

Phone: 646-450-0173

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