Russell C. Shaw

Russell C. Shaw

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Walter | Haverfield LLP
 | The Tower at Erieview, Suite 3500, 1301 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-928-2888
Fax: 216-916-2327
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2008, 2011 - 2014
Licensed Since: 1965
Practice Areas:
  • Employee Benefits (90%),
  • Nonprofit Organizations (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Russ has been an employee benefits specialist since 1970 and has a nationwide practice that encompasses every type of employee benefit plan.  This includes retirement plans, executive deferred compensation plans, welfare benefit plans, VEBAs, and 403(b) tax-deferred annuity plans.  His practice also includes plan design, administration, funding methods, retirement plan qualification, prohibited transaction and fiduciary liability issues, termination of defined benefit plans, 401(k) plans, ESOPs, multi-employer plans, joint apprenticeship committee programs, and public and private retiree benefits.  He advises charitable foundations and other tax-exempt organizations on tax, fiduciary, and related matters.

    With his in-depth knowledge of both ERISA and non-ERISA benefit matters, Russ often assists the firm’s employee benefits litigation team in cases involving breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, self-dealing, denial of benefits, and benefits discrimination.

    Russ has practiced before the national office and regional offices of the Internal Revenue Service, and the national district offices of the Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration. He has testified before the Senate Finance Committee on employee benefit issues and has participated in meetings sponsored by the Department of Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Labor. He was a Treasury Department Appointee to the Ad Hoc Committee on Tax Reform Act of 1986 compliance.

    Prior to joining Walter | Haverfield, Russ was a partner with Thompson, Hine and Flory and former head of its Employee Benefits Group. In the 1960s he was a captain in the U.S. Army. He was on General Westmoreland’s legal staff while in Vietnam. After Martin Luther King’s assassination, he served on the Hollingsworth Board which investigated the use of the National Guard and reservists in civil disturbances.

    Russ lectures on employee benefit and fiduciary liability issues to various professional and nonprofit organizations and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

    About Russell Shaw

    Admitted: 1965, Ohio

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    The Tower at Erieview, Suite 3500
    1301 East 9th Street
    Cleveland, OH 44114

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