Peter Gulia

Peter Gulia

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Fiduciary Guidance Counsel
 | 504 S 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146-1102
Phone: 215-732-1552
Fax: 215-689-2930
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Employee Benefits (90%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Peter Gulia counsels the people who manage employee-benefit plans.  While handling a full range of employee benefits and executive compensation, Peter focuses on ERISA’s fiduciary-responsibility provisions.  Before opening his law firm in 2006, Peter had more than 21 years’ experience from 1984 through 2005 with one of America’s largest retirement-services businesses and two of the world’s biggest financial-services businesses.

Peter Gulia’s focus is counseling fiduciaries of all kinds.  Beyond advising an employee-benefit plan’s lead fiduciary, Peter also counsels fee-only investment managers and advisers about their fiduciary duties and compliance procedures.  Peter advises lawyers, actuaries, and certified public accountants about their professional conduct.

Since 1984, Peter Gulia has focused on the design, governance, fiduciary investment procedures, and administration of employee-benefit plans.  His solutions to resolve then-novel ERISA, tax, and securities issues for asset-allocation investment advice remain models that practitioners use today.  Beyond ERISA-governed plans, Peter has wide experience with church plans and governmental plans, and with how securities law and other laws beyond ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code affect retirement plans and health plans.

Peter Gulia is widely published on fiduciary duties and procedures, retirement plan investments, beneficiary designations, and domestic-relations orders.  Peter has for 23 years published with Wolters Kluwer (CCH and Aspen Publishers).  He also is a Bloomberg BNA Insights author.

White Papers

  • Using ERISA’s new default-investment rule to avoid liability for participants’ failures to choose investments (2007) - Using ERISA's new default-investment rule to avoid liability for participants' failures to choose investments:  A new rule provides an ERISA-governed retirement plan's fiduciary some relief from responsibility for deciding exactly how to invest a plan account of a participant, beneficiary, or alternate payee who hasn't directed investment.  If a plan provides for investment under a qualified default investment alternative and meets several conditions, a plan fiduciary isn't liable for what results because of investing an individual's account in a QDIA.  The rule's relief is available not only for a default investment made under an implied-election or "automatic-contribution" arrangement but also for other default investments. 

  • The Final Frontier: Investment Advice and Professionally Managed Accounts (2007) - The authors explain why professionally-managed accounts often can be superior to target-year funds as a qualified default investment alternative.

  • About Peter Gulia

    Admitted: 1990, Pennsylvania

    Professional Webpage: www.fiduciaryguidancecounsel.com/aboutgulia.htm

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Law Institute - CLE writer and speaker; American Bar Assocation (including several committees, subcomittees, and task forces); Pennsylvania Bar Institute - CLE writer and speaker; Philadelphia Bar Association - Employee Benefits Committee, Professional Guidance Committee (previous), CLE writer and speaker; ASPPA Benefits Council of Greater Philadelphia - Board of Directors, CLE/CPE writer and speaker; National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators - previously Legislation and Regulation Committee, Investments Committee, 403(b) task force  

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Choral Arts Philadelphia, CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia, CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, Healthy Teen Living, Philomathean Endowment Trust, Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania, The Women's Sacred Music Project

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Coursebook for ERISA Fiduciary Responsibility law school course Coursebook for Professional Conduct in Tax Practice law school course

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Because my role as counsel was not disclosed, I must not reveal the settlements that were supported by my knowledge and work.

    Transactions:

    • Sale of Travelers Life and Annuity and some businesses of CitiStreet to MetLife, 2005
    • CitiStreet, a joint venture of Citigroup and State Street Bank and Trust Company, 1999

    Representative Clients:

    • State of New Hampshire, 2016
    • State of Alabama, 2009
    • My clients include retirement plans and registered investment advisers.

    Videos:

    • Peter Gulia led this continuing-legal-education course for the Philadelphia Bar Association., Understanding the new investment-advice fiduciary rule, Philadelphia Bar Association, 2016
    • Peter Gulia helped design this education series, about the U.S. Labor department's investment-advice fiduciary rule, for The American College of Financial Services.  The videos, including those in which Peter Gulia appeared, are available from The American College., How Will the DOL Fiduciary Rule Impact You?, The American College Of Financial Services, 2016

    Newsletters:

    • I am a contributing editor of, and write monthly articles for, 401(k) Advisor newsletter. Most of my articles are about ways for an employer to meet its fiduciary responsibility in managing a retirement plan.  , 401(k) Advisor monthly newsletter, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

    Educational Background:

    • Franklin and Marshall College, 1981

    Industry Groups

    • American Bar Association
    • ASPPA Benefits Council Of Greater Philadelphia
    • Philadelphia Bar Association
    Office Location for Peter Gulia

    504 S 22nd Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19146-1102

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    Last Updated: 2/6/2019

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