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Timothy L. Stewart

location:
Metro Milwaukee
email:
tls@dewittross.com
phone:
262-754-2869
fax:
262-754-2845
assistant:
Jennifer A. Durovka
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With an understanding that employers need to continually work to ensure their employee benefit plans are accurate, up-to-date and designed in a manner that helps an employer recruit and retain employees, Tim navigates the employee benefits arena while helping his clients achieve their goals. He has extensive experience in employee benefits and employment matters. From his office in Milwaukee, Tim also helps businesses in Wisconsin, Missouri, California, Maryland, New York, Georgia, Michigan and around the United States establish and maintain employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). In addition, Tim is the author of the DeWitt Ross & Stevens ESOP News Feed.

He regularly works with a variety of retirement plans and the many facets associated with those plans. Examples include:

  • 401(k), profit sharing, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs)
  • Traditional defined benefit pension plans
  • Plan document compliance
  • Fiduciary issues
  • Prohibited transactions
  • IRS filings (such as determination letter requests)
  • QDROs and helping to correct mistakes made by plan sponsor or a service provider

On the health and welfare plan side, Tim counsels employers on complex legal matters involving:

  • COBRA
  • HIPAA (portability, privacy and security)
  • Health care reform
  • Subrogation issues
  • Code Section 125 Plans / HRAs / HSAs
  • Wellness plans

Clients

Tim works with companies of all sizes, in several industries including manufacturing, distribution and transportation, with multiple clients in the professional employer organization (PEO) industry. A sample of the clients he currently represents includes: ABC Supply, Inc., Weather Shield Manufacturing, Inc., Diversified Benefit Services, The QTI Group, OwnersEdge Inc., and Sentry Equipment Corp.

Notable Representations

  • Tim has helped dozens of employers avoid the disastrous result of disqualification of retirement plans (including employee stock ownership plans [ESOPs], 401(k) plans and traditional defined benefit plans) by the IRS. This was accomplished by taking advantage of the IRS’s “amnesty” correction programs.
  • With the firm's ESOP practice now including more than 30 ESOP company clients, such work is becoming an ever-increasing component of Tim's practice. With such ample experience, Tim helps business owners evaluate whether an ESOP is right from them. For more information on ESOPs, click here.
  • He also advises employers on employment law issues, such as unlawful discrimination, wage and hour issues and employee handbooks.
  • Tim has ably assisted employers in developing retirement plans that allow business owners to save more money for retirement.
  • In addition, he has helped several employer clients provide executive compensation strategies, such as phantom stock benefits, to reward long-term management employees.

Client Recommendations

"Five Star Rating! We are 100% employee owned company and have worked with Tim Stewart because he has proven himself to be professional and resourceful when it comes to problem solving, especially with issues related to the complexities of an ESOP company. He is also genuine, trustworthy and has excellent follow up. I personally was part of a panel of speakers who spoke with Tim at the Midwest ESOP Convention in Milwaukee and he had the ability to grab the audience's attention with his creative connection and could easily adapt his message to match the audience. If you are looking for ESOP 101 information or more complex answers to ESOP questions, Tim is your expert!" - Lisa S. Reardon, CEO & Chairman, OwnersEdge, Inc., www.ownersedgeinc.com.

"One Source worked closely with Tim Stewart to form our ESOP Trust and draft all the relevant documents in 2014. Then in July of 2015 as we got ready to close, Tim worked tirelessly accumulating the massive piles of documentation required to get the transaction done. He successfully quarterbacked a closing process that involved over a dozen lawyers and bankers, as well as the Trustee. Getting this deal closed took a huge effort by all involved and Tim's guidance and expertise was invaluable. He is easy to work with and takes a very practical approach to achieving the goal. FIVE STAR RATING!" - William A. Irvine, CFO, One Source Equipment Rentals, Inc., www.onesourcerental.com.

"Tim Stewart has been our ESOP attorney for five years. We initially hired him because of his deep technical expertise on ESOP plan design and administration. We were very impressed by Tim's knowledge when we saw him speak and networked with him at ESOP Association events. He is passionate about employee ownership and is also well versed on the softer side of running an ESOP such as building an ownership culture and communicating the value of ESOP's with employees. Once we started working with Tim, we quickly realized his value as a business attorney, not just an ESOP attorney. We now use him for all our legal needs. Tim has become one of our most trusted business advisors. We really appreciate Tim's practical approach and his ability to explain complicated ESOP or other legal issues in a simple, understandable manner. His advice is based on common sense and he always helps us arrive at the right decision. We really enjoy working with Tim and highly recommend him to other ESOP companies. - ​Brian T. Baker, President, CEO and ESOP Trustee, Sentry Equipment Corp., www.sentry-equip.com.

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