Kent A. Mason Kent Mason is a partner in the law firm of Davis & Harman LLP. He practices exclusively in the employee benefits area and works primarily with major employers, large plans, and national vendors of retirement plan services. Mr. Mason advises on the full range of employee benefits issues, including all types of retirement plans, deferred compensation arrangements, health and life insurance for employees and retirees, COBRA, VEBAs, and cafeteria plans. In his practice, Mr. Mason frequently represents clients before the IRS, Treasury, the Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Mr. Mason also works extensively for trade associations on legislative and administrative issues affecting retirement plans and other employee benefits.
Mr. Mason served as a Legislation-Attorney for the Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. Congress, and as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Tax Policy of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. While with the government, Mr. Mason focused on the taxation of retirement plans, health plans, and other employee benefits.
Mr. Mason received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following his graduation from law school, he served as a Law Clerk to Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Mason received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Amherst College in 1976.
Mr. Mason is a member of the District of Columbia and Georgia Bar Associations and he was elected to the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. He is a frequent speaker and author on employee benefits issues, and has testified on several occasions at IRS regulatory hearings. His speech and article topics, like his practice, cover the full range of issues, including legislative updates, analysis of new regulations, plan design alternatives, new compliance issues, and correction methodologies.more » « less