Christine Gottesman Bio

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Christine Gottesman

Special Counsel - Benefits

Ms. Gottesman specializes in advising clients regarding all types of employee benefits and executive compensation matters. She counsels employers in the establishment and administration of qualified and nonqualified retirement benefit plans and welfare benefit plans including issues of plan design, compliance with ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code and fiduciary responsibility. She advises publicly and privately held corporations in the design and administration of executive compensation arrangements and equity-based compensation plans. Ms. Gottesman’s practice also includes representing employers in employee benefits matters arising in connection with corporation mergers, acquisitions and dispositions.

Professional Experience
Sidley Austin, LLP, Chicago, IL and New York, NY, Associate 1995-2002


Harvard Law School J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School International Law Journal, Submissions Editor 1995
The College of William and Mary B.A. History and French, with High Honors 1990

State of New York
State of Illinois
Co-author, “We Can Do This: Reopening the Non-Public Office Sector and Keeping It Open During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, Rutgers Business Law Journal October 2020
Author, “Retirement Plan ERISA Fiduciary Duties During the COVID-19 Crisis”, Confero Magazine, Issue 31, Westminster Consulting July 14, 2020
Speaking Engagements
“Missing Retirement Plan Participants and Other Hot Topics", SobelCo Cybersecurity Webinar November 2021
"EBP Legal Update: New Developments from the Courts, Congress and the Agencies”, 2021 Employee Benefit Plans, MOCPA Virtual Conference May 2021
"EBP Legal Update: New Developments from the Courts, Congress and the Agencies”, NJCPA Employee Benefit Plans Audit Conference May 2021
Virtual Lunch and Learn with Gateway Retirement Advisors February 24, 2021
Virtual Lunch and Learn with Gateway Retirement Advisors June 3, 2020
“Best Practices of Managing Your Multi-generational Workforce”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2019
“The Affordable Care Act (ACA): The Top 10 Things that should be on Every Employer’s Radar Screen”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Round Table November 2014
“Healthcare Reform: What’s Next for Employers?”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Webinar Presentation June 2014
SAGE Eldercare Board of Trustees, Summit, NJ
Summit Junior Fortnightly Club, President, Summit, NJ
Trustee, Overlook Hospital Foundation
President, Summit Junior Fortnightly Club
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