Biography

Chuck Campbell represents public and private sector clients in all areas of employee benefits and executive compensation. He regularly assists clients in the design, drafting, and compliance aspects of retirement plans (including 401(k), 403(b), and traditional pension plans), health and disability plans, deferred compensation plans (including handling aspects of 409A and 457 compliance), stock option and other equity compensation plans, severance arrangements, and executive employment agreements. In addition, a significant part of his practice involves representing public pension plans and their trustees. Chuck has unique experience addressing the varied issues that these organizations face, including issues surrounding plan administration, tax-qualified plan compliance, fiduciary responsibility, and plan investments.

Chuck also has extensive experience in handling the employee benefit issues involved in mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions, including the drafting and negotiation of relevant provisions in the transaction documents and the handling of the various transition issues that arise in such transactions. Because his practice focus is on federal income tax and ERISA issues, Chuck also represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor, including the filing of determination letter requests and submitting retirement plans under the voluntary correction program of the IRS.

Career Highlights

  • Restructure entire compensation program for large privately held company, including termination of existing non-qualified plans in compliance with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, designing and drafting new long-term incentive compensation plans for executives and all employees, review existing annual bonus incentive plan, and negotiate and draft employment agreements for key executives.
  • Perform detailed analysis relating to various documentation and operational issues arising under large employer’s 401(k) plan, including advise client with respect to corrective action under the IRS’ Employee Plan Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS), prepare Voluntary Correction Program filing with the IRS, and complete filing under Department of Labor’s Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program.
  • Address all employee benefit issues in significant acquisition involving a publicly traded company, including advise client on all executive compensation issues arising due to change in control (severance, stock option vesting, etc.), analysis on potential withdrawal liability in connection with participation in multi-employer plan, and negotiate process for benefit transition in connection with transaction.
  • Handle all legal matters for large municipal retirement system, including preparing request for determination letter on qualified status of the plan, drafting legislation and administrative rules with respect to plan design and operational matters, reviewing all benefit claims and qualified domestic relations orders, advising Board of Trustees on fiduciary implications of relevant actions, and reviewing and negotiating investment agreements.
  • Counsel large multi-national corporation on health and welfare benefit plan matters, including eligibility issues under health plan, administrative issues relating to health flexible spending account plan and review of various plan communications to participants.
  • Draft and implement broad-based stock incentive plan for local publicly-traded corporation, including design of vesting provisions tied to specific individual and organizational performance goals.
  • Negotiate employment agreements and other compensation arrangements for chief executive officer, presidents, and other executive officers on behalf of various clients, including publicly traded corporations, large privately-held companies, federal credit unions, large non-profit institutions and private universities.
  • Prepare investment policy statement in connection with hiring of new investment consultant by governmental defined contribution plan, including review and negotiation of investment consulting agreement.

Community

  • National Association of Public Pension Attorneys
  • Travis County Bar Association
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Austin Human Resources Management Association.
  • Junior Achievement of Central Texas
    • Board of Trustees, 2003-2011
    • Executive Committee
  • Good Shepherd Episcopal School
    • Board of Trustees, 2007-2011
    • President, 2008-2010
  • Memorial Endowment Fund of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Board of Trustees
  • West Austin Youth Association
    • Soccer Coach
    • Basketball Coach
    • Flag Football Coach

News & Events

  • News & Publications
  • Speeches
  • Attorney News

    Jackson Walker ERISA Attorneys Speak at Fiduciary Forum

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  • Attorney News

    Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 94 Jackson Walker Attorneys

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  • Publication

    The Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rule: Frequently Asked Questions for Private Fund Advisers

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  • Spotlight

    Supreme Court Revisits Stock Drop Fiduciary Standards

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  • Spotlight

    Supreme Court Rules No ERISA Plan Recovery of Nontraceable Settlement Funds

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  • Publication

    Fifth Circuit Upholds ERISA Disability and Life Benefit Denials

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  • Press Releases

    Jackson Walker Represents Tabernus in its Acquisition by Regenersis

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  • Attorney News

    Chuck Campbell Speaks at Texas Association of Certified Public Accountants Annual Meeting

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2016

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  • Highlights

    IRS Reduces Cost to Fix Some Missed Deferral Errors

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  • Client Results

    Jackson Walker Represents Freeman Group in Series A Investment in Pixia Corp.

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  • Highlights

    Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Tax Subsidies

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  • Highlights

    Supreme Court Vacates Ruling on Time-Barred ERISA Claims

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  • Highlights

    IRS Begins Development of Cadillac Tax Guidance

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  • Publication

    Six Months after ‘Dudenhoeffer’ – How Are We Faring?

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  • Press Releases

    Jackson Walker Represents Periscope Holdings, Inc. in Investment Transaction

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  • Publication

    Reasonable Fee Issues for Fiduciaries on the Horizon

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  • Press Releases

    Jackson Walker Represents Scott Felder Homes in Acquisition by BR Homebuilding Group, L.P.

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2015

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  • Publication

    Supreme Court Strikes Down Presumption of Prudence to ESOP Fiduciaries

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  • Press Releases

    Jackson Walker Represents BMC Software in Acquisition of Canadian App Store Partnerpedia

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  • Press Releases

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2014

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    Jackson Walker Doubles Down on Data Center Services

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  • Press Releases

    Chuck Campbell and Jim Griffin Speak on Post-Election Health Reform

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  • Press Releases

    Jackson Walker Represents Select Milk Producers in Joint Venture with The Coca-Cola Company

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  • Press Releases

    Jackson Walker Nationally Ranked in 23 Areas in ‘Best Law Firms’ Guide

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  • Press Releases

    Jackson Walker Represents Zachry Holdings in Acquisition of JV Industrial

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  • Press Releases

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2013

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  • Press Releases

    Chuck Campbell Speaks on Issues Impacting Pension Plan Trustees

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  • Press Releases

    Chuck Campbell Speaks on 401(k) Plan Administrative and Testing Issues

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Fiduciary Forum, John Hancock Investments and TIAA-CREF, October 2017

"Fiduciary Compliance and Your 401(k) Plan-Our Top 10 Tips," Dimensional Fund Advisors DC Spotlight Webinar Series (March 2016)

"Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation," Texas Association of Certified Public Accountants Annual Meeting (August 2015)

"Executive Compensation, Stock Options and Severance," Association for Corporate Counsel (February 2015)

"Health Reform Update: Getting Ready for 2014," Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP Seminar (August 2013)

"Healthcare Reform After the Election: Getting Ready for 2014," Jackson Walker Symposium for Business Owners (March 2013)

"So You Want to Invest in Alternatives? A Fiduciary Primer to Starting and Managing Alternative Asset Investment Programs," National Association of Public Pension Attorneys 2012 Legal Education Conference(June 2012)

Public Pension Plans in Texas: Impressions from the Public Conference (2012)

"401(k) Plan Administrative and Testing Issues," Southwest Benefits Association (March 2012)

"Current Legal Issues Facing Your Fund," Texas Local Fire Fighters Retirement Act Educational Conference, Lufkin (September 2014); Lubbock (September 2013); Galveston (September 2012)