About

Proactive, Experienced ERISA Attorneys Protecting Your Business

HBL offers employers comprehensive legal guidance on benefits in mergers and acquisitions, Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), executive compensation, health and welfare benefits, healthcare reform, and retirement plans. We counsel a wide spectrum of clients including small, mid-sized, and large companies, 401(k) investment advisors, health insurance brokers, accountants, attorneys, and HR consultants, just to name a few. HBL is passionate about advising clients, and we are dedicated to our mission: to provide comprehensive, personalized, and practical ERISA and benefits legal solutions that exceed client expectations.

Meet Our Team

Anne Tyler Hall – Founding Attorney and Principal

Robert Forman – Lead ERISA Counsel

Lawrence J. Eisenberg – Of Counsel

Mr. Eisenberg is an A-V rated attorney who has specialized exclusively in ERISA, pensions, executive compensation, and employee benefits for over 30 years. In addition to being an attorney, Mr. Eisenberg is a certified public accountant and registered investment advisor.

EDUCATION

  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • George Washington University Business School, Summa Cum Laude

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Extensive experience with employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs)
  • Addressing and resolving plan defects (operational and formal), including preparation and filing of self-correction submissions under both the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor correction programs (EPCRS, DFVCP, VFCP)
  • All matters related to tax-qualified plans maintained by public and privately held companies and tax-exempt organizations, including plan design and implementation, planning related to tax and ERISA compliance, drafting of plans and contracts, plan terminations, advice and consultation regarding qualified plan matters, determination letter filings, preparation of annual reports (Form 5500s), performance of annual testing requirements, including general nondiscrimination testing, and matters specifically related to collectively bargained plans
  • Extensive experience with employment contracts, severance agreements, change in control agreements, and related compensation matters
  • Represented clients before government regulatory agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, The Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
  • ERISA Title I, fiduciary, prohibited transaction, and plan asset matters
  • Equity-based compensation programs (e.g., nonqualified and incentive stock options, restricted stock, and employee stock purchase plans)
  • ERISA transaction matters, including planning, due diligence, and representation and warranty matters; golden parachute payment planning and analysis

Scott Santerre – Senior Compliance Counsel

Prior to joining Hall Benefits Law, Scott Santerre worked as an ERISA attorney as in-house counsel with some well-known insurance companies in their ERISA legal department, including New York Life and Standard Insurance Company. During his 11-plus years in the ERISA retirement space, he has assisted his companies’ clients maintain compliance with IRS and DOL regulations, draft and maintain retirement plan documents and amendments, and was the lead attorney for reviewing and advising on Qualified Domestic Relations Orders and preparing submissions to the DOL for correcting late remittance of deferrals and loan repayments.

During his free time Scott enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and their two dogs, walking around the neighborhood and exploring new sites and parks. He enjoys playing sports (baseball and basketball) and generally keeping active.

Member of ASPPA (American Society for Pension Professionals and Actuaries)

EDUCATION, TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS

  • B.A. in Psychology (2004), Boston University – Boston, MA
  • Juris Doctor (2007), Suffolk University Law School – Boston, MA
  • Qualified Pension Administrator (QPA)
  • Admitted to MA bar on June 2011
  • Admitted to OR bar on February 2019

Eric Schillinger – Senior Compliance Counsel

Eric Schillinger concentrates his practice in the areas of qualified, health and welfare, and nonqualified employee benefit plans, including pension, defined contribution, deferred compensation, health care, life insurance, disability, fringe, and other employer-provided benefits. He has extensive experience in helping employers comply with the various federal and state laws applicable to those plans, such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, the Securities Act of 1933, the Public Health Service Act, HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA, and Medicare.EDUCATION, TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • LL.M., Taxation, May 2013
    • Participated in joint JD/LLM program as a visiting student, May 2011 – May 2012.
    • Completed Intensive Summer Program – twelve Tax LL.M. units (including corporate and partnership tax) over ten weeks.
    • Returned to UC Davis for final year of law school (2012-2013).
  • University of California, Davis School of Law, Davis, CA
  • J.D., May 2013
    • Tax Law Society, 1L Board Representative, Business Law Journal.
  • Arizona State University, W.P, Carey School of Business, Tempe, AZ
  • B.S., Supply Chain Management, May 2010
    • Barrett Honors College, Project Excellence, 2008 and 2009.
    • One of 15 undergraduates selected to take courses at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Courses included Jurisprudence, Criminal Procedure, and Erroneous Convictions.

Kenneth Beaver – Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining Hall Benefits Law, Ken Beaver built the financial, personnel, and support operations for AmLaw 100 law firms and Fortune 100 companies. His capabilities include human resources, finance and accounting, information technology, process improvement, and growth management.

Ken achieved his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. He is part of the Association of Legal Administrators (National & Capital Chapters), Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) and International Facility Managers Association (IFMA). He has also received the following certifications: Quality Workshop Educator (Philip Crosby), Advanced Frontline Leadership Educator (Zenger Miller), Advanced Frontline Leadership Training (Zenger Miller).

Outside of the office, he is watching baseball and spending time with his family.

 

Michael J. Hannan, III – Of Counsel

Mr. Hannan obtained his law degree from the University of Georgia, where he published in and was an editor of the Georgia Law Review. He then began his practice in Atlanta in 1990. He has tried to verdict numerous professional liability, ERISA and insurance cases, and has litigated numerous class actions and commercial, nursing home, products liability and employment cases throughout the State of Georgia, in both state and federal courts, resulting in published appellate decisions in these areas. Mr. Hannan’s practice focuses on professional liability defense, insurance law, and employee benefits/ERISA (areas in which he has published and lectured), as well as products liability defense, class action defense and commercial litigation.

David Hall – Chief Marketing Officer

David was born and raised in Atlanta, he is an alumnus of Marist School, and he earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Wake Forest University. Prior to joining Hall Benefits Law as Firm Manager, David was the Southeastern District Sales Manager for School Outfitters, a role in which he consulted with school districts throughout the region. He served for five years as an account executive with Quench USA, traveling throughout the United States. David also enjoyed a nine-year career as a teacher at The Schenck School, a private school in Atlanta. He is an avid golfer and reader.

 

Andrew Tull – Business Development Coordinator

Prior to joining Hall Benefits Law, Andrew Tull worked to provide public relations and marketing support within the electronics, third-party logistics and transportation industries. His enthusiasm for building relationships according to the direct business needs of executives have led him to establish a welcoming and available presence to corporate plan sponsors.

Andrew has volunteered and worked with nonprofits for several years and enjoys providing frequent event support and student mentorship on their behalf. Outside of the office, Andrew enjoys spending time with his fiancée and staying active. Hiking and traveling to new places are two of his favorite activities.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science, Kennesaw State University (Public Relations), Graduated 2017

Catherine Long – Legal Administrative Assistant

Debbie Kerr – Administrative Support

Debbie Kerr serves as the administrative assistant for Hall Benefits Law. In this role, she supports the firm’s operational and administrative needs including:

  • PowerPoint presentation creation
  • Document management
  • Copy writing, proofing, and editing
  • Management of newsletters, blogs, and social media
  • Assistance with design and management of marketing materials

Debbie moved to South Africa with her parents when she was a teenager. For 29 years she called Johannesburg home, and she started her professional career there, becoming proficient in typesetting, proofreading, and graphic design for local printing companies.

Dusty Townson – Administrative Support

Sherry Markopoulos – ERISA Paralegal

Sherry joined Hall Benefits Law in 2017 after more than 30 years’ experience in taxes, employee benefits, tax organizations, and accounting. She has worked with attorneys for over twenty years in the area of employee benefits and ERISA, and prior to that she worked for the IRS for ten years. Sherry is adept at gathering information and documentation for attorneys, and she has the experience and ability to prepare EPCRS submissions, to draft determination letters and ruling requests, and to draft plan documents ranging from cafeteria plans and SPDs to wrap plans and participant forms. Her depth of experience is a perfect fit with Hall Benefits Law’s core values, and Sherry is a valued member of our “A” Team.