Robert C. Christenson
Bob Christenson is a partner in the firm's Atlanta office. Since 1974 -- the year the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was enacted -- Bob has specialized in all aspects of employee benefits law, concentrating on Taft-Hartley multiemployer plans, collective bargaining, and ERISA litigation.
Bob has extensive experience with benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions, as well as with amendment and termination of pension plans and retiree health benefits in bankruptcy. Bob represents employers in connection with government 401(k) and welfare plan audits, and he regularly deals with plan correction programs established by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL).
Bob advises plan fiduciaries with respect to their obligations under ERISA, and he conducts reviews of benefit plans and plan procedures to ensure legal compliance. Bob also advises clients about their Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) obligations, and about Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements with respect to plan design, privacy, and security.
He is experienced with all types of benefit plans in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, including qualified plans, non-qualified executive compensation plans, and welfare plans such as insured and self-insured health arrangements, disability plans, life insurance plans, cafeteria plans, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Flex Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs).
Bob is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and, in 2004, was selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers for his work in the employee benefits and ERISA practice area.
Honors & Leadership
Bob is a frequent speaker around the country on employee benefits issues, and he has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Bob has also been interviewed on national television programs such as "48 Hours", "Dateline NBC" and "Court TV." Bob also served as a Field Artillery, First Lieutenant XO, and FDO & Battery Commander in the Army from 1968-1971.
Bob serves as a coach with Atlanta's Northside Youth Organization and with Atlanta's Top Hat Soccer Club. Bob is also a member of the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association, and the Atlanta Chapter of the Northwestern University Alumni Association.
- Latest Edition Written by Fisher Phillips Labor and Employment Attorneys8.11.09
- Employee Benefits
- Qualified and Nonqualified Retirement Plans
- Profit Sharing and Defined Contribution Plans
- Multi-Employer Pension Liability
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
- Health and Welfare Plans
- Employee Retirement Income Security Act
- Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
- Sarbanes Oxley Act
- Automotive Manufacturing
- Government Relations
- Affordable Care Act
- Mergers, Acquisitions, and Downsizing
- Loyola University Chicago School of LawJ.D., cum laude
- Northwestern UniversityB.S.
- Georgia Court of Appeals
- Georgia Supreme Court
- Supreme Court of Illinois
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. Supreme Court