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Harold J. Ashner

Harold J. Ashner is a partner in the law firm of Keightley & Ashner LLP. He served as Assistant General Counsel for Legislation and Regulations at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, where he drafted or supervised virtually all regulations and policies issued by the PBGC from 1988 until he left to form Keightley & Ashner LLP in early 2005.These regulations and policies covered a broad range of PBGC issues, including premiums, reportable events, annual employer reporting, participant notices, penalties, standard and distress terminations, valuation of benefits, and payment of benefits.

Harold was recognized as a Washington, DC, Super Lawyer every year from 2008 to 2015, was named 2014 Lawyer of the Year for Washington, DC, in the Employee Benefits category by Corporate LiveWire, was named USA "Lawyer of the Year" in the "Employee Benefits" category as part of the "ACQ Law Awards 2014," was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 list in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, and has a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 from Martindale.

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  He is the author of several publications on PBGC and related matters, and is a frequent speaker on such matters at professional conferences sponsored by the American Bar Association, the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries, the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, and other organizations. Harold was elected in 2001 as a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and has served as a member of its Board of Governors.  
  Harold also served in various capacities with the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board and its predecessor organizations, conducting administrative hearings at the field office level and preparing decisions for the full Board at the headquarters level. While at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, he coordinated OPM intervention in MSPB appeals, advised and trained Federal legal and human resources officials throughout the government on Federal employment law, and developed government-wide regulations and policies on adverse actions and performance-based actions. Harold is the author of several publications on Federal employment law, including Winning at the Merit Systems Protection Board: A Step-By-Step Handbook for Federal Agency Supervisors, Managers, Lawyers, and Personnel Officials (Dewey Publications, 2002, 900 pp.) and Representing the Agency Before the Merit Systems Protection Board: A Handbook on MSPB Practice and Procedure (Dewey Publications, 1997, 600 pp.), both widely used handbooks throughout the Federal government legal and human resources community on taking and defending disciplinary and performance-based actions. Harold has been a frequent speaker on Federal employment law issues at professional conferences sponsored by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Society of Federal Labor & Employee Relations Professionals, FDR Conferences, Inc., the Federal Employment Law Training Group, and other organizations.  
  In 2002, Harold was appointed as a Senior Fellow of the Council for Excellence in Government. He has a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany and a J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, and is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and of New York. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits of the John Marshall Law School, the American Bar Association (Taxation, Business Law, Labor and Employment Law, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Sections); D.C. Bar Association (Administrative Law and Agency Practice, Labor and Employment Law, and Taxation Sections); American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (Government Affairs Committee); and PBGC Alumni Association.  
  Harold is active in the American Bar Association, serving as:  
PBGC Liaison for (and former Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Defined Benefit Plans of) the Employee Benefits Committee, Section of Taxation;
Co-Vice Chair (and former Chair) of the Plan Transactions and Terminations Committee of the Employee Benefit Plans and Other Compensation Arrangements Group, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law;
Co-Chair of the Corporate Plan Terminations & Benefit Insurance Subcommittee of the Employee Benefits Committee, Section of Labor and Employment Law; and
Chair of the Bankruptcy Subcommittee of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Committee, Business Law Section.

Contact information:

Harold J. Ashner
Keightley & Ashner LLP
700 12th Street, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 558-5147
Fax: (202) 330-5490
Mobile: (703) 626-3433