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Ron Bradshaw

Ron is a founding member of Bradshaw & Bickerton PLLC and formerly practiced at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.  He has over 20 years of experience practicing employee benefits, ERISA, executive compensation, and tax law. Ron is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for employee benefits (ERISA) law.



BIO


Education and Professional Background

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with highest honors, 1995 (Chancellors; Order of the Coif; Associate Editor, Texas Law Review)
  • Baylor University, Master of Taxation, 1989
  • Baylor University, B.B.A., Accounting magna cum laude, 1988
  • Tax Manager, Big Four public accounting firm, 1989 – 1992
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Judicial clerk to the Honorable Jacques L. Wiener, Jr., U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1995 – 1996
  • Admitted to practice: Texas, 1995; U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America® in employee benefits (ERISA) law, 2009 - 2016
  • The Best Lawyers® 2014 Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Austin
  • Texas Super Lawyer in employee benefits (ERISA) law, 2014 - 2015
  • "Texas Rising Star" in employee benefits/ERISA law (a Thompson Reuters service published in Texas Monthly), 2004 – 2006

Representative Experience

  • Advised multiple clients with respect to the merger of 401(k) plans acquired as a result of business acquisitions, which included drafting merger documents and amended and restated plan documents
  • Represented client in connection with termination of defined benefit pension plan and use of excess plan assets
  • Advised numerous clients with respect to the correction of errors and other noncompliance situations relating to qualified retirement plans, including representation before the IRS in connection with requests under the Voluntary Compliance Program
  • Advised multiple clients on Affordable Care Act issues and group health plan compliance matters
  • Represented clients in structuring and drafting of equity compensation plans, which included drafting plan and various types of award agreements for both U.S. employees and employees working abroad
  • Represented various clients in connection with the establishment of nonqualified deferred compensation plans and supplemental executive retirement plans, which included drafting plans and funding vehicle documents and Code section 409A compliance
  • Represented privately held client with respect to the establishment and design of phantom appreciation rights plan
  • Served as transactional benefits and compensation attorney for numerous corporate mergers and acquisitions in various industries
  • Represented governmental pension plan with respect to plan fiduciary matters and plan investment transactions
  • Assisted multiple clients with drafting and amending welfare plan documents
  • Advised multiple clients with respect to HIPAA compliance matters
  • Advised Fortune 500 company with respect to complex prohibited transaction issue under ERISA relating to proposed transactions involving welfare benefit plans

Contact Ron


Direct Phone:  (512) 382-9712

Fax:  (512) 233-0083

ron@bradshawbickerton.com


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Maria Elena Bickerton

Maria is a founding member of Bradshaw & Bickerton PLLC and formerly practiced at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.  She has over 13 years of experience practicing employee benefits, ERISA, executive compensation, and tax law. Maria is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for employee benefits (ERISA) law.



BIO


Education and Professional Background

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with highest honors, 2001 (Chancellors; Order of the Coif; Texas Law Review)
  • University of Texas, B.A. Latin American Studies with highest honors, 1997 (Phi Beta Kappa; Golden Key National Honor Society)
  • Judicial clerk to The Honorable Betty B. Fletcher, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2001-2002
  • Admitted to practice: Texas, 2001
  • Other Language: Fluent in Spanish

Professional Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers® 2016 Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Austin
  • The Best Lawyers in America® for employee benefits law, 2013-2016
  • "Texas Rising Star" (a Thompson Reuters service published in Texas Monthly), 2006-2007, 2009, 2014-2015

Representative Experience

  • Advised clients on a variety of Affordable Care Act matters, including employer shared responsibility, health reform mandates, and new reporting issues
  • Advised client with respect to spin-offs, mergers, and terminations of numerous 401(k) plans as a result of business reorganization
  • Represented clients in IRS determination letter filings for qualified plans, including 401(k) plans, cash balance plans, and other defined benefit plans
  • Represented clients in the correction of qualification failures of 401(k) plans through the Internal Revenue Service's Employee Plan Compliance Resolution System
  • Assisted national and international companies with Internal Revenue Code section 409A compliance
  • Assisted Fortune 500 company with various ERISA welfare plan compliance issues
  • Represented clients in corporate transactions by conducting due diligence, reviewing and revising merger agreements, and analyzing tax and ERISA consequences with respect to the employee benefits/executive compensation issues involved in such transactions
  • Assisted Fortune 500 company with significant restatement of its defined benefit and defined contribution plans
  • Advised clients with respect to negotiating, drafting, amending, and interpreting employee benefits, compensation, and severance provisions in employment agreements
  • Served as ERISA counsel on litigation teams representing Fortune 500 company in defense of ERISA class actions

Contact Maria


Direct Phone:  (512) 382-9714

Fax:  (512) 233-0083

maria@bradshawbickerton.com


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