Fellow, The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
President, Governing Board of the Western Pension & Benefits Council
Member, The State Bar of California
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Bar Association of San Francisco
Past-President, San Francisco Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Council
Kevin Nolt focuses his practice on qualified retirement plans, including defined benefit plans (both traditional and cash balance plans) and defined contribution plans (401(k), profit sharing, ESOPs and money purchase pension plans), and plans of tax exempt entities and public schools and universities, including 403(b) and 457 plans. His clients include benefit plans, service providers and employers of all sizes and industries, including Fortune 50 companies.
Kevin works with clients regarding plan administrative issues; plan, SPD and amendment drafting; service provider and investment management agreement reviews; M&A due diligence and a variety of retirement plan qualification matters. Kevin has assisted clients with responding to and negotiating the successful completion of IRS and DOL plan audits. He has also prepared many applications on behalf of clients under the various IRS and DOL correction programs. He has been very successful in obtaining the IRS’s approval of creative corrective measures under VCP that provide the most cost-effective resolution for his clients.
Kevin regularly counsels employers about their fiduciary duties under ERISA, including with respect to plan governance, benefit claims, required plan notices, and selection and monitoring of plan service providers. He also provides fiduciary training to plan committees or to others who serve as the fiduciary of ERISA plans.
Kevin is Chair of the firm’s annual client seminar committee. He regularly presents and publishes content of the hottest issues for employers in ERISA and employee benefits. Most recently he presented “ERISA Pre-Approved and Customized Benefit Plans: Overhauled IRS Procedures and Determination Letter Process” to provide guidance to employers seeking to transition from individually designed to pre-approved plans.
Kevin has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (ACEBC). The ACEBC is an invitation-only organization of nationally-recognized employee benefits legal experts with twenty or more years of experience who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field.
Kevin serves as President of the Governing Board for the Western Pension & Benefits Council (WP&BC). He has also served as President of the San Francisco Chapter of the WP&BC for the 2017-2019 term, on the Board of Directors for nine years and also participated in its membership and program committees. WP&BC brings together professionals involved in pension and other employee benefits work to promote education, exchange information, and foster sound principles and practices in the field.
Kevin is recognized by Chambers and Partners as a leading lawyer for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, and he is listed as a Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney by Northern California Super Lawyers. He is a member of The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) and is involved with the National Institute of Pension Administrators (NIPA). He is also on the planning committee for the NIPA Annual Forum and Expo.