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    Biography

    Jeff Tour has the unique ability to combine attention to detail with big picture thinking to help clients navigate the complex world of employee benefits.  He guides businesses, ranging from small businesses to public companies and multinational corporations, as well as not for profit entities to help achieve their goals with the design, implementation, and administration of tax-qualified retirement plans, health plans, and non-qualified deferred compensation plans. Because he understands the intricacy of employee benefits and the enormous impact that his work has on businesses and their employees, Jeff is the attorney to have by your side when ensuring compliance, contemplating plan changes, planning for succession, or transitioning ownership.  Jeff partners with in-house attorneys, human resource professionals, and benefit plan service providers, navigating sensitive situations with all stakeholders to find what is right for his clients, their bottom line, and the welfare of their employees.  

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    Graduated cum laude, Syracuse University
    Graduated with honors, George Washington University

    Key Experience

    Redesign and implementation of organization-wide employee benefits structure of an international not for profit youth organization
    Advises clients on the impact of mergers and acquisitions on employee benefits, and assisting with plan terminations and integrations
    Experienced with employee benefits issues in tax-qualified plans, ESOPs, welfare benefit plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, and ERISA Title I issues

    Work Experience

    2009 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2003-2009 Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP
    1997-2003 Thompson Hine LLP

    Speaking Engagements

    Publications:

    "Early Retirement Window Benefits Under Final Section 401(a)(4) Regulations," Maxwell Macmillan Pension and Profit Sharing Pension Bulletin

    "Complex Temporary Regulations Cover Plan Compensation," The Journal of Taxation

    "Plan Termination Update: Impact of Pension Protection Act of 1987," Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal

    "Overview of Proposed Regulations on Single-Employer Plan Terminations under SEPPAA," Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal