Thomas M. White

Partner

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(312) 878-7131 Ext.207

Education

Northwestern University

J.D.

New College

B.A.

Previous Experience

Arnstein & Lehr (Partner)

Chicago-Kent College of Law (Adjunct)

Bars & Courts

  • State Bar of Illinois
  • U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Professional Experience

Thomas M. White specializes in the full scope of human resources management, such as Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Healthcare, and Employment Law. He began his practice shortly after ERISA was enacted. In this capacity, he has undertaken a full range of contentious, non-contentious and transactional benefits and employment work, and also has extensive experience in the development, documentation and administration of executive compensation programs. He has worked on behalf of clients ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 500 enterprises.

The benefit plans he has been involved with include:

  • Pension,
  • Profit sharing,
  • 401(k),
  • ESOPs,
  • And health and welfare benefit programs.

These plans have included private sector, public sector, Taft-Hartley and multiple employer plans.

Mr. White’s practice also covers a broad range of benefit administration matters, including those involving:

  • Fiduciary matters,
  • Negotiation of agreements between plans and service providers,
  • Benefit and compensation issues arising in M&A transactions,
  • COBRA continuation,
  • HIPPA privacy,
  • Reporting and disclosure requirements,
  • Benefit reduction, consideration,
  • 401(k),
  • Cost containment,
  • And MEPPA issues.

Mr. White has assisted consulting firms, trust departments, accounting firms, and investment firms regarding the services and products they provide to benefit plans. He both designs, as well as advises on, various executive compensation programs involving complex financial instruments for clients across the spectrum of business size. Specifically, he has designed:

  • 401(k) plans and VEBA programs for both union represented and government employees,
  • Executive compensation and benefit plans for both start up businesses and well-established enterprises,
  • And investment funds that have been marketed to private sector and governmental plan investors.

Mr. White has advised governmental clients and union-represented employers on their post-retirement welfare plan obligations (OPEB). He also has advised state legislators and municipal officials who have been examining methodologies to deal with the underfunded status of their pension and retiree healthcare plans. Beyond his decades-long career in designing and advising on compensation programs, Mr. White councils on negotiating the terms of alternative investment holdings, assists clients on buying and selling businesses, including various additional business transactions.

Mr. White serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Chicago-Kent College of Law where he teaches the ERISA course. He serves on the Board of the New College Foundation and is a member of its Finance and Investment Committees. Before joining Rimon, Mr. White practiced with Arnstein & Lehr in its Chicago office.

Publications

Mr. White regularly writes articles on compensation, employee benefits and ERISA issues. Recent publications include:

Mr. White is often quoted in articles for various publications, including:

  • “Are Annuities Right for Your Retirement?” Daily Finance (July 6, 2011)
  • “Cheers for 401 (k) Tiers,” Treasury & Risk (May 2011)
  • “Pensions under fire,” BenefitsPro.com (April 7, 2011)
  • “Navigating the Rules of Terminating a Pension Plan,” Compliance Week (January 2011)

Mr. White also frequently speaks on the subject of employment benefits and has taught seminars for investment professionals. He has spoken at:

  • The 51st Annual Employee Benefits Conference, sponsored by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
  • The Illinois CPA Society
  • The University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Chicago Kent Law School

Professional Activities and Achievements

Mr. White was recognized as one of the top business lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers magazine in 2011. Leading Lawyers recognized him again in 2014 and 2018 as one of the best benefits attorneys in the state.