Harold J. Ashner

Washington, DC

Harold Ashner is a partner at Keightley & Ashner LLP, a boutique law firm focusing on Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation matters. He previously served as Assistant General Counsel for Legislation and Regulations at the PBGC, where he drafted or supervised virtually all regulations and policies issued by the PBGC from 1988 until he left the agency in early 2005, along with PBGC's General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel, to form his PBGC-focused law firm. 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. He is the author of several publications on PBGC-related matters and a frequent speaker on such matters at professional conferences, is often quoted in the media, has served as an Officer and a Member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, and is routinely retained by major law firms, actuarial consulting firms, investment banking firms, and employers to deal with a wide variety of PBGC-related issues.

Actuarial Issues
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Throughout my time at PBGC and thereafter in my law practice, I have dealt with a wide variety of defined benefit plan actuarial issues in areas such as minimum funding, statutory liens, PBGC premiums, PBGC reporting, and calculation of PBGC liabilities in connection with plan terminations.

PBGC Issues
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I served as Assistant General Counsel for Legislation and Regulations at the PBGC, where I drafted or supervised virtually all regulations and policies issued by the PBGC from 1988 until I left the agency in early 2005, along with PBGC's General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel, to form a PBGC-focused law firm, Keightley & Ashner LLP. Since then, I have routinely been retained by major law firms, actuarial consulting firms, investment banking firms, and employers to deal with a wide variety of PBGC-related issues.