Kurt L.P. Lawson

Washington, DC

Kurt Lawson is a partner in the D.C. office of Hogan Lovells US LLP. He works on a broad range of employee benefit and executive compensation matters, primarily for plans, plan sponsors and plan service-providers, as well as on employment tax issues. Particular areas of interest include tax-qualified plans, deferred compensation plans for tax-exempt entities, Title I and Title IV issues, and health plan regulation. From 1989-1993, he worked in the Office of Tax Policy at the Treasury Department on, among other things, the 401(a)(4) regulations, the QSLOB regulations, the revised 401(k) regulations, the 3121(v) regulations, revised 404A regulations, and employee misclassification issues, and served on the Clinton task force on health care reform. He is active in the ABA Tax Section, has worked on many comments and committees and served in various leadership positions. In 2008-2009 he chaired the Tax Section's Employee Benefits Committee, and he currently serves as a Tax Section Council Director. He has published many articles on subjects from Section 457 to health reform, and teaches the tax-qualified plans course as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia in 1985 and B.A. and M.A. (in Economics) degrees from Yale University in 1982. He is also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.