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Claudia M. Brobst Senior Counsel

Claudia focuses her practice on employee benefits and executive compensation, advising clients on the development and maintenance  of qualified and non-qualified retirement and welfare benefit plans.  She provides counsel on a wide range of employee benefit matters, including compliance issues under IRS and Department of Labor rules, benefit considerations in mergers and acquisitions, employee communications and fiduciary concerns.


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Recent projects include:

  • Assisted a major corporation with the successful implementation of a complete restructuring of its 401(k) plan fund line-up, including reviewing and advising with respect to employee communications, service agreements and investment disclosure.
  • Obtained favorable compliance statements for clients in correction of operational matters under Internal Revenue Service Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System.
  • Counseled with respect to benefit plan diligence review, risk-assessment and resolution of issues in numerous mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.
  • Assisted with post-transaction integration of acquired entities into clients’ existing retirement programs, including identification and resolution of issues, plan documentation, and employee communications.
  • Ongoing counsel to several large clients with respect to day-to-day maintenance of qualified retirement plans and welfare plans.

Claudia is a member and past president of the Cleveland chapter of the Worldwide Employee Benefits (WEB) Network, serves on its local steering committee, and has been a frequent speaker for WEB. She also serves on the board of directors of Amigos de las Americas, Kent, Ohio chapter.

Before joining Calfee, Claudia was with Parker-Hannifin Corporation for 13 years, where she served as assistant general counsel, benefits. Prior to that, she was an attorney with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey and Willkie, Farr & Gallagher.   Claudia joined Calfee in 2006.