In his Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice, Zach researches and analyzes complex executive compensation plan-related questions, counsels employers on administrative and compliance matters related to their employee benefits plans and, in the past, provided assistance to clients in the court room regarding ERISA litigation matters.

In addition to his employee benefits practice, Zach also focuses his practice on general corporate and tax matters. He has counseled clients on compliance issues and proper operation of businesses, as well as researched complex tax issues in conjunction with corporate mergers. He also has provided guidance with respect to the Department of Labor’s “Fiduciary Rule.”

Outside of the office, Zach is actively engaged in the Cleveland community. He is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, where he participates in the “3Rs” program. Zach is also a member of Business Volunteers Unlimited’s “Young Ambassadors” program.

Prior to joining Calfee, Zach was an associate in the business group of a Cleveland-based law firm.

He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2016 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Cleveland State University in 2013. He is licensed to practice law in Ohio.

Zach recently advised clients regarding the following:

Qualified Retirement Plans

  • Preparing qualified plan restatement submissions, including multiple ESOP restatements.
  • Preparing EPCRS and VFCP filings to correct qualified plan failures.
  • Drafting compliance documentation for qualified plans, including summary plan descriptions, summaries of material modifications, and Section 10(a) prospectuses.

Non-Qualified Plans

  • Drafting non-qualified compensation documents, including plans and award agreements.
  • Providing guidance to clients with respect to 409A, 280G, and other tax rules related to non-qualified compensation.

Welfare Benefit Plans

  • Assisting in the drafting and implementation of welfare programs to ensure compliance with ERISA, COBRA, and HIPAA requirements.
  • Analyzing welfare plans’ compliance with the EEOC’s wellness program discrimination rules, including HIPAA, GINA, and ADA requirements.
  • Assisting clients in complying with the Affordable Care Act rules and requirements.

Litigation

  • Assisted in ERISA litigation matters, including benefit claims disputes and ESOP dispute.

Contact Zach

Practice Areas

Education

  • Case Western Reserve School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2016
  • Cleveland State University, B.A. magna cum laude, 2013

Admissions

  • State of Ohio

Contact Zach

  • zlafleur@calfee.com
  • 216.622.8213
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Practice Areas

  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Corporate and Capital Markets
  • Tax

Education

  • Case Western Reserve School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2016
  • Cleveland State University, B.A. magna cum laude, 2013

Admissions

  • State of Ohio