Christian Hancey is a partner in the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation group. He focuses on designing, reviewing and implementing a wide range of benefit and compensation programs structured to suit businesses and nonprofit organizations.
I counsel employers on all types of traditional benefit plans, including defined benefit pension plans, 401(k) and 403(b) plans, multiemployer plans, medical benefit plans, cafeteria plans, disability plans and other benefit plans.
I have substantial experience with executive compensation issues. For example, I draft stock-based compensation plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, supplemental executive retirement plans, severance plans, change-in-control agreements and stock-based compensation plans.
I am actively involved in the firm’s transactional practice, working with employers to manage the transition of employees and their benefits during and after a merger or acquisition, as well as ERISA issues arising when investing in and structuring private equity and similar investments.
Working with employers and administrative committees, I regularly advise on the fiduciary oversight of ERISA plans, including retirement plan investments, appropriate plan expenses and claims for benefits and other plan administration issues.
I also have significant experience advising employers on IRS and Department of Labor audits and enforcement action.
Regulatory reforms will continue to change the design and operation of retirement plans and group health plans, including recent health care reform legislation. I think employers will continue to seek more sophisticated techniques to enhance the value of employee benefit programs and better incentivize employees.
Pensions & Investments | December 06, 2017
Rochester labor and employment partner Christian Hancey and associate Jenny Holmes co-wrote this article on the Department of Labor’s new fiduciary rule regulations.
University Business | October 31, 2016
Rochester Labor & Employment partners Eric Paley and Christian Hancey are both quoted in this article discussing the impact retirement plan fee litigation, which many colleges and universities are facing, has on the higher education community.
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University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
Brigham Young University, B.A., magna cum laude
Christopher was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the fields of Commercial Litigation; Litigation—Construction; Product Liability Litigation—Defendants; and Trade Secrets Law. Christopher has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2015.
Christian has also been named a Recognized Practitioner in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (New York).
Christian was selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list in 2014-2015 in the area of employee benefits law.
Christian is a Board member of the Center for Youth. He is also a member of the Monroe County, New York State, and American bar associations (Section of Labor and Employment Law).