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J.D., summa cum laude, Georgia State University College of Law, 2002 (six CALI awards, BNA Award for Excellence in Labor Law)
J.D., summa cum laude, Western State University College of Law, 1992 (Emphasis in taxation; six American Jurisprudence Awards, Law Review)
B.A., magna cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles, 1977 (Pi Gamma Mu)
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American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries
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Worldwide Employee Benefits
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Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA, is the managing partner of Ferenczy + Paul LLP, an employee benefits law firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Sacramento, California. She provides her clients with advice regarding qualified pension and profit sharing plans, nonqualified plans, and other benefit programs. Her expertise includes the design and implementation of retirement plans, consulting with clients on benefit plan issues in relation to mergers and acquisitions, representing companies and plans under audit by the IRS, DOL, and the PBGC, and consulting with clients regarding a myriad of planning, taxation, and fiduciary liability issues. She also advises third-party administrators of benefit plans regarding technical and practice matters. In addition to working with companies to develop various benefit programs, Ms. Ferenczy advises clients on the issues that arise on a day-to-day basis in these plans.
A member of the employee benefits community since 1977, Ms. Ferenczy was a Vice President of a Southern California pension administration company prior to going to law school. After her law school graduation, she specialized in ERISA at both Los Angeles and Atlanta law firms. Additionally, she has worked in the benefits practice of a "Big Five" accounting firm.
Ms. Ferenczy is a seasoned benefits professional, with experience in both the legal and technical aspects of employee benefit plans, as well as the practical administrative concerns that businesses and plan administrators face on a daily basis. She has earned the designations of Certified Pension Consultant from the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) and Accredited Pension Administrator from the National Institute of Pension Administrators.
Ms. Ferenczy is a nationally known speaker and has authored more than 70 articles on benefits topics for national journals including the Journal of Taxation of Employee Benefits, the Journal of Pension Benefits, where she is the Co-Editor-in-Chief, the Journal of Mergers and Acquisitions, and The ASPPA Journal. She is the author of Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions, an Aspen publication, which is in its 12th edition, as well as three textbooks on defined contribution plans for the ASPPA education and examination program. Ms. Ferenczy is also the author of The Plan Termination Answer Book, now in its fourth edition. In addition to being a frequent live presenter, she has also recorded numerous webcasts and other e-learning tools for several organizations. Ms. Ferenczy is an adjunct professor in the College of Law at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and on the Employee Benefits Advisory Board of the John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Ferenczy is the first female co-chair of ASPPA's Government Affairs Committee. She works with ASPPA to lobby for favorable pension legislation and workable DOL, IRS, and PBGC guidance in relation to retirement plans, is a member of the Management Team of the organization, and is a former member of the Board of Directors. Ms. Ferenczy is the 2007 recipient of ASPPA's Educator of the Year Award.
In 2012, Ms. Ferenczy was elected to membership as a Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, the highest honor awarded to ERISA lawyers.