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J.D., with honors, Emory University School of Law, 2003
B.S., University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1993
Georgia, 2003 (Employee Benefits Section, member)
Benefits Conference of the South, Co-Chair
American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries
ASPPA Benefits Council of Atlanta
Worldwide Employee Benefits
State Bar of Georgia
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Matthew J. Cristy, J.D., is an associate attorney with Ferenczy + Paul LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, where he practices employee benefits law. He focuses on qualified plans, nonqualified plans, executive compensation, and governmental plans. Matt works with clients to design retirement plans, compensation agreements, employment procedures and policies, and severance agreements. He also advises clients on the day-to-day operation of these plans and programs and ongoing issues employers face in implementing and maintaining benefits programs.
Matt's experience covers a wide variety of benefit plan issues arising under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code, including work related to Section 401(k) plans, traditional defined benefit pension plans, Section 403(b) tax-sheltered annuities, Section 457 deferred compensation plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), voluntary employees' beneficiary associations (VEBAs), and welfare benefit plans.
Matt writes frequently on employee benefits and tax law matters. His article "Performance-Based Compensation Under Section 162(m) – A Recap of the Rules for Equity-Based Compensation and Clarifications Provided by the Treasury Department" will be published in the Spring edition of the Journal of Pension Benefits.
Matt speaks frequently on employee benefits matters for such organizations as the Georgia Society of CPAs, Worldwide Employee Benefits (WEB) Network, and the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA).
He serves as co-chair of Benefits Conference of the South, the Southeast regional conference sponsored by ASPPA and the IRS. Matt is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Bar's Employee Benefits Section, WEB Network, and ASPPA. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Court of Appeals of Georgia, and Georgia's superior courts.
While attending Emory University School of Law, Matt was Research Editor of the Emory Bankruptcy Development Law Journal, a James L. Colson Scholar, and a recipient of the Dean's Public Service Award.