Of counsel, Wagner Law Group
Susan Rees has over 30 years of extensive experience with ERISA , at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., in the Office of the Solicitor, Plan Benefits Security Division, and in the Employee Benefits Security Administration. She is currently Of Counsel with the Wagner Law Group in Boston, Massachusetts, specializing in ERISA Title I matters for clients on fiduciary compliance, cybersecurity, and the development of law and agency guidance on multiple employer plans such as retirement MEPS, and PEPS under the SECURE Act. In her experience at the U.S. Department of Labor, culminating as a Division Chief for the Office of Regulations and Interpretations of EBSA, she provided advice to other components of EBSA, state and federal agencies, the public, and lawmakers and their staff. Throughout the course of her career, Ms. Rees has authored or provided valuable advice in the creation of many ERISA-related regulations, advisory opinions, field assistance bulletins, and other technical legal memoranda on complicated interpretive issues on ERISA preemption and employee benefit plan definitions. She has also been instrumental in providing advice on ERISA-related civil and criminal investigations, penalty proceedings and litigation, including on preparation of amicus briefs and on related federal statutes such as the Internal Revenue Code, FLSA, FMLA, ADEA, and the Administrative Procedures Act.
Ms. Rees is a Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, and Deputy Co-chair of an ABA Tax Section group specializing in multiple employer plans, and is frequently asked to speak at bar association and industry group meetings. She earned a J.D. from Suffolk University and B.A. from Boston University, and is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Massachusetts, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals in the 1st, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 9th, and D.C. Circuits.