Overview

With over 30 years of legal experience, Mark J. Grushkin focuses on providing clients with employee benefit services involving mergers and acquisitions, retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and litigation. He has been involved in a wide variety of employee benefits matters, including:

  • Pension
  • Profit-sharing
  • Employee stock ownership
  • Stock appreciation rights
  • Phantom stock plans
  • Welfare and fringe benefits plans
  • Deferred compensation
  • Early retirement programs
  • Severance plans
  • Supplemental executive retirement arrangements

Mark has extensive experience representing employers in disputes and audits with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Labor (DOL), and other government agencies. He has represented large public corporations, small and mid-market companies, healthcare systems, nonprofit organizations, corporate trustees, and single-employer plans. Due to his extensive mergers and acquisitions experience, Mark also represents numerous private equity funds.

Mark offers an employee benefits screening review for his clients, in which he replicates the company’s IRS and DOL audits. Through this analysis, he often discovers significant plan issues which may be advantageously corrected thus avoiding serious tax consequences in the event IRS or DOL audits.

Mark has authored and co-authored articles on:

  • New benefits legislation
  • Cafeteria plans
  • COBRA continuation coverage rules
  • Tax laws and deferred compensation plans

He also has been a speaker and panelist addressing numerous groups on employee benefits, including the Practicing Law Institute, State Bar of California, California CPA Society, American Society of Pension Actuaries, and the University of Southern California Tax Institute. 

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Employee Benefits Committee Subsection

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Member

Employee Benefits Committee Subsection

Beverly Hills Bar Association

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2012-2017

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

Speaking Engagements

Retirement Plans Under Attack by Plan Participants and Government Agencies: An Action Plan for Employers

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 5, 2016

2016 Employee Benefits Summit - Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

January 14, 2016

Effective Methods of Dealing with the Affordable Care Act

San Diego, CAIrvine, CA

August 5, 2014

Effective Methods of Dealing with the Affordable Care Act

Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CAIrvine, CA

August 1, 2014

Effective Methods of Dealing with the Affordable Care Act

Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

June 26, 2014

Complying with Healthcare Reform

Total Rewards Conference - Silicon Valley Compensation Association (SVCA), San Francisco, CA

November 8, 2013

Defense of Marriage Act

Labor and Employment Law Seminar - California Hospital Association, Glendale, CA

November 6, 2013

ACA Preparation: No Time Like the Present

Labor and Employment Law Seminar - California Hospital Association, Sacramento, CA

October 29, 2013

Health Care Reform Compliance

The Total Rewards Conference - Northern California Human Resources Association and Silicon Valley Compensation Association, San Francisco, CA

September 19, 2013

Health Care Reform – What Does it Mean to You?

Irvine, CALos Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

February 6, 2013

Health Care Reform – What Does it Mean to You?

Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CAIrvine, CA

February 5, 2013

Affordable Care Act: Implementing Federal and State Regulations

2012 Annual Conference - CALSAGA, Anaheim, CA

October 18, 2012

Benefit Plans Under Attack at Home and Abroad

Irvine, CALos Angeles, CALos Angeles, CASan Diego, CA

May 30, 2012

Health in a Handbasket - Where Healthcare is Headed and What Employers Should Do about It

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

Retirement Plan Trends and the Widening Gulf of Fiduciary Responsibility

Firm Presentation

October 10, 2005

Retirement Plan Trends and the Widening Gulf of Fiduciary Responsibility

41st Annual Conference - American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration

July 1, 2004

Education

  • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 1978
  • B.S., California State University, Los Angeles, 1975

Bar Admission

California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California