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David E. Morse

Fax +1.212.536.3901

Mr. Morse advises clients concerning all aspects of compensation and benefits, including issues involving the cost-effective design, funding, investment, administration, termination and legal compliance of pension, 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans, IRAs, and health and other welfare plans, employment contracts and executive compensation.

Mr. Morse is actively involved in the legal and practical issues involving states’ efforts to establish retirement and savings programs for the private sector. In addition to advising several states on the creation of these programs (sometimes known as “Secure Choice”), he has spoken and written about the ERISA, tax and securities laws implications at the Georgetown University for Retirement Initiatives, National Conference on Public Employees Retirement Systems, National Association of State Treasures and the Brookings Institute.

Mr. Morse has published over 50 articles and a book on retirement plan issues. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Benefits Law Journal since 2002 and is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.

Mr. Morse is featured in the United States Lawyer Rankings: The Nation’s Top 10 Lawyers - 2018 for the Tax category.  Lawyers are nominated for inclusion by members of the bar, judiciary, and by the senior management of large corporate and institutional clients.  The United States Lawyer Rankings was established by a consortium of United States corporations in order to recognize those lawyers who have consistently provided the highest degree of legal representation.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Editor-In-Chief, Benefits Law Journal (since 2002)
  • Fellow American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • Certified Public Accountant

Additional Information

Mr. Morse has been a guest on CNN and radio talk shows and quoted in Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Money Magazine, Newsweek and other publications on retirement planning issues.

Mr. Morse presented his white paper titled “State Initiatives to Expand the Availability and Effectiveness of Private Sector Retirement Plans” on behalf of the Georgetown University Center for Retirement Initiatives at the National Association of State Treasurers’ 2014 Issues Conference in New York City.