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Practicing law since 1999, Glenn D. Gunnels has extensive experience advising clients in transactions involving employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), including the drafting and administration of ESOPs, drafting and negotiating stock purchase agreements and financing and loan documents, and the preparation of ancillary documents such as incentive plans, employment agreements and corporate documentation. Mr. Gunnels has broad experience in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation. He regularly assists clients with the implementation and administration of tax-qualified retirement plans such as 401(k), profit sharing, defined benefit, and 403(b) plans. In addition, he  advises clients with respect to health and welfare benefit plan issues, including issues relating to the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA and COBRA. He also assists clients with the drafting and administration of executive compensation arrangements, including stock options, supplemental retirement plans, management performance plans, bonus arrangements and employment agreements. Mr. Gunnels advises clients in a broad range of ERISA and Internal Revenue Code issues, including fiduciary duties, regulatory changes, governmental filing and compliance requirements, and merger and acquisition related issues. As part of his practice, he drafts and amends plan documents, summary plan descriptions, summaries of material modifications, other plan participant communications and administrative forms, business associate agreements, and HIPAA privacy and security forms. He also assists clients with DOL audits and DOL and IRS corrective programs, including Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS).

His clients have ranged from large, publicly-traded corporations to small, closely-held companies, and he has represented clients before government agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Formerly a partner with the national law firms of Schiff Hardin LLP and Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP, Mr. Gunnels earned his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago and an MBA from the University of Memphis. Prior to attending law school, he served as the managing director and financial manager for a health care company.


State Bar of Georgia

District of Columbia Bar

Community Involvement

Boy Scouts of America, Membership Chair–Pack 1132, 2016-present

Vienna Little League, Coach, 2015-present

Arlington County (VA) School Board, Budget Advisory Council, 2013-2014

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Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, JD, 1998

The University of Memphis, MBA, 1994

The University of Memphis, BBA, Finance, 1990

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District of Columbia