Matthew Chiarello focuses his practice on employee benefits, including compliance with the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) and the Internal Revenue Code. To that end, Matthew regularly assists employers in the design, administration and documentation of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation programs.
Matthew’s experience is varied and dynamic in order to keep pace with the ever-evolving landscape of employee benefits law. In particular, Matthew has navigated investigations of both retirement and medical plans by the Department of Labor and corrected qualified plan failures with the Internal Revenue Service. He also helps resolve benefits integration and other issues arising in the context of complex corporate transactions. Likewise, Matthew analyzes executive compensation arrangements and employment agreements with a focus on compliance with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.
In addition, Matthew helps employers comply with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), COBRA and other federal laws applicable to health and welfare plans. Of note, Matthew has helped employers comply with the reporting requirements of the ACA and has abated multi-million dollar large employer shared responsibility penalties assessed by the Internal Revenue Service via the Letter 226J and Notice 972CG.
Matthew is a contributor to Snell & Wilmer’s Benefits Blog, which offers analysis and commentary on employee benefits and executive compensation matters. He is also an active member of the Firm’s Hiring and Community Involvement Committees.
William & Mary Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2015)
Order of the Coif
Notes Editor, William & Mary Law Review (2013-2015)
Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, President (2012-2015)
Student Legal Services, Director (2012-2015)
University of Pennsylvania (B.A., Political Science and English, summa cum laude, 2012)
Study Abroad: King's College London
Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania
Western Pension & Benefits Council
Board Member (2019-present)
Spring Conference Committee Chair (2018-present)
Spring Conference Committee Co-Chair (2017)
Spring Conference Committee Member (2016-present)
Snell & Wilmer Summer Program, Lead Assigning Attorney (2020)
Assigning Attorney (2019)
Snell & Wilmer Hiring Committee (2019-present)
Snell & Wilmer Community Involvement Committee (2016-present)