William E. Mason, Esq.
WILLIAM E. (BILL) MASON practices in two areas: ERISA/pensions & employee benefits; and technology transfer & commercialization.
Pension & Employee Benefits
Bill Mason provides assistance with the design, documentation, administration, audit, litigation, termination and qualification of all employee health and welfare and pension plans for both public and private employers. He counsels with Plan fiduciaries on ERISA and state law obligations, 401(k), Cafeteria (125), ESOPs, Profit-Sharing, Defined Benefit Pension, 403(b) (tax sheltered annuity), nonqualified deferred compensation (including 457 and 409A), supplemental executive retirement, stock options and stock appreciation rights, health, life insurance, disability insurance, auto leasing, and day care assistance plans. The Firm sponsors various prototype retirement plans. Mr. Mason represents clients before various agencies involved in employee benefit regulation, including the IRS and its Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System, Department of Labor and PBGC. He also deals with COBRA, Immigration and Naturalization Service compliance, EEO compliance planning, Fair Labor Standards Act compliance and audit, employee handbooks, employee terminations, layoffs, and disciplinary action, and all aspects of the employer-employee relationship.
Technology Transfer & Commercialization
Mr. Mason also provides legal services addressing intellectual property licenses and options, material transfer agreements, inter-institutional agreements, non-disclosure agreements, technology demonstration project agreements and management, operating and grant agreements, and research funding and agreements. He assists with the organization, maintenance, reorganization, redemptions, and liquidation of business entities, corporations, and partnerships arising out of technology transactions. Additionally, he works on the organization and application to the IRS for 501(c)(3) tax exempt determinations related to technology transfer.
Bill Mason has practiced law for over 35 years. He worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority from 1974-1986, Wagner Myers & Sanger PC, from 1986-1988, and William E. Mason PC, from 1988-2009. He joined Kennerly Montgomery in 2009. He is a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist, 1993, and Fellow, by examination, 1994 and 1995. He is a frequent speaker at regional professional meetings on pension and employee benefits topics, and he is the Chair of the Hillcrest Healthcare Board of Directors.
Areas of Practice
- Employee Benefits
- Harvard Law School – J.D. 1974
- University of Illinois – B.S. 1970
- Tennessee – 1986
- U.S. Supreme Court, Eastern District of Tennessee – 1990
- U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals – 1986
- Tennessee Bar Association
- Knoxville Bar Association
- American Bar Association
Articles & Publications
The Fiduciary Exception to the Attorney-Client Privilege: Who is the Client in the Administration of ERISA Benefits? - By: William E. Mason and Briton S. Collins (Paradigm Winter 2014)
Agricultural Contract Clauses For Supplying Energy Crops To The Biofuels Industry – Part II - By: William Mason and Brittany Brent Smith (Paradigm Fall 2013)