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Susan S. Kleiman

Senior Attorney
Susan’s practice focuses on counseling clients on a variety of employee benefits and executive compensation matters which arise with respect to their tax-qualified retirement plans, non-qualified deferred compensation programs, tax-exempt retirement programs, and health and welfare arrangements.
Susan Kleiman, Senior Attorney, Washington, DC at Arent Fox

She has extensive experience on tax and regulatory issues involving matters under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code and related federal and state laws.

Client Work

Susan represents a diverse group of clients ranging from nonprofit/governmental employers to multinational corporations. In her retirement plan practice, Susan works with a broad base of retirement plans and sponsors, including Section 401(k) plans, Section 403(b) plans, employee stock ownership plans, profit-sharing plans, defined benefit plans, and money purchase pension plans. She works with clients on day-to-day compliance matters related to their qualified plans, such as drafting and design issues, participant communications and counseling committees on fiduciary matters. Susan works with clients to maintain the tax-qualified status of their retirement plans by filing determination letter submissions with the IRS, assisting clients with voluntary plan corrections under government compliance programs and responding to audits and investigations initiated by IRS, DOL, and PBGC. In this regard, Susan represents clients before the IRS, the US Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. She advises clients on 409A issues and other requirements impacting their deferred compensation and equity compensation arrangements. In her welfare practice, Susan counsels clients on a wide variety of health and welfare arrangements, including plan design, review and compliance issues, funding issues, COBRA and HIPAA issues and compliance with new legislation, such as the Affordable Care Act.

Susan advises public and private companies on employee benefits matters arising from corporate mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations.

Previous Work

Susan joined Arent Fox in 1998. Before entering private practice, she served as a staff attorney for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, the federal agency charged with overseeing the nation’s pension insurance program.

Professional Activities

Susan is an active member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.

Life Beyond the Law

Susan enjoys spending her time outside the office discovering new places to explore in the DC area with her husband and son. She is a tennis enthusiast and is a regular at the US Open in New York City each summer. She also enjoys running and competing in local road races to raise money for charity.

  • Industries
  • Bar & Court Admissions
    • District of Columbia Bar
    • Pennsylvania Bar
    • Texas Bar
  • Education
    American University, Washington College of Law
    cum laude
    Emory University
    with honors