Employee Benefits, Trustee Deadlock, and MPPAA


Mark is one of a handful of arbitrators in the country who has handled a significant number of cases under the various sections of ERISA. He was a participant in the very first joint International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans – American Arbitration Association training program after the passage of the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980 and has been arbitrating withdrawal liability cases ever since. He was the permanent arbitrator for trustee deadlocks under the United Mineworkers of America 1993 Benefit Plan for a number of years.

Representative Cases

  • Withdrawal Liability
    Reasonableness of actuarial assumptions, controlled group determination, construction industry exemption, year of withdrawal, calculation of payment schedule
  • Trustee Deadlocks
    Benefit levels, selection of actuary and other plan professionals, denial of benefits
  • Employee Benefits
    Appeals of eligibility determinations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association Panels for Employee Benefit Disputes, Multiemployer Pension Plan Withdrawal Liability Disputes
  • Massachusetts Bar Association – past positions include chairperson, Committee on Labor Contract Administration; member, Labor Law Section Executive Council; co-chair, Mediator Selection and Training Committee for MCAD Pro Bono Mediation Project; member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • American Bar Association – past neutral co-chair of ADR in Labor and Employment Law Committee
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Selected for
    The Best Lawyers in America
    New England Superlawyers
    Boston’s Best Lawyers