BOSTON, Aug. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marcia Wagner, the Managing Director of The Wagner Law Group, widely recognized as the country’s top ERISA and employee benefits law firm, is pleased to announce that attorney Patrice Maloney-Knauff will be joining the firm as Of Counsel, effective as of August 23, 2017. “Our firm’s already unparalleled ERISA and investment law practice will be greatly enhanced with Patrice’s extensive experience in that realm; we are delighted to have her join us,” says Ms. Wagner.
Ms. Maloney-Knauff is a seasoned corporate attorney with over 25 years of experience advising pension plans, insurance companies and investment managers, specializing in ERISA plan investing, derivatives, and asset management. Prior to joining The Wagner Law Group, Ms. Maloney-Knauff served as Allstate Insurance Company’s Investment and Business Transactions Corporate Counsel for nearly two decades. In that capacity, she served as lead investment counsel to pension plans and advised Allstate and its investment clients on all matters relating to pension plan investments. She reviewed and negotiated ERISA plan investment transaction documents for transactions involving derivatives, private equity, hedge funds, securities lending, repurchase, and security forward transactions, and analyzed transactions for prohibited transactions and other issues. Ms. Maloney-Knauff has acted as counsel to investment committees for defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans, including analysis and drafting of investment policies and guidelines, and advising the committees on governance structure. She has also drafted, negotiated and managed investment management agreements with in-house asset managers, external managers, and independent fiduciaries, and has negotiated and managed trust agreements. Ms. Maloney-Knauff has served as counsel on internal and external audits, including periodic DOL audits and annual INHAM audits, and managed RFI/RFP processes for external managers, funds, and independent fiduciaries. She is a graduate of The John Marshall Law School and Northern Illinois University, and is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Connecticut.
The Wagner Law Group:
The Wagner Law Group has been dedicated to the highest standards of integrity, excellence and thought leadership for over two decades and is considered to be the most exceptional ERISA and employee benefits law firm. The firm has six offices, providing unparalleled legal advice to its clients, including large, small and nonprofit corporations as well as individuals and government entities, in over 45 states and several foreign countries. The Wagner Law Group’s 29 attorneys combine many years of experience in their specialty fields of practice with a variety of backgrounds. Seven of the attorneys are AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell as having very high to preeminent legal abilities and ethical standards. Six attorneys have been named to the prestigious Super Lawyers list for 2017, which highlights outstanding lawyers based on a rigorous selection process. The Wagner Law Group is certified as a woman-owned and operated business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.