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Paul R. O'Rourke


Paul R. O'Rourke has practiced employee benefits (ERISA) law for 30 years, working with a wide range of clients from very large, publicly-traded employers to self-employed individual arrangements. 

Professional Biography

Clients include for-profit entities, as well as governmental, church and other tax-exempt entities. Mr. O'Rourke handles qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, executive compensation, regulatory issues and dispute resolution, cafeteria plans, welfare plans, COBRA and other benefit-related matters.

Mr. O'Rourke is often involved with regulatory compliance matters relating to these plans, whether through routine governmental filings, correction procedures for operational problems, and dispute resolution with the IRS and Department of Labor.

Mr. O'Rourke speaks at numerous seminars and programs on employee benefits, particularly in the tax-qualified retirement plan area.

  • Represented company in obtaining $3.5 million loan from a bank to help fund internal ESOP loan to finance buyout of remaining shares of company. Total purchase price of stock was approximately $4 million. Included intercreditor agreement with company's construction surety.
  • Listed since 2010 in The Best Lawyers in America® in Employee Benefits Law (ERISA) 
  • Member – American (Tax Section), Tennessee, Georgia and Memphis Bar Associations


  • New York University, LL.M. in Taxation, 1984
  • University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, J.D., 1983
  • Boston College, B.S., 1971


  • Tennessee, 1990
  • Georgia, 1985

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