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William E. Robinson

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Bill Robinson concentrates his practice in ERISA and Employee Benefits.

Featured Videos

DOL Audit Preparation: Fiduciary Liabilities, Identity Theft and Online Security April 26, 2016
DOL Audit Preparation: Fiduciary Training and Upcoming Regulatory Changes January 14, 2016
DOL Audit Preparation: Fiduciary Training Module 1 Webinar November 17, 2015

Professional Biography


Mr. Robinson has extensive experience in the areas of pension and welfare benefits. He also provides advice on benefit plans in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Robinson has represented multi-employer pension and welfare plans and advises corporate clients on multi-employer plan issues. Mr. Robinson also represents governmental entities in connection with retirement plan matters. He represents both "for profit" and "tax exempt" employers with respect to non-qualified deferred compensation and other areas of executive compensation. He also works with the labor and employment and litigation attorneys in support of employee benefits litigation and advises business clients on ESOP matters.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed since 2007 in The Best Lawyers in America® in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2017, 2015 and 2012 Chattanooga Employee Benefits (ERISA) "Lawyer of the Year" 
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers in Employee Benefits (2016 and 2017)
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • National Association of Public Pension Attorneys
  • Chattanooga Estate Planning Council
  • Chattanooga Tax Practitioners
  • Former President, Board of Directors – Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Public Library
  • Former Chairman, Board of Directors – WTCI-Public Television
  • Former Chairman – Endowment Committee, Grace Episcopal Church
  • Former President – Chattanooga Arts and Education Council
Speaking Engagements
  • "Tax Advantaged Sales to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)," National Business Institute Seminar on "Handling the Sale of a Business" (December 2016)
  • "Fiduciary Duty and the Voluntary Compliance Program" (May 2016)
  • "DOL Audit Preparation: Fiduciary Liabilities, Identity Theft and Online Security" (April 2016)
  • "Using Retirement Accounts to Fund Franchise Growth," Franchise Business Network South Spring 2016 Quarterly Meeting (April 2016)
  • "Spring 2016 Franchise Business Network Meeting" (April 2016)
  • "DOL Audit Preparation: Fiduciary Training and Upcoming Regulatory Changes" (January 2016)
  • Panelist – ERISA Expert Panel member on benefits issues, the Tennessee Society of CPAs 2015 Employee Benefit Plans Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (May, 2015)
  • "401(k) Plan Liabilities and Fiduciary Responsibility," Tennessee Bar Association 2015 Corporate Counsel Forum, Nashville, Tennessee (March, 2015)
  • "Affordable Care Act," County & Local Governments Workshop, Gatlinburg, Tennessee (June, 2013)
  • "Fiduciary Duty: An Overview and a Guide to Common Mistakes in 401(k) Plans," Chattanooga, Tennessee (March, 2013)
  • "Little Noticed Provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act May Cause Big Mistakes," Chattanooga Society for Human Resources Management Annual Legal Round-Up, Chattanooga, Tennessee (February, 2013)
  • "DOL Issues Final Regs on Fee Disclosures," ERISA Seminar Series (2012)
  • "Surviving and Succeeding in the World of Health Care Reform," 2011 Tennessee SHRM Conference and Exposition, Society for Human Resource Management, Chattanooga, Tennessee (September, 2011)
  • "Sponsoring Your 401(k): Things You Have to Do and Things You Shouldn't Do," Brentwood and Chattanooga, Tennessee (2011)


  • University of Tennessee, J.D., 1980
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, B.A., 1977


  • Tennessee, 1980
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Tennessee, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2016

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