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Durham Jones & Pinegar

John D Walch

John D Walch

Benefits Czar


  • Employment
  • Tax

WSG Practice Industries


With more than 25-years of experience, Mr. Walch works with employers to design, prepare and resolve issues relating to a broad range of qualified and non-qualified benefit plans, including equity-based incentive compensation plans, ESOPs, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, qualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans, including health, cafeteria and flexible spending plans. Mr. Walch has designed, drafted and obtained IRS approval of hundreds of qualified retirement plans. For plans facing disqualification or other sanctions, he has obtained dozens of compliance statements from the IRS and negotiated positive outcomes in response to U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) investigations. He advises plan fiduciaries on operational issues involving fiduciary liability and plan administration issues, QDROs and benefit claims or appeals.

He also drafts service provider and business associate agreements for plans and plan sponsors. He has tried over 50 ERISA benefit cases in federal court. Mr. Walch also designs deferred compensation arrangements and incentive plans involving stock options, restricted stock, stock appreciation rights and phantom stock. He advises employers on parachute payments, COBRA, HIPAA and other benefit plan issues, including prohibited transactions and obtaining DOL exemptions. He also advises plans and plan sponsors involved in corporate transactions, including whether an ESOP should accept or decline a tender offer, sell employer stock, or spin-off plan assets.

Bar Admissions

UT-05234, 05/1998
CA-144848, 12/1989
OR-960075, 01/1996


Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark College of Law J.D., 1987

Brigham Young University B.S. Finance, 1984
Areas of Practice

Employment | Tax


End of Year Benefit To-Do List
Durham Jones & Pinegar, November 2016

The end of the year is when people make lists and check them twice. However, for managers of a company’s benefit plans, those are not shopping lists. To help you get through a busy time of year, here is a list of some things you want to do to keep your benefit plans running smoothly...

Additional Articles

Frequent lecturer on employee benefit topics

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