Lloyd J. Dickinson

Retired Partner

Overview

Lloyd Dickinson, a retired partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, advised publicly and privately held corporations, third party administrators, and plan trustees on employee benefit programs and policies. He served as counsel to multi-employer pension and health and welfare plans, and assisted frequently in the formation of Employee Stock Ownership Plans. Mr. Dickinson was a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and Labor & Employment Practices as well as the Automotive Industry Team. Mr. Dickinson also has experience with tax, valuation and fiduciary litigation matters.

Mr. Dickinson has made numerous presentations on the issues and development of employee benefit law to legal and professional organizations, and has taught an employee benefits and executive compensation course as a part-time faculty member in the MBA program at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He is a past president of the Wisconsin Retirement Plan Professionals Ltd., a professional organization in this field.

Mr. Dickinson has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system and has been named the Best Lawyers® 2011 Milwaukee Employee Benefits Lawyer of the Year. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for over 20 years in the field of employee benefits law. In addition, he was selected for inclusion in the 2005 - 2009 lists of Wisconsin Super Lawyers®.

Mr. Dickinson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1970, his J.D. degree, cum laude, in 1974, and was elected to the Order of the Coif legal honorary society.

Representative Matters

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Advised a large, energy utility company about the coverage requirements and tax consequences of conforming with the Affordable Care Act (health care reform) on both a federal and state level.
Represented Goldfarb Corporation, a Canadian company that was sued for ERISA withdrawal liability. Foley won a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in May 2009 that this Canadian corporation is not subject to ERISA liability in the U.S. courts. GCIU Employees v. Goldfarb Corp., 565 F.3d. 1018 (7th Cir. 2009). The case is highly significant in protecting foreign corporations who are parents of U.S. companies from ERISA withdrawal liability if the U.S. company goes bankrupt.