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J.D., summa cum laude, Georgia State University College of Law, 2002 (six CALI awards, BNA Award for Excellence in Labor Law)
J.D., summa cum laude, Western State University College of Law, 1992 (Emphasis in taxation; six American Jurisprudence Awards, Law Review)
B.A., magna cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles, 1989 (Pi Gamma Mu)
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Ilene is the managing member of the Law Offices of Ilene H. Ferenczy, LLC in Atlanta. She specializes in qualified pension and profit sharing plans, nonqualified plans, employee stock ownership plans and tax-sheltered annuity plans for tax exempt organizations. Her expertise includes the design and implementation of retirement plans, consulting with clients on retirement plan issues in relation to mergers and acquisitions, representing companies and plans under audit by the IRS, Department of Labor and the PBGC, and consulting with clients regarding a myriad of planning, taxation and fiduciary liability issues. In addition to working with companies to develop various benefit programs, Ms. Ferenczy advises clients on the issues that arise on a day-to-day basis in these plans.
A member of the employee benefits community since 1977, Ms. Ferenczy was a Vice President of a Southern California pension administration company prior to going to law school. After her law school graduation, she specialized in ERISA at both Los Angeles and Atlanta law firms. Additionally, she has worked in the benefits practice of a "Big Five" accounting firm.
Ms. Ferenczy is a seasoned benefits professional, with experience in both the legal and technical aspects of employee benefit plans, as well as the practical administrative concerns that businesses and plan administrators face on a daily basis. She has earned the designations of Certified Pension Consultant from the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) and Accredited Pension Administrator from the National Institute of Pension Administrators.
Ms. Ferenczy is a nationally known speaker and has authored more than 60 articles on benefits topics for national journals including the Journal of Taxation of Employee Benefits, the Journal of Pension Benefits, where she is the Co-Editor, the Journal of Mergers and Acquisitions, and The ASPPA Journal. She is the author of Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions, an Aspen publication, which is in its 11th edition, as well as three textbooks on defined contribution plans for the ASPPA education and examination program. Ms. Ferenczy also co-authored The Plan Termination Answer Book, now in its 4th edition. In addition to being a frequent live presenter, she has also recorded numerous webcasts and other e-learning tools for several organizations. Ms. Ferenczy is an adjunct professor in the College of Law at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and on the Employee Benefits Advisory Board of the John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits in Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Ferenczy is the first female co-chair of ASPPA’s Government Affairs Committee. She works with ASPPA to lobby for favorable pension legislation and workable DOL, IRS, and PBGC guidance in relation to retirement plans and is a member of the Board of Directors of the organization. Ms. Ferenczy is the 2007 recipient of ASPPA’s Educator of the Year Award.