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Vince brings over 30 years of experience, knowledge and insight to bear in navigating employers through the complex laws that impact the design, operation and termination of employee benefit and executive compensation plans.

Vince serves as an advisor to the boards, committees, trustees and key executives of private and public companies, financial institutions and nonprofit organizations.

He resolves compliance issues for retirement, health and welfare and executive compensation plans. He also negotiates the administrative and investment contracts and agreements for those plans, advises on fiduciary and directors’ and officers’ liability, corporate governance and plan investment issues, and he handles benefit and executive compensation issues in mergers and acquisitions.

Vince is also a popular speaker on employee benefits and executive compensation issues with business and professional groups.

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, 2006-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Western Pension & Benefits Conference, Portland Chapter, 1983-2010
  • President, Western Pension & Benefits Conference, 1997-1998
  • Former Editor, Benefits Bulletin, Western Pension & Benefits Conference
  • Member, Planning Committee, Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants Biannual Employee Benefits Conference, 1993-present

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Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances

  • "Twelve Years Later - Split Dollar Design and Administration in a Post-Final Regulations World," M Financial Group 2015 Annual Conference
    Speaking Engagement
    Portland, OR, 3.3.15
  • Speaking Engagement
    Portland, OR, 1.14.15
  • Seminar
    Portland, OR, 6.18.14
  • Speaking Engagement
    Portland, OR, 6.8.12
  • "Hot Topics (Tax-Related) in Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation," Oregon State Bar Taxation, Business Law and Estate Planning Sections
    Speaking Engagement
    Portland, OR, 11.10.11
  • "Tax and Estate Planning With IRAs and Roth IRAs," Sigma Investment Management Company
    Speaking Engagement
    Portland, OR, 6.7.11
  • "How to Supercharge Your 401(k) Plan--Introduction to Cash Balance Plans," Portland Tax Forum
    Speaking Engagement
    Portland, OR, 5.19.11
  • "Preparing for Change: Impacts of New and Pending Legislation on Employers in 2009," Garvey Schubert Barer
    Portland, OR, 1.13.09
  • Downsizing, Executive Severance and 409A Tax Compliance: How to Implement a Layoff and Avoid Long-term Consequences
    Garvey Schubert Barer, Seattle, WA, 12.3.08
  • "409A: Do They Really Mean It This Time," Oregon State Bar Taxation Section
    Speaking Engagement
    Portland, OR, 8.14.08
  • "409A: End Game Strategies," Western Pension and Benefits Conference Annual Meeting
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 7.13.08
  • "Coping With the Final 409A Regulations - A Practitioner's Viewpoint," Oregon State Bar Taxation Section
    Speaking Engagement
    Portland, OR, 5.10.07


  • Oregon
  • New York


Fordham University School of Law, J.D.

New York University, B.A.

Honors | Recognitions

  • Named Best Lawyers® Portland, OR, "Lawyer of the Year,” in the area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2015, 2019
  • Named by peers to The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2001-2019
  • Listed by Martindale-Hubbell™ as a ‘2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment’
  • Named by peers to Portland Monthly magazine's "Super Lawyers" list, 2001-2014
  • Named by peers as a "Super Lawyer" in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2015
  • Named as a "Super Lawyer" in Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2014-2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell™ AV/5.0 Peer Review Rated


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