Education

DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1987

  • DePaul Law Review

Bradley University, B.S., Accounting, 1983

Admitted

Illinois

Gary Polega is a partner in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group. Gary represents a wide range of employers with respect to their employee benefit and executive compensation arrangements, including publicly and privately held corporations, governmental and tax-exempt entities. Additionally, Gary represents institutional investors, including investment managers, insurance companies, banks, governmental plans, hedge fund, and private equity funds in the pension investment area. Such representation includes analysis of prohibited transaction rules and exemptions and fiduciary issues.

Representative Engagements

  • Assisted various financial institutions and other parties with respect to ERISA issues in numerous financial transactions, including asset securitizations and other structured transactions, commercial bank lending, corporate finance, and private placements and debt restructuring
  • Advised investment managers that act as a qualified professional asset manager, or QPAM
  • Worked with investment company clients with respect to prohibited transaction, fiduciary, and other issues that arise with respect to pension plan investments
  • Worked with client with respect to the design, implementation, and administration of its qualified retirement plans
  • Represented international employer in the design and establishment of qualified employee stock purchase plans
  • Represented major university in the drafting and implementation of deferred compensation arrangement for coaches and other executives
  • Represented tax-exempt employer in the negotiation and drafting of employment agreement for key executive of organization
  • Negotiated employment agreement for CEO of organization
  • Assisted governmental entities with issues connected to post-employment health plans
  • Represented national financial organization in the amendment, restatement, and governmental filing of its IRA
  • Assisted other law firms with respect to employee benefit plan matters of their clients
  • Designed stock option program for start-up entity
  • Represented various employers in seeking a compliance letter from the IRS under its EPCRS program
  • Designed 457 and 403(b) plans for large Chicago governmental employer
  • Designed incentive compensation program for various organizations
  • Represented boards of trustees of Taft-Hartley multiemployer plans