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James D. Obermanns Member

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1996
  • Pennsylvania, 1977


Boston University, J.D.

Yale University, B.A.

James D. Obermanns is experienced in a broad range of employee benefits matters, including ERISA, retirement plan design, executive compensation, employee relations and the administration of benefits programs. He also advises clients on related tax, estate and health care issues.

He has lectured frequently and written articles on employee benefits issues.


Mr. Obermanns' practice focuses on a broad range of tax, labor and ERISA issues relating to employee benefits. These matters include:

  • Retirement plan design and drafting
  • Executive and stock-based compensation
  • Taxation of benefit distributions
  • Health and fringe benefits
  • Employee relations
  • Administration of benefit programs
  • Benefit aspects of business sales and acquisitions

His clients include those in the governmental and private sectors, the latter including both business and professional entities.

Memberships & Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association

Community/Civic Activities

  • Leader Dogs for the Blind (Rochester Hills, MI), Human Resources Committee Member
  • Yale Club of Pittsburgh, Past President

Recognized as a leading Employee Benefits Lawyer by Chambers USA, 2016-2018

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2013-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the area of Employee Benefits Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company

Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2015-2016