Eugene S. Griggs 

University of North Carolina, JD, 1987, cum laude

Davidson College, AB, 1983, magna cum laude

Phi Beta Kappa

Professional and Community Activities

North Carolina Bar Association
Mecklenburg County Bar Association
Charlotte Benefits Forum, Past-president
Southern Employee Benefits Conference
Children and Family Services Center, President, 2009 – 2011, Vice-President, 2007 – 2009, Board of Directors, 2005 – present
Community Health Services, Chairman, 2003 – 2005, Board of Directors, 1997 – 2007
Catawba Lands Conservancy, Board of Directors, 2001 – 2003
Friendship Trays Volunteer, 1988 – present

Notable Accomplishments
Jurisdictions Licensed
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Gene has practiced in the employee benefits and executive compensation area for over 20 years advising public, private, nonprofit and governmental employers with regional, national and international operations, bank trustees and third-party administrators. His practice covers the full range of retirement plans, welfare benefit plans, fringe benefit plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans and other executive compensation arrangements.

Representative Experience

  • Extensive experience in the design and drafting of qualified retirement plans, including preparation of major amendments for TRA ’86, GUST and EGTRAA, and qualifying plans with the IRS. Regularly counsels employers on administrative and compliance issues, including assistance in correcting qualification failures, prohibited transactions and fiduciary breaches.
  • Regularly advises regarding welfare and fringe benefit plans, including COBRA, HIPAA and non-discrimination issues.

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Prior Legal Experience

Gene served as Law Clerk to Judge Robert Chapman, Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals prior to joining Poyner Spruill.
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