A Washington-based lawyer at Alston & Bird was among those appointed by U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to a three-year term on an council that advises her on matters pertaining to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the agency announced.
The job of the 2012 Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans—known as the ERISA Advisory Council—is to advise Solis on a range of enforcement and regulatory matters relating to employee benefits.
Alston partner David Kaleda will be one of 15 members of the council. Five new names, including his, were announced late last week.
Each council member is supposed to represent a different constituency on the council; Kaleda’s job is to present the point of view of “corporate trust,” according to a Labor Department press release.
According to Kaleda’s page on Alston & Bird’s Web site, a significant portion of his practice is focused on “advising plan fiduciaries and services providers on the structuring of products and the provision of services to ERISA-governed plans and other arrangements subject to ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.”
Kaleda is a member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, as well as the American Bar Association’s joint committee on employee benefits.
Kaleda said in a brief interview that he was looking forward to be able to present the points of view of employers and financial services groups to the council and Solis. “I’m happy to have the opportunity,” he said.