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Robert J. Werner

The focus of Mr. Werner’s practice is on the design, implementation, and correction of problems in employee benefit programs, including qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation plans, executive compensation arrangements, health and dental plans, cafeteria plans, and I.R.C. 501(c)(9) trusts.   Bob is listed in Best Lawyers of America and Arizona’s Finest Lawyers. In 2015 and in 2018 Bob was selected as Lawyer of the Year in ERISA/benefits law for the Phoenix metropolitan area by Best Lawyers in America.

In the sixteen-year period prior to forming a new law firm with Dick Onsager in August of 1999, Mr. Werner managed the employee benefits practice at the Phoenix law firm of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., where he also served on the firm’s three-person Management Committee for a number of years.

Bob’s employee-benefit clients include many well-known publicly traded as well as privately owned Arizona companies and include grocery store, hotel, and hospital chains or systems, utilities, manufacturers, banks, builders, governmental health insurance pools, real estate investment trusts, and healthcare providers. 

Mr. Werner’s educational background is as follows:

  • L.L.M., New York University College of Law, Taxation, 1985
  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 1983
    • Order of the Coif
    • Phi Kappa Phi
    • Kansas Law Review, Managing Editor
  • C.P.A. Certificate, Kansas, 1981

Mr. Werner’s outside interests include fly fishing, mountain climbing, college football and basketball, high school sports and running.

Representative list of Mr. Werner’s employee-benefit clients:

Bashas’, Inc., Bar-S Foods, Best Western International, Inc., Centuri Construction Group, Inc., Forever Living Products International, Inc., Haydon Building Corp., Karsten Manufacturing Corporation/Ping, Inc., Northern Arizona Healthcare, Northern Pipeline Co., Salt River Project, Shamrock Foods Company, Southwest Gas Corporation, The Translational Genomics Research Institute, The Orthopedic Clinic Association, Vereit, and Western Alliance Bancorp.


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