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Andrew E. Graw

Andrew E. Graw

Chair, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation


  • Fiduciary Counseling & Litigation
  • Corporate
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Employment Counseling & Litigation

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Lowenstein Sandler LLP
New Jersey, U.S.A.


Andy's work is informed by his belief that a company's greatest asset is its employees. Whether he is crafting an equity-based program, a deferred compensation arrangement or a 401(k), pension, or fringe benefit plan, he provides practical solutions that serve his clients' needs. He has been ranked among the top Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation lawyers in New Jersey for four consecutive years (Chambers USA).

The rules and regulations governing compensation arrangements are complex and frequently changing, and businesses sometimes discover that their benefits plans are no longer in compliance. Under such circumstances, clients appreciate Andy's ability to think outside the box and suggest solutions that avoid costly problems.

Andy has a successful track record representing clients on either side on many issues. He has represented employers that sponsor 401(k) and pension plans, as well as the third-party administrators of such plans; businesses hiring and recruiting senior executives and the executives being recruited; and companies acquiring new businesses and those divesting them.

Andy also handles fiduciary and other benefit-related disputes. He counsels clients through the prelitigation phase, and, if necessary, the litigation process itself. Despite the complex and myriad regulations in his field, Andy makes a point of communicating with his clients in clear and understandable terms, providing them with the knowledge and guidance they need to move forward successfully.

Bar Admissions

    New York
    New Jersey


Pace University School of Law (J.D. 1983)
State University of New York at Oneonta (B.S. 1980)
Areas of Practice

Corporate | Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation | Employment Counseling & Litigation | Fiduciary Counseling & Litigation | Investment Management | Privacy & Cybersecurity | Privacy and Information Security | Privacy Law

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Speaking Engagements

Lowenstein Sandler is committed to the health and well-being of our clients, colleagues, and guests. With this commitment in mind, and due to the increasing spread of and uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus, these panels have been postponed. 

Thank you very much for your interest in the program. We look forward to contacting you soon with new dates in both our New York City and New Jersey offices, and we wish you the best of health and well-being.

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March 11, 2020 - New York, NY: Register Here
Lowenstein Sandler, 1251 Sixth Ave, 17th floor, New York, NY 10020

March 17, 2020 - Roseland, NJ: Register Here
Lowenstein Sandler, One Lowenstein Drive, Roseland, NJ 07068

Join us on for a discussion on current topics in the practice of employee benefits and executive compensation. We will address:

  • Serving as a Fiduciary: What it means and how to manage risk and limit liability
  • Executive Compensation: Hot issues and current trends
  • Deferred Compensation: Making a comeback in a tight labor market 

8:30 a.m. - Breakfast & Registration
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Program 


Professional Associations

Member, the ESOP AssociationMember, the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals

Professional Activities and Experience

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006-2020) - Andrew Graw
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Andrew Graw
  • Super Lawyers - (2005-2006, 2008-2016) - Andrew Graw
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Graw


U.S. Department of Labor Proposes New (Simpler) Fiduciary Rule Exemption
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, July 2020

What You Need To Know: The Proposed Exemption reaffirms the long-standing five-part test used prior to the vacated fiduciary rule to determine whether an investment adviser is a fiduciary for purposes of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code (Code)...

IRS Issues CARES Act Guidance for Coronavirus-Related Distributions and Loans From Tax-Qualified Plans; Also Allows Cancellation of Deferred Compensation Elections
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, July 2020

What You Need to Know The IRS issued Notice 2020-50 which provides guidance on provisions of the CARES Act that temporarily allows “coronavirus-related distributions” and doubles the limitations on plan loans. The guidance provides insight on how to report “coronavirus-related distributions” and recontributions to qualified retirement plans, including examples...

COVID-19: Focus on Executive Compensation
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, May 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business community is unprecedented. Every company and executive is questioning the effects the disease will have on their business, employees, customers, and local and global economies. While it is still too early to know the long-term ramifications of the disease, the more immediate implications for businesses are already evident, including a lockdown of large swaths of the U.S...

Additional Articles

Andrew E. Graw and Darren Goodman examine the effects of the new tax law on executive compensation arrangements, including performance-based and commission compensation. The authors also discuss the removal or limitation of deductions for employee benefits including moving expenses and qualified transportation benefits. This article also appeared in Bloomberg Law – Big Law Business.


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