Lori T. Oliphant


Lori Oliphant is the Managing Member of the Dallas office and focuses her practice on employee benefits and compensation matters and has extensive and in-depth experience related to these areas. She is well-versed in Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) issues and tax implications under the Internal Revenue Code of these arrangements, and often helps companies navigate through and comply with the regulatory requirements of the Act and the Code. She works with a broad and diverse group of clients including, Fortune 500 companies, privately-held companies, governmental entities, tax-exempt entities, private investment funds, real estate funds, and investment managers. Lori’s clients rely on her knowledge, experience, and commitment to providing excellent service to work through sometimes complex employee benefits and compensation matters.

Representative Experience

  • Advised clients on employee benefits issues and Title I issues arising in the context of corporate transactions (including mergers and acquisitions), private placements, initial public offerings, spin-offs, corporate restructurings and financings
  • Advised private investment funds and real estate funds with respect to investments by retirement plans and accounts
  • Advised investment managers on their fiduciary responsibilities and the application of the prohibited transaction rules with respect to the management of retirement plans and accounts
  • Advised high net worth individuals on prohibited transaction rules related to investments by individual retirement accounts
  • Assisted clients with the implementation and administration of tax qualified retirement plans (pension plans, profit sharing plans, 401(k) plans, cash balance plans, ESOPs and governmental plans), as well as health and welfare plans (including self-insured medical plans, cafeteria plans, consumer-driven health plans and fringe benefit plans)
  • Assisted clients with the structuring and preparation of equity incentive arrangements (including stock purchase plans, stock option arrangements and restricted stock plans), deferred compensation arrangements, nonqualified plans and related executive compensation programs
  • Represented clients before various governmental entities, including the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration, as well as the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
  • Represented clients in complex ERISA controversy matters, including fiduciary breach issues and investigations by governmental agencies

Licensed In

  • Texas


  • J.D. University of Houston Law Center
  • LL.M. University of Houston Law Center
  • J.D. University of Florida, Levin College of Law
  • B.S. Florida State University


  • American Bar Association, Joint Council on Employee Benefits (Board Member, 2021-current)
  • American Bar Association, Fiduciary Responsibility Administration and Litigation Committees (Chair, 2022)
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (Board Member, Dallas Chapter, 2013-2021)
  • Member, Southwest Benefits Association (Board Member, 2015-2016)
  • Member, TE/GE Council (Co-Chair, 2021-2022)
  • Member, National Center for Employee Ownership
  • Member, ESOP Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, First United Methodist Church of Richardson


  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine 2009, 2013, 2016-2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America¬Æ

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