Peter H. Turza, a partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher located in its Washington, D.C. office, joined the firm in 1981. A member of the firm's Tax and Labor Departments. Mr. Turza focuses on employee benefits and related tax and labor matters. He advises and represents clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity/hedge fund formation and investments, fiduciary and prohibited transaction matters, plan terminations, collective bargaining and benefits-related litigation, including employer withdrawal liability. Mr. Turza assists clients in designing, drafting and operating executive compensation plans, employee pension benefit plans and employee welfare benefit arrangements.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Turza served as Special Counsel for Pension and Welfare Plan Laws to the U.S. Congressional Joint Economic Committee and as Associate Minority Counsel to the U.S. Senate Labor Subcommittee. In these capacities, he was the principal advisor on employee benefits matters to Senator Jacob K. Javits (R-N.Y.), the principal author of ERISA.
Mr. Turza is a frequent lecturer at legal and business seminars and has served for three years as Management Co-Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Labor and Employment Law. He has also served for three years as a member of the ABA's Joint Committee on Employee Benefits. He is a member of the ERISA Roundtable, serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Benefits Law Journal, and has lectured at the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Turza has been appointed by the Secretary of Labor to serve as a member of the Department's Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Plans. He has chaired the Council's Health Care Reform Working Group.
A graduate of Yale University (Bachelor of Arts 1971) and the Georgetown University Law Center (Juris Doctor 1974), Mr. Turza was in the private practice of employee benefits law prior to serving in the government. He has authored articles in the Duke Law Journal, the Catholic University Law Review, and the Benefits Law Journal. He is a charter fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, having served on its Formation Committee and its first Board of Governors, and is also a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Inc. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers 2010 guides.