Robert N. Saffelle

Office Location: Richmond, VA.

  • LLM., Boston University School of Law
  • J.D., New England School of Law
  • B.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jurisdiction Licensed
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
Professional & Community Activities
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Central Virginia Employee Benefits Council
Notable Accomplishments
  • AV® Distinguished™ by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2013–present

Mr. Saffelle focuses his practice on ERISA and employee compensation and benefits including pension and profit sharing plans and welfare benefit plans, fiduciary law and IRAs. He helps design, establish and maintain employee benefit programs, including qualified retirement, welfare and cafeteria plans. He also works with executive compensation plans, including nonqualified deferred compensation, equity-based compensation and incentive plans.

Mr. Saffelle handles the employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions. He also counsels clients regarding IRAs as well as IRA and qualified plan distribution and beneficiary designation issues. He handles voluntary correction programs with the Internal Revenue Service and prohibited transaction exemption applications with the Department of Labor. Mr. Saffelle designs severance programs and handles COBRA questions, including FMLA and HIPAA issues.

28 Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers® list
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Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce that 28 attorneys have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect ...
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Vandeventer Black Richmond Office Welcomes Saffelle to the Team
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Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Robert N. Saffelle to the firm’s Richmond office as Of Counsel. “We are excited to have Rob join our legal team. He is a highly accomplished attorney with extensive experience in the ERISA & Employee Benefits, Labor & Employment, and ...
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New Guidance Clarifies COVID-19 Employee Benefit Deadline Extensions
Last year the IRS and Department of Labor (DOL) extended various ERISA and COBRA deadlines for employee benefit plan participants affected by COVID-19.  The extended deadlines included: The timeframe to elect COBRA continued health coverage; The deadline for making COBRA premium payments; Requests for special enrollment in a group health ...
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COVID-19 and the CARES Act – New IRS Guidance and Relief for Retirement Plan Distributions and Loans
On June 19 and 23, 2020, the IRS issued additional guidance (IRS Notices 2020-50 and 2020-51) clarifying and expanding relief for retirement plan participants under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  A previous article summarizing the CARES Act retirement plan provisions can be found here. The ...
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COVID-19: New IRS Relief Allows Health Plan and Flexible Spending Account Election Changes
On May 12, 2020, the IRS issued guidance (IRS Notice 2020-19) to allow temporary changes to section 125 cafeteria plans.  These plans allow participants to pay their portion of health insurance premiums and contribute to health care flexible spending accounts and dependent care assistance spending accounts (FSAs) on a pre-tax ...
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