Alex M. Brucker is a nationally recognized employee benefits/ERISA lawyer, speaker and author. His knowledge of the intricacies of the regulations and policies of the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor, results in exceptional insight, experience, credibility, authority—and creative solutions—for his clients.
Alex began his career in benefits law in 1974, the year the ERISA law was enacted. His legal career grew with the law — a claim few attorneys in his field can make. He has since grown to be a tireless advocate for tax equity, particularly for privately owned businesses and business owners, and has worked with Congress on pension and tax legislation.
He has appeared before the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, the National Institute of Pension Administrators, the California CPA Foundation for Education Conferences, the Annual Enrolled Actuaries Conference, the Western Pension and Benefits Conference, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and the University of Southern California Federal Tax Institute speaking on such issues as ERISA fiduciary obligations, investing and liabilities, 401(k), pension and profit sharing plans, and IRS and Department of Labor controversies and compliance initiatives. Alex leads continuing education pension and employee benefits workshops for attorneys, plan administrators, trustees, accountants, and insurance and financial professionals.
Alex is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefit Counsel and a director of the Small Business Council of America, Washington, D.C. (SBCA), a National nonprofit organization representing the interests of privately held businesses. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, and a current member of the Motion Picture and Television Tax Institute.
In 2009, Alex was honored with a Congressional Award for his outstanding leadership, dedication and achievement on behalf of the Small Business Council of America of Washington, D.C. In 2010, Alex legislated to obtain needed relief from disproportionate IRS penalties; the results of his efforts were enacted into the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010, for which he received the SBCA Special Appreciation Award.
Alex acts as co-counsel in employee benefits (ERISA) litigation and is often engaged as an expert witness on pension and employee benefits (ERISA) issues.
Alex’s goal is to find a solution to his client’s problem. He is well known for never taking “no” for an answer, and is notorious for inspiring dread among Internal Revenue Service auditors when CPAs and plan administrators declare, “If you don’t settle reasonably, we’ll call in Brucker!