About Groom Law Group. Chartered
Based in Washington, DC, Groom is home to more than 85 attorneys. Founded in the wake of the passage of ERISA, the firm focuses on employee benefits, health, and retirement matters.
Forward from Ford
When President Ford signed ERISA in 1974, few law firms were prepared to meet the new demand for representation, but Groom founder Ted Groom had already been actively involved getting ERISA through the legislative process. To this day, many of the firm's lawyers have had extensive prior careers as federal regulators or Capitol Hill staff, including having held positions in the Labor Department, Treasury Department, the IRS, or the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, as well as having served as ERISA counsel to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and as Tax Counsel to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Today, Groom Law continues to be closely tapped in to the sources of U.S. employee benefits, retirement, and health laws. A variety of practice groups guide clients through what the firm calls the "Byzantine regulatory framework" of employee benefits, retirement, and health laws, including issues such as public and multiemployer plans, benefits-related policies, executive compensation, tax issues, pension plans, health care issues, health insurance regulation, fiduciary, plan investment issues, advocacy, and ERISA litigation.
The Benefits of Benefits Savvy
With all that collective experience under its belt, it's no wonder Groom's legal team has had the privilege of assisting blue chip companies with employee benefits, health, and retirement issues across a variety of industries. The firm's client roster has included the NFL Players Association, Campbell Soup Company, CBS, ConocoPhillips, Dow Chemical, CIGNA, ING, UnitedHealth Group, Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association, New York Life Insurance, and many, many others.
At Groom, we have successfully navigated the remote recruiting challenges due to COVID-19. While hosting virtual interviews and meetings, we understand the flexibility everyone should have while working remotely in light of the pandemic. Our 2020 Summer Associate Program was hosted virtually and we made it our mission to make sure our newest colleagues had what they needed to feel comfortable working remotely. We provided mentors and check-ins to understand their work interests, delivered helpful technology resources, and enjoyed virtual games and events together as a team. We’ve also had the opportunity to participate in virtual OCI events through different online platforms and interact with a variety of law schools. As we work remotely, this flexibility can open the door to new opportunities and candidates. We always welcome qualified job seekers to visit our website’s ‘Careers’ page to see which openings at Groom may align with their interests.
News & Awards
Principal Christine Keller was featured on In House Warrior podcast on getting law firm culture right.
Groom attorneys were recognized by Human Rights First for pro bono case work.
Groom received the MCCA George B. Vashon Innovator Award for diversity and inclusion program.
Groom was recognized as an industry leader by Chambers USA, Legal 500, and The Best Lawyers in America & Best Lawyers.
1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 857-0620
Chairman and Managing Partner: Michael J. Prame
Recruiting Chair: Ryan Temme
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
50 - 100
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer associate: $3,461/week
No. of U.S. Offices: 1
No. of International Offices: 0
Fiduciary & Plan Governance Responsibility
Fringe Benefits & Payroll
Health & Welfare Benefits
Taxation of Benefits
Federal Insurance Regulation
State Insurance Regulation
Privacy & Security
Financial Institutions & Advisers
Plan Services & Providers
Investment of Plan Assets
Policy & Legislation
Audits & Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.