This session is directed toward those who manage their firm's 401(k), profit sharing and cash balance plans. This structured discussion will facilitate communication regarding best practices, positioning, and what results in a successful retirement outcome for the firm's employees. Facilitator Spencer X. Smith will share what he learned after 3,000 meetings in the 401(k) industry between 2008-2015, and attendees will benefit from his objective perspectives on how the 401(k) plan is evolving.


  • Identify the correct plan design most appropriate for your firm.
  • Analyze if or when a cash balance plan would make sense as an additional benefit.
  • Explain the current 401(k) plan's benefits in a more effective manner to the firm's staff.
  • Discuss if and when a plan transition to a replacement would be prudent.

Audience Statement: This session assumes that participants have a working knowledge of evaluating compentation and benefits in a legal environment. 

Spencer Smith is the Founder of Spencer X. Smith Consulting, and services law firms throughout the country. He's a faculty member for the State Bar of Wisconsin's Business of Law Conferences, and is also an instructor at the University of Wisconsin, where he teaches classes on digital marketing and social media. Smith has been called a "digital marketing expert" by Forbes, and publishes articles regularly in The Huffington Post, Law Journal Newsletters, and for the American Bar Association.

Other Info:

  • 60 Minutes
  • Audience: Intermediate
  • CLM App Management Category -FS: Human Resources Management
  • CLE: Law Practice Management
  • HRCI: General Credit
Seminar Information
Date Presented:
April 05, 2018 3:00 PM Eastern
1 hour
Registration Fee:
Advanced 401(k) Planning and Strategies
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Association of Legal Administrators
CLMSM Recertification Credit: 1.00
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