With over 30 years of substantial experience, Charles E. Blitman focuses his practice on the representation of jointly administered Taft-Hartley ERISA plans commonly known as multiemployer plans.
Chuck serves as day-to-day fund counsel for a large client base of multiemployer plans and he provides advice on all aspects of ERISA, including fiduciary issues, delinquencies, withdrawal liability and benefits eligibility. Chuck prides himself on practicing “preventative law” to assist his clients avoid the pitfalls of the uniquely complex statutory requirements that govern multiemployer plans.
Given his deep appreciation of the more technical aspects of administering these plans, Chuck has been specially retained by plans being audited by government agencies and has had notable success in extricating clients from litigation claims, governmental oversight and other legal pitfalls. His experience and insights are shared in his lecturing and writing, including at International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans seminars.
When not practicing law, he enjoys his family, reading and golf.
- Counsel to numerous Boards of Trustees of multiemployer pension, welfare, annuity and training funds.
- Counsel to plan administrator in a U.S. Department of Labor investigation and corresponding litigation and successfully obtained the reduction of proposed penalty of $250,000 to 0.
- New York State Bar Association—Benefits, Healthcare and the Workplace, April 10, 1997 (Rochester, New York).
- Speaker at various functions including November, 1996 International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans 42nd Annual Convention (San Diego, California).
- June, 1996 International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans—Construction Industry (Boston, Massachusetts).
Onondaga County, New York State and American (Member, Committee on Pension, Welfare and Related Plans, Section of Labor Relations Law) Bar Associations; New York State Trial Lawyers Association; Section Memberships in ERISA, Employee Benefits Law, and Labor and Employment Law.