John A. Papahronis

Shareholder(405) 552-2231 | | Oklahoma City
John A. Papahronis

John Papahronis is a shareholder at McAfee & Taft. He is an ERISA attorney whose practice encompasses the entire range of employee benefit services, health and welfare plans, legal compliance and fiduciary counseling. In addition, he has particular experience and expertise counseling employers on health and welfare plan matters, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as health care reform, COBRA, HIPAA and cafeteria plans.

John provides services to both taxable and nontaxable employers and has particular and extensive experience working with governmental entities, including numerous municipalities throughout the state of Oklahoma.

John is a frequent speaker at seminars on employee benefits topics, including the SouthWest Benefits Association Intermediate Level Training Seminars for Employee Benefits Practitioners and Plan Sponsors, the SouthWest Benefits Association Annual Employee Benefits Conference for Practitioners and Plan Sponsors, and the Oklahoma Society of Accountants’ Governmental Accounting and Auditing Conference. He is co-author of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Client Strategies, published by Aspatore Books in 2008. He has also authored articles in various publications, including the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants’ CPA Focus, the Oklahoma Bankers Association’s Oklahoma Banker, and the Oklahoma Municipal League’s Cities and Towns.

John’s achievements have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (employee benefits/ERISA law) and Oklahoma Super Lawyers.

Representative Experience

  • Counseled public and private companies and governmental entities on the design, drafting and administration of all forms of employee benefits plans, including qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, executive compensation arrangements and health and welfare plans.
  • Assisted clients in analyzing extensive health plan issues under PPACA, COBRA, HIPAA, GINA, ADA, HITECH and other laws.
  • Representation of clients in complex fiduciary responsibility and prohibited transaction matters, both in counseling and litigation.
  • Representation of clients before governmental agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
  • Assisted clients with the rehabilitation of qualified retirement plans that have incurred a “qualification” failure.
  • Counseled clients on complex employee benefits matters resulting from corporate transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, joint ventures, spin-offs and divestitures.

Honors and Awards

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (employee benefits/ERISA law)
  • Listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • SouthWest Benefits Association
  • Gulf Coast Area TE/GE Council



Rights and Obligations of Employees and Employers Under Health Care Reform

Oklahoma Bar Journal | Vol. 85, No. 26 - October 4, 2014

Continuation Coverage Requirements

Benefits Compliance Strategies for Plans, Programs & Policies – 2014 | 2014
HHS announces new risk assessment tool for HIPAA security compliance

HHS announces new risk assessment tool for HIPAA security compliance

EmployerLINC Employee Benefits Law Alert | April 22, 2014

Continuation Coverage Requirements

Benefits Compliance: Strategies for Plans, Programs & Policies | 2013

IRS issues guidance on new $2,500 limit for health flex accounts

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Employee Benefits Update | July 17, 2012

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