Bill G. Freudenrich

Retired

Best known and widely regarded for his practical advice and near-encyclopedic knowledge of all facets of ERISA and employee benefits law, Bill Freudenrich served as the senior member of the  firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group for many years prior to his retirement in 2023.  He was also a founding shareholder in the firm’s Tulsa office, which opened in 2008.

Over the course of his 35-year career, Bill devoted his ERISA/employee benefits practice to representing employers and plan sponsors in the very specialized areas of retirement plan design, self-insured medical plan design, wellness programs, deferred compensation, subrogation, benefits issues related to mergers and acquisitions, plan terminations, leased employees, and COBRA and HIPAA compliance.  The scope of his work also frequently included representing both multi-employer plans and participating employers on funding issues concerning withdrawal liability, reorganization issues and collection of delinquent contributions; advising lending institutions of the risk associated with loans to employers that participate in multi-employer plans; and providing ongoing counseling to multiple tax-exempt and governmental healthcare institutions in the areas of open meeting requirements, executive compensation, Section 403(b), Section 457(f), Section 457(b) and Section 401(a).

Working with clients to make well-informed, strategic decisions regarding employer-sponsored health and wellness plans was central to Bill’s practice, particularly in light of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010. In addition to regularly assisting clients in designing, analyzing and implementing cost-containment strategies, he frequently counseled clients of all sizes on a broad range of legal, tax and cost-benefit matters related to healthcare reform, including “play or pay,” health care exchanges, changes to flexible spending accounts, and a myriad of other issues required to maintain legal compliance.

Bill’s achievements earned him inclusion in the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for BusinessOklahoma Super Lawyers, and The Best Lawyers in America (employee benefits/ERISA law), which selected him as the “Tulsa Employee Benefits (ERISA) Lawyer of the Year” for 2023.

  • J.D., University of Tulsa, 1988
  • B.S. (Accounting), Oklahoma State University, 1983