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Thomas A. Walker

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University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1989
St. Olaf College, B.A., Political Science, cum laude, departmental distinction, 1986
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Thomas A. Walker joined Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. in 1989 and has since practiced employee benefits law, trusts and estate planning and general corporate law, with an expertise in the area of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and business succession planning. He has a wide breadth of experience representing families, individuals and fiduciaries, including trust companies. Specific areas of Tom’s experience in the employee benefits area include:

  • Representing companies, trust companies, lenders and fiduciaries in the design, implementation, operation, leveraging and termination of ESOPs
  • Representing companies in U.S. Department of Labor and IRS audits of employee benefit plans
  • Assisting clients with employee benefit issues in business mergers, spin-offs and acquisitions
  • Advising and representing businesses with nonqualified deferred compensation, buy-sell agreements, severance, and salary continuation agreements
  • Representing executives, companies and fiduciaries in ERISA, bankruptcy and other employee benefit litigation matters
  • Assisting businesses with the design and operation of medical, dental, disability, flexible benefit, dependent care and other welfare benefit plans
  • Advising business owners on their business succession, retirement and estate planning
  • Representing individuals and fiduciaries (including trust companies) in court in litigation matters involving employee benefits

Specific areas of Tom’s experience in the trust and estate planning area include:
  • Advising business owners on their business succession, retirement and estate planning, and assisting with the use of different business succession vehicles, including the use of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)
  • Representing individuals and fiduciaries (including trust companies) in court and before the IRS on gift and estate tax matters
  • Assisting individuals with estates ranging from relatively modest size to very large, with their trust and estate planning
  • Advising trust companies and other fiduciaries on distribution and fiduciary issues
  • Representing individuals and fiduciaries in probate, trust and other court proceedings

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1989
Articles and Presentations
Speaker. "What Could An ESOP Mean For Your Bank?" 2017 Spring Seminar. Bank Holding Company Association. 2 May 2017.

Speaker. "Succession Planning: Is an ESOP the Right Tool for Your Business?" 24 May 2016.

Speaker. "What They Are and What They're Not: When They Work, and Why They're Hot."  22nd Annual MNCPA Business & Advisers Conference. 14 June 2016.
Speaker. "ACG Minnesota: The ABCs of ESOPs."  Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). 15 December 2015.

Press Releases

Honors & Awards
  • Order of the Coif
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2009-2018
  • Ranked as “AV Preeminent” in LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings

Professional Associations & Memberships
  • American Bar Association
    • Tax Section and Real Property
    • Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Employee Benefits Section
    • Trust Law Section
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • ESOP Association
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