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My legal practice and my service as a Trustee of Englewood Hospital and Englewood Health are similar in at least one important respect. In each of these pursuits, I have dedicated myself to working effectively with others to achieve practical solutions to complex problems.

Mr. Senter's practice focuses primarily on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation. He provides counsel to employers, senior executives, Boards of Directors and Board Committees.

Mr. Senter has extensive experience related to equity and non-equity based qualified and non-qualified retirement and compensation plans, stock option and deferred compensation arrangements, fiduciary issues under ERISA, plan qualification and administration issues, and employee health and welfare plans. He also advises clients on compliance with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA and COBRA, and assists in the negotiation and drafting of employment and separation agreements.

Honors & Awards

  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Fellow
  • Mr. Senter served as Honorary Chair of the Korean Community Center's 2018 Gala, in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of healthcare for the Korean American population as Chairman of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.
  • Mr. Senter was honored by the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation at its Annual Gala in June of 2017. He received the Touchtone Award, the Medical Center’s highest honor, for his contributions as Chairman of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and its parent corporation, Englewood Healthcare System.

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (a trademark of Woodward/White, Inc.) in the Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law practice area (2005 – present)
  • Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters business) in the Employee Benefits, Estate Planning & Probate and Employment & Labor: Employer practice areas (2013 – 2014, 2017 – present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent (a trademark of Internet Brands, Inc.) (2002 – present)

Please visit our Award Methodology page for a description of the standard or methodology on which these accolades are based. Attorney Advertising: No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of sellers of stock in a corporation with a significantly overfunded defined benefit pension plan which was assumed by the purchaser upon closing
  • Representation of plan sponsors before the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor under the voluntary correction programs maintained by those agencies
  • Representation of the new Board of Directors of a bank under regulatory supervision in connection with the recapitalization and takeover of control of the bank and the issuance of equity compensation to the new Officers and Directors
  • Representation of a non-profit hospital on senior management employment and benefit issues involved in the intended formation of a new healthcare system in New Jersey
  • Representation of the President/CEO of a New Jersey Medical Center with annual revenues of several hundred million dollars, in the negotiation and preparation of employment and deferred compensation agreements
  • Representation of the directors of a bankrupt pension plan sponsor, and the trustees of an underfunded pension plan in connection with the assumption of the plan by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
  • Negotiations with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation on behalf of an individual against whom the PBGC asserted a claim for withdrawal liability in excess of $7 million
  • Representation of a public company in connection with an internal review of all of its previously issued and outstanding stock options and warrants to confirm that the prior grants and exercises were appropriately reported for securities laws, income taxation and payroll purposes
  • Negotiation of an employment separation package on behalf of the President/CEO of a U.S. operating subsidiary of a Korean automobile manufacturer
  • Review and assistance with the restructuring of retiree health coverage provided by a college for its current and former faculty members in order to reduce the college’s expenses and limit its future liability exposure under the arrangement
  • Representation of an actuarial consulting firm in its defense of allegations that it had improperly handled the calculation of benefits payable upon plan termination to the financial detriment of the plan sponsor
  • Restructuring of a deferred compensation package for the retiring CEO of a federal credit union to avoid the immediate recognition of income upon employment termination
  • Representation of a benefits consulting firm in the defense of claims brought against it by the U.S. Department of Labor which asserted that the firm was a plan fiduciary responsible for the misappropriation of plan assets

Uniquely NJ

  • Englewood Health, Englewood Hospital and Englewood Health Foundation; Board of Trustees (Past Chairman)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association; Taxation Law Section, Employee Benefits Committee
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More Activities & Experience

  • American Bar Association; Taxation Section, Employee Benefits Committee
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Journal of Pension Planning & Compliance (Aspen Publishers); former Editorial Advisory Board  

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

Publications & Alerts

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New York University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, 1982

St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., 1979

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S., cum laude, 1975

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1980
  • New Jersey, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1980
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1982

Thomas C. Senter Listed in Best Lawyers

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Thomas C. Senter Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent

Please visit our Award Methodology page for a description of the standard or methodology on which these accolades are based. Attorney Advertising: No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.