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Randall W. Cook

Randall W. Cook

Email rcook@sglaw.com
Phone (503) 399-1070

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Best Lawyers Legus AV Peer Review Rated

Bio

Randy Cook is a shareholder and the practice group leader in the firm's Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group. His practice is limited to legal matters related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), including qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and executive compensation.

Randy counsels employers, executives and financial institutions in all aspects of establishing and maintaining qualified and nonqualified retirement plans. He has extensive experience in designing 401(k) plans, profit sharing plans, employee stock ownership plans, cash balance plans and traditional defined benefit plans. For more than 20 years Randy has been advising fiduciaries and financial advisors on the intricacies of complying with ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. He regularly defends employers against claims by participants and serves as legal counsel during IRS and Department of Labor audits. In the realm of executive compensation, Randy has counseled large companies throughout the Northwest on designing competitive and tax-efficient compensation packages, and has also served as a trusted advisor to key executives who are hired by some of Oregon's most successful businesses.

Randy is a frequent speaker on employee benefit and executive compensation topics throughout the United States. He is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbel® and is listed in Best Lawyers In America® (Employee Benefits).  

Education

Willamette University College of Law
J.D., 1988

University of Oregon
B.A., Journalism, 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • U.S. Tax Court

Professional Activities

  • Western Benefits Conference
  • American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, Associated Professional Member
  • Oregon State Bar, Member (Taxation Section)
  • Marion County Bar, Member

Off the Job

Randy was raised in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon and graduated from Clackamas High School in 1980 (the year Jimmy Carter lost the Presidency and gas was considered outrageously expensive at $0.98 per gallon). Randy is married and has three children, Jillian, Michael and Abigail. When pressed on the issue, he would list reading, crabbing, and traveling as hobbies, but his real obsession is Oregon Duck football. Don't even get him started . . .