Managing Partner – J.D., CPC, APA
Ferenczy Benefits Law Center
Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA, is the managing partner of Ferenczy Benefits Law Center, an employee benefits law firm in Atlanta, GA. Ilene advises clients on all types of employee benefit plans, particularly focusing her practice on qualified retirement plans, benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions, and advising third-party administrators of employee benefit programs on technical and practice issues. Having become an attorney after more than ten years as a third-party administrator, she brings a unique and practical approach to her advice. She is a member of the State Bars of Georgia and California, and holds designations as a Certified Pension Consultant from the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) and Accredited Pension Administrator from the National Institute of Pension Administrators (NIPA). Ilene is the 2007 recipient of ASPPA’s Educator of the Year Award, and the 2017 recipient of NIPA’s Educator of the Year Award.
She is a nationally known speaker on benefits issues, and has authored more than 100 articles for publications, such as the Journal of Pension Benefits (where she is a co-Editor-in-Chief). Her book, Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions, is now in its 17th edition. Ilene is also the author of the Qualified Plans module of ERISApedia.com, and is a former author of three textbooks about defined contribution plans for ASPPA’s education and examination program and The Pension Termination Answer Book. Ilene is a past adjunct professor in the College of Law at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ilene is the current Secretary of the Pension Education Council of Atlanta. She was previously a member of ASPPA’s Leadership Council and is a former co-chair of ASPPA’s Government Affairs Committee, where she frequently wrote comment letters on regulations and lobbied for favorable pension legislation and regulation.
Ilene is a Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, the highest honor awarded to ERISA lawyers. Her extensive benefits experience and national reputation have qualified her to give testimony as an expert witness in ERISA litigation, and enabled the firm to be a member of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms.