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Gerry Cole, LLB Chief Research Counsel

Gerald E. Cole, LLB, is one of the nation's leading legal experts on pension and welfare plans, particularly Taft-Hartley multiemployer plans. He joined Cheiron as Special Counsel and Director of Research in April 2007 after almost 20 years with a national actuarial consulting firm. Cole helps Cheiron generate creative but legally sound solutions to Taft-Hartley and other clients' plan funding, design, administrative and compliance requirements.

Cole's career has included senior positions with a national actuarial consulting firm, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and the United Mine Workers of America. He served as General Counsel for the UMW's Health and Retirement Funds. As Assistant Executive Director for Policy and Planning at the PBGC, Cole led the task force that developed the multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980 and developed legislative proposals to upgrade the PBGC's single employer plan termination insurance plans.

Cole earned his law degree from Harvard University and holds an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the ERISA Industry Committee's legal committee, as well as the American Bar Association's Labor Section Employee Benefits Committee.

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