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Dan S. Brandenburg - Washington, DC

1015 18th St., N.W.Suite 801 Washington, DC 20036

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Updated: 02/04/2022

Washington ERISA Lawyer


Clients seek Dan Brandenburg for his extensive experience in and knowledge of pension and welfare benefit plans, executive compensation (including plans for tax-exempt organizations) and executive employment matters. He also has substantial experience with association-sponsored, member service programs.

Dan represents clients regularly before the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation...

About Dan S. Brandenburg

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


  • German
  • Yiddish

Practice Areas

  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Labor
  • Employment & HR


  • 10%


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia

Other Affiliations

  • The District of Columbia Bar Association (Member)
  • Vice-Chair – American Bar Association Employee Benefits General Committee – 2018/19
  • Vice Chair for the Employee Benefits Committee of the Torts, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2010 - 2018
  • Liaison to the Publications Committee for the Section of Taxation from the Employee Benefits Committee of the Section of Taxation, 2017-18
  • The District of Columbia Bar Association, 1975
  • Member, IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities Employee Plans Mid-Atlantic Area Pension Liaison Group
  • Charter Class of Fellows, American College of Employee Benefit Counsel
  • Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) Flex Technical Advisory Council
  • ECFC's Charter Class of Professionals Certified in Flexible Compensation Instruction
  • Board of Trustees, Milton Gottesman Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital, 2016 - 2021

Classes and Seminars

  • The SECURE Act and Spending Bills: Advice for Plan Sponsors and Service Providers - Dan Brandenburg and Dannae Delano, panelists, The Wagner Law Group FREE webinar, February 13, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 PM (ET)
  • Executive Compensation in Volatile Times: Advice for Privately-held Companies and Their Executives - co-panelist with Mark Poerio, The Wagner Law Group FREE live webinar, January 22, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM (ET)
  • Best Practices for Your Retirement Plan Committee - Panelist, 2019 Plan Sponsor National Conference, June 7, 2019
  • Flexible Benefits: Medical Savings Accounts, Paid Time Off and Other Tax-Preferred, Non-Pension Benefits - Speaker at the IPEBLA 17th Biennial Conference, May 19 - 22, 2019, Lisbon, Portugal
  • The Wagner Law Group Employee Benefits Briefing - co-panelist, with Izzy Goldowitz, Canadace Quinn, Susan Rees and Stephen Wilkes FREE webinar, March 28, 2019, 1:00 - 2:00 PM (ET)
  • Tax Exempt Organizations: Governance, Design and Taxation of Executive Compensation - Dan Brandenburg and Mark Poerio, Free Webinar, October 16, 2018
  • Association Health Plans and Short-Term Limited-Duration Health Insurance – Dan Brandenburg, panelist on the Technical Advisory Group Rapid Response Panel at the 37th ECFC Annual Conference, March 14 -18, 2-18, Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
  • The Effect as of July 6, 2017 of the DOL Fiduciary Conflict of Interest Rule on HSA Custodians, Trustees and Fiduciaries of HSAs that are part of a High Deductible Health Plan, ECFC Teleconference Series, July 12, 2017 - Speaker

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board of Trustees, Milton Gottesman Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital, 2016 - Present

Past Positions

  • Sanders Schnabel & Brandenburg PC, Managing Shareholder


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1975
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1978
    Major: Taxation
  • Rutgers University, 1972
  • Rutgers University, 1972

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Tau Beta Phi
  • Zeta Beta Tau


Published Works

  • Seven Attorneys from The Wagner Law Group Named to 2020 Super Lawyers Lists - November 3, 2020
  • Benefits Industry Newsmakers - BenefitsPro, September 7, 2020
  • Overview of IRS Notices 2020-29 and 2020-33 Covering Changes to Cafeteria Plans, Healthcare FSAs and Dependent Care FSAs - ECFC Flex Reporter, Volume 24, No. 2, June 2020
  • 8 Executive Pay Considerations for an Economic Downturn - Co-author with Mark Poerio, Law360, January 14, 2020
  • Executive Compensation Excise Tax: Who, What, and How Much? - American Society of Association Executives, November 12, 2019
  • Association Health Plan Update - ECFC Flex Reporter, Volume 23, No. 2, June 2019
  • PSNC 2019: Best Practices for Your Retirement Plan Committee - PLANSPONSOR, June 12, 2019
  • Nonprofits Grapple With Shifting 457(f) Landscape - PLANSPONSOR, October 16, 2018
  • Status of the DOL Fiduciary Conflict of Interest Rule as it Applies to HSAs that are Part of a High Deductible Health Plan - The ECFC Flex Reporter, Volume 21, Number 3, September 2017
  • Postponement of the ERISA Fiduciary Rules on ERISA Investments Background and Possible Impact,The ECFC Flex Reporter, Volume 21, No. 1, March 2017
  • Overview of the New Fiduciary Rule with Respect to Individual Retirement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts and its Effect on Employers and Advisors - American Bar Association’s Summer TIPS Employee Benefits Law Committee Newsletter, August 19, 2016
  • The New ERISA Fiduciary Rules, Impact on HSAs and HSA Service Providers - ECFC Flex Reporter, June 30, 2016
  • The Supreme Court Ruled on Health Reform – Now What Is An Employer to Do? - American Bar Association Employee Benefits Law Committee Newsletter, January 7, 2013
  • A Hot Issue in Employee Benefits in America – The DOL Proposes an Expanded Definition of Fiduciary - International Pension Lawyer, Volume 73., October 21, 2011
  • US Department of Labor Announces New Cybersecurity Guidance for Plan Sponsors, Plan Fiduciaries, Record-Keepers and Plan Participants, ECFC Flex Reporter, June 2021

Office Information


1015 18th St., N.W.Suite 801 Washington, DC 20036


  • 202-969-2568


Other Sources of Feedback About Dan S. Brandenburg

Included on the 2023 Washington DC list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Washington DC Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Dan S. Brandenburg on Super Lawyers


  • Super Lawyers, 2020
  • American Registry "Best of the Best" - America’s Most Honored Lawyers for 2020
  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, 2020
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law - Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
  • Best Lawyers, 2001-Present
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Trust & Estates Law - The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel, 2019
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law - Martindale-Hubbell, 2019
  • American Registry “Best of the Best”, 2017
  • AV Peer Review Rated, Labor & Employment Law, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Washington, DC’s Super Lawyers, 2007-Present

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