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Christopher Sowden - Boston, MA

125 High StreetOliver Street Tower, 5th Floor Boston, MA 02110

Updated: 04/01/2024

Boston ERISA Law Lawyer


Christopher Sowden is a partner at The Wagner Law Group. He advises clients on all aspects of qualified and nonqualified retirement and deferred compensation plans, Employee Stock Ownership Plan financings, and a wide range of employee benefit matters involving for-profit and tax-exempt employers.

Chris also has extensive experience representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in examinations, correction programs, ruling requests, as well as litigation in state and federal courts. In addition, he regularly advises clients on employee benefit issues arising in mergers and acquisitions and on ERISA fiduciary duties. He also practices in ERISA-related fields of law such as corporate taxation.

Prior to joining The Wagner Law Group, Chris served as a partner and attorney at a number of leading law firms in New England and Washington, D.C. He also once served as a barrister at Lincoln's Inn in London.

About Christopher Sowden

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • ERISA Law
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation


Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • England and Wales, 1971

Other Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Section on Taxation)

Past Positions

  • Reid and Riege, P.C., Partner, 1989 - 2000
  • Grove, Jaskiewicz, Gilliam & Cobert, 1982 - 1989
  • Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin, 1978 - 1982
  • Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Law Clerk, 1977 - 1978
  • Corporate and partnership taxation


  • George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1978
  • Inns of Court School Of Law, London, England. Barrister at Law, 1971
  • University of Oxford, Oxford, England. B.A., 1970; M.A., 1976; Merit Scholarship, Oxford, England, 1976
    M.A., Master of Arts
    Major: Jurisprudence


Published Works

  • Wagner Law Group Provides IRS 403(b) Compliance Service - The 401k Wire, April 28, 2017

Office Information


125 High StreetOliver Street Tower, 5th Floor Boston, MA 02110


  • 617-357-5250

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