Charles F. Plenge

Senior Counsel at Haynes and Boone LLP

Charles F. Plenge

Charles F. Plenge

Senior Counsel at Haynes and Boone LLP

Biography

Charles Plenge’s extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of employee benefits and executive compensation allows him to provide knowledgeable, practical counsel to clients, whether it involves compliance matters or other problems that arise. He also was in charge of the development and modification of the firm’s benefit plans and served as the firm’s in-house benefits counsel for many years, so he understands the business side of an employer’s benefits issues, as well.

Chuck has represented employers of all sizes in all aspects of their employee benefits needs, from health and welfare and qualified retirement plans and related ERISA fiduciary issues, to executive compensation and equity incentive programs; financial institutions in their lending activities where benefit plan issues were involved; companies involved in acquisitions and sales of businesses; as special pension counsel to parties involved in litigation relating to benefit plan matters; businesses in bankruptcy cases involving employee benefit plan issues; individuals in regard to their employment and incentive compensation agreements; and fiduciaries and investment managers for benefit plans.

Among the many matters he has handled, Chuck has represented a publicly-held utility company with the establishment of entirely new compensation programs ranging from preparing revised performance compensation plans for various employee levels to developing executive compensation arrangements for senior management and directors; advised private equity and venture capital companies regarding the establishment of benefits packages for newly acquired companies, including coordinating the activities of the outside benefits consultants and vendors with the in-house benefits staff; represented a national company in a class action lawsuit involving the status of an executive compensation plan under ERISA; and prepared governance charters for publicly-held companies' retirement committees.

Chuck formerly served on the Graduate Employee Benefits Programs Advisory Board in The Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and as chairman of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT), a national committee which advises the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division regarding the development and implementation of policies concerning the taxpayers under this Division's jurisdiction. He also has spoken extensively on all aspects of employee benefits, and has taught courses at the SMU Dedman School of Law and John Marshall Law School.

Chuck’s counsel and advice extends to his community activities as well, having served as a deacon in his church and on the board of directors of his local branch of the YMCA.

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Dallas, TX, United States

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Charles F. Plenge
Senior Counsel at Haynes and Boone LLP
Education
J.D.
Class of 1970

We are a global law school community of distinguished alumni residing throughout the United States and in more than 75 countries. Our faculty is well-recognized for its outstanding teaching and scholarly leadership in such areas as dispute resolution (including litigation), international and comparative law, intellectual property, corporate, commercial and tax law. We offer a rich curriculum of over 165 upper class courses in subjects such as oil and gas, health and environmental law. Over one-half of our upper class courses have fewer than 25 students; three-fourths have fewer than 50 students. The first year class is divided into three sections (two full-time and one part-time evening) of approximately 90 students each, with small legal writing sections of approximately 25 students each. We emphasize the vital skill of legal writing through our six-hour legal research, writing and advocacy course and an elective three-hour edited writing seminar. The law quadrangle provides an idyllic setting for learning. The Underwood Law Library houses the largest private law collection in the Southwest. The Godwin Gruber Lawyers Inn offers students an elegant backdrop for study breaks and meals. A secure wireless network is available in all law school buildings. Most importantly, our small size fosters a scholarly community that features interaction with faculty, attention to your personal needs, and lifelong friendships. We have an active student government, five respected law journals, six specialized legal clinics and two related projects, numerous moot court and mock trial competitions, and one of the finest Career Services Offices in the country. In addition, students participate in the thriving intellectual life of the school. We have been chosen as the national headquarters for the Appellate Judges Educational Institute. In 2006 the Institute brought over 225 appellate judges and attorneys from across the country to SMU, including Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the Chief Justices of Texas and Indiana, and the Chief Judge of the Sixth Circuit. Recently, the 35 students in our SMU Oxford program assisted with our Supreme Court Summit in which Justices O’Connor, Ginsburg, and Breyer participated, as did Justices from Europe's highest court, the European Court of Justice. In spring 2007, we were honored to host a group of distinguished Justices from the ECJ on campus. A thriving community of scholars call Dedman Law home. Our distinguished faculty, coupled with our intelligent and inquisitive student body personify Robert Dedman's words, "Leadership starts with learning."

B.A.
Class of 1967

Wesleyan University is known for the excellence of its academic and co-curricular programs. About 2,900 undergraduates—and some 200 graduate students—from around the world pursue their classroom studies, research projects, and co-curricular interests in ways that are demanding and intensely rewarding. Here, on a beautiful campus overlooking the Connecticut River, students learn to do productive and innovative work that makes a positive difference in the world—that’s what Wesleyan is about.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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The Dallas Bar Association or DBA is a professional organization providing resources for attorneys and the public in the city of Dallas, Texas. Founded in 1873, the DBA is a voluntary professional association of 10,000+ lawyers. It is dedicated to the continuing education of its members, as well as community programs. For years, the Dallas Bar Association headquarters were housed in the offices of the then-current president. In 1937, headquarters were established in a small space under the stairs of the Old Red Courthouse. Ten years later, the DBA was the state’s first bar association to incorporate. Incorporators envisioned the Association someday being housed in its own building.

Career History
Senior Counsel
Current

Haynes & Boone LLP provides legal services. It offers business litigation, corporate insolvency and bankruptcy practices. The firm also provides intellectual property, media law, real estate and white-collar criminal defense services. The law firm was founded in January 1, 1970 and is headquartered in Dallas, TX.

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Chairman, Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt & Government Entities
Prior

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the revenue service of the United States federal government. The government agency is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, and is under the immediate direction of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. The IRS is responsible for collecting taxes and the interpretation and enforcement of the Internal Revenue Code. The first income tax was assessed in 1862 to raise funds for the American Civil War, with a rate of 3%. Today the IRS collects over $2.4 trillion each tax year from around 234 million tax returns.

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2010

The Fund for Justice Education FJE was created to support the American Bar Associations ABA law-related and public services education programs.

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2009

The Fund for Justice Education FJE was created to support the American Bar Associations ABA law-related and public services education programs.

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2008

The Fund for Justice Education FJE was created to support the American Bar Associations ABA law-related and public services education programs.

Political Donations
$500
2011

Judge at United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

$500
2009

Representative from the 103rd district at Texas House of Representatives (United States)

$455
2009

Senator from Vermont

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