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 has been a member of the ERlSA Industry Committee’s legal committee, the American Benefit Council’s pension and health policy committee, and currently continues on the American Bar Association’s Labor Section Employee Benefits Committee.
He served on the Finance Committee of the Rape Crisis Center where he introduced cash flow budgeting, and was the Treasurer of FanFare in its early days.