B.A., Boston University; J.D., George Washington
Izzy Goldowitz is a Partner with the Wagner Law Group, where he advises on employee benefits in mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, and bankruptcy, multi-employer plan administration and restructuring, new retirement savings platforms, and employee benefits legislation.
Izzy served for 30 years with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, where he oversaw legislative and regulatory work, multi-employer plan and benefits advice, and bankruptcy, transactional, and litigation work. He began his career with the United Mine Workers of America Health of Retirement Funds.
He has been on the brief in several Supreme Court cases, including Beck v. PACE Int’l Union, U.S. 2007 (termination and closeout of single-employer plan), Raleigh v. Illinois Dept. of Revenue, U.S. 2000 (choice of law in bankruptcy), and Concrete Pipe v. Construction Laborers Pension Trust, U.S.1993 (constitutionality of MPPAA), and has argued several cases in the courts of appeals.
Izzy is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he has
taught Employee Benefits and Bankruptcy courses. He is a member of the John Marshall Law School Employee Benefits Advisory Board. He is a frequent speaker at Employee Benefits and Bankruptcy conferences, in the U.S. and abroad.
His publications include chapters on Withdrawal Liability and Preemption/Removal in J. Zanglein, S. Stabile & L. Frolik, ERISA Litigation, and a chapter on Employee Benefits in Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice. He served on the Labor and Benefits Advisory Committee to the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Chapter 11 Reform Commission.
Izzy is a Fellow and Board member of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, and a recipient of PBGC’s Distinguished Career Service Award and
Georgetown’s Vicennial Award. He is a member of the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law and Real Property, Trusts &
Izzy earned his B. A. from Boston University, and his J.D. from George Washington