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Robert N. Saffelle

919 East Main Street
Twenty-Fourth Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone:  804.343.4178
Fax:  804.783.7678


Mr. Saffelle focuses his practice on ERISA and employee compensation and benefits including pension and profit sharing plans and welfare benefit plans, fiduciary law and IRAs. He helps design, establish and maintain employee benefit programs, including qualified retirement, welfare and cafeteria plans. He also works with executive compensation plans, including nonqualified deferred compensation, equity-based compensation and incentive plans.

Mr. Saffelle handles the employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions. He also counsels clients regarding IRAs as well as IRA and qualified plan distribution and beneficiary designation issues. He handles voluntary correction programs with the Internal Revenue Service and prohibited transaction exemption applications with the Department of Labor. Mr. Saffelle designs severance programs and handles COBRA questions, including FMLA and HIPAA issues.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Richmond, Virginia, 2001 – present
  • Williams, Mullen, Clark & Dobbins, Richmond, Virginia, 1999 – 2001
  • Crestar Financial Corporation, Richmond, Virginia, 1996 – 1999
  • McGuireWoods, Richmond, Virginia, 1992 – 1996

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Central Virginia Employee Benefits Council


  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2013–2019


  • LL.M., Boston University School of Law, 1984
  • J.D., New England School of Law, 1983
  • B.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court