Jenner & Block

Will E. Wilder advises public and private employers on issues affecting a wide variety of employee benefit arrangements, including health and welfare plans, fringe benefit plans, 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, traditional pension plans, and executive compensation programs (i.e. compliance with 409A, 280G, 162(m), etc.).



Mr. Wilder is Department Counsel in the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice. He regularly counsels clients on health and welfare plan matters, cafeteria plans and wellness programs, including compliance with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, and COBRA.  He also assists clients in drafting plan documents and participant communications, correcting operational and fiduciary errors, merging and terminating plans, and negotiating administrative services agreements, among other matters.  Additionally, Mr. Wilder has significant experience in counseling employers and benefits plan sponsors though Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) benefit plan audits and investigations.

Mr. Wilder is a member of the American Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association, where he currently serves as Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee.  He previously served as Chair of the National Bar Association’s (NBA) Young Lawyers Division and was a member of the NBA Board of Governors and Commercial Law Section. Additionally, Mr. Wilder served as a member of the George Washington University Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors, and he participated in The Chicago Committee’s Mentorship Academy.  In the community, Mr. Wilder has served as a guardian ad litem, and he is currently on the Board of Directors for Beta Omega Social Services, a DC-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which provides community-based programming to address the needs of the underserved in the District of Columbia. A proud graduate of the University of Florida, Mr. Wilder is a member of the Windy City Gator Club.