ASPPA Presents Sheldon H. Smith with Prestigious Eidson Award

WASHINGTON, DC (October 26, 2014) – The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) honored Sheldon H. Smith, Esq., APM, with the 2014 Harry T. Eidson Founders Award during the 48th ASPPA Annual Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

Smith, who is Of Counsel at Bryan Cave LLP in Denver, advises clients on ERISA, executive compensation and fiduciary duties. His practice focuses heavily on advising plan administrative committees with respect to their fiduciary obligations, and he has created a fiduciary education curriculum for benefit plan fiduciaries. He has served as President of the Denver Tax Group.

Smith is a Past President of ASPPA. He has been a member of the Western Pension & Benefits Council since 1986 and has served as its President and as President of its Denver chapter. Since 1980, Smith had been a member of either the adjunct or visiting faculties of the University of Denver College of Law.

Smith is a fellow of The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and has been selected to “Chambers USA — America’s Leading Lawyers,” “The Best Lawyers in America,” “Who’s Who in American Law,” “Who’s Who in American Education,” and as a Colorado Super Lawyer. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Denver Bar Association. Sheldon is admitted to practice before the Colorado Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the U.S. Tax Court, and the 10th and 7th Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals.

ASPPA established the Eidson Award in 1995 to honor the memory of its founder, Harry T. Eidson. His belief in the importance of the employer-sponsored retirement system in the United States and in having an organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing such a system was the inspiration for the formation of ASPPA in 1966. Each year, ASPPA honors one or two individuals for their contributions to the industry. Recipients can be members of ASPPA or from outside the association’s membership.

About ASPPA: The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) is a national organization of more than 16,000 retirement plan and benefits professionals that serves as the educator, voice, and advocate for the employer-based retirement system. ASPPA members are administrators, actuaries, advisors, attorneys, accountants and other financial services professionals who provide consulting and administrative services for qualified retirement plans. Visit our newsroom at


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