C. John Wentzell

Shareholder Greenville

Mr. Wentzell practices in the areas of employee benefits law, ERISA and taxation.  Mr. Wentzell represents clients in the areas of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, ERISA, fringe benefits, and compliance with other federal laws relating to employee benefits matters.

Mr. Wentzell assists clients in designing and drafting plans, advises clients regarding the legal requirements for operating and administering plans, and prepares and submits filings to the Internal Revenue Service.

Mr. Wentzell graduated from the University of Georgia in 2000 with a degree in Finance.  He received his J.D. in 2003 from the University of South Carolina School of Law.  During law school, Mr. Wentzell served as a member of the ABA Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal.  In 2004, Mr. Wentzell graduated from the New York University School of Law with an LL.M. in Taxation. He is a frequent speaker to professional groups on employee benefit matters.


Mr. Wentzell has practiced almost exclusively in the field of employee benefits law for more than 9 years, advising clients with respect to the design and administration of qualified and non-qualified deferred compensation plans.  He frequently represents plan sponsors and fiduciaries before the IRS and DOL, and advises clients regarding the correction of failures under their qualified and non-qualified plans.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association (Tax Section)
  • South Carolina Bar Association (Tax Section)
  • Greenville County Bar Association


  • Ogletree Deakins Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Symposium - ''Top 10 Tips and Pitfalls in Designing Incentive Compensation Plans'' - Austin - March 23, 2017

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2009 - Human Resources 2009: Answers to Your Top 25 Questions - "Tips on Complying With Internal Revenue Code Section 409A"
2007 - 2014 - American Chamber of Commerce Resources - "Employee Benefits - An Employer's Guide"