Patrick Blanchard is a Managing Director with A&M Taxand, LLC in Denver. He assists clients with a variety of issues related to qualified retirement plans. Mr. Blanchard’s experience includes performing nondiscrimination testing with a particular emphasis on complex controlled groups and unique testing conditions (e.g., subsequent to M&A activity); representing plan sponsors in Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) examinations; assisting to correct operational failures under the IRS and DOL correction programs; and assisting employers throughout the process of adopting or making significant changes to retirement programs. Additionally, Mr. Blanchard assists clients with their non-qualified deferred compensation plans and other compensation programs to ensure compliance with all applicable statutes and guidance. Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Blanchard was a Managing Director with Compensation & Benefit Solutions, a leading provider of compensation and benefit services based in Denver. Mr. Blanchard earned a bachelor's degree in general business from Southwestern University, a law degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and an LLM in Taxation from the University of Denver. While attending the University of Denver, he represented low-income taxpayers before the IRS as a part of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. Mr. Blanchard is currently an adjunct professor of Qualified Pension & Profit Sharing Plans in the University of Denver’s Graduate Tax Program and frequently speaks on qualified retirement plan compliance and administration.