Thomas B. Bastin, JD, LLM, AIF®, CEBS

President & General Counsel / Shareholder

Tom Bastin is the founder and President of ERISA Fiduciary Advisors, Inc. Tom is a former practicing ERISA Attorney who has also owned and operated a third party administration (TPA) firm. His background includes the following experience:

  • Design, drafting and termination of qualified and non-qualified plan documents.
  • Review of benefit plans during merger & acquisition activities.
  • Merger of benefit plans acquired as a result of merger & acquisition activities.
  • Performance of compliance testing and administrative tasks as a TPA.
  • Trust tax administration and compliance.
  • Advanced planning for business succession via the utilization of leveraged ESOP's.
  • OSJ branch manager for large independent broker-dealer.
  • First Vice President of branch operations for international bank.

Mr. Bastin is in the unique position of having worked in several facets of the retirement plan industry. As a result, the services of EFA include and encompass his full expertise.

Education

  • Masters in Taxation Law - Univ. of Miami (top 5 program within the U.S.)
  • Juris Doctorate of Law - Nova University
  • Bachelor of Arts - Purdue University
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) - Center for Fiduciary Studies, Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) - Wharton School of Finance

ERISA Experience

  • Principal - Salus Benefits LLC (Third Party Administration Firm)
  • ERISA Counsel - AutoNation/Republic Services
  • ERISA Counsel - Banking Consultants of America
  • President of TPA Operations- First Southern Trust Company
  • Trust Tax Administration Manager - SunTrust Bank
  • First Vice President - Retail Brokerage Division for International Bank
  • Director of Advanced Planning - Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

Tom has been a Florida Resident since 1986 and currently lives in Weston, Florida with his wife Ive Bastin and two daughters Erica and Cristina. He enjoys sports such as soccer and golf.