Los Angeles partner Bruce Ashton this weekend was awarded the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries’ Harry T. Eidson Founders Award, the society’s highest honor.

Recognized consistently for his work on employee benefits matters, Bruce was lauded by the ASPPA for his long commitment to the organization and his leadership.

The award was created in 1995 to honor the society’s founder, Harry T. Eidson, and is awarded to nominees who have had positive influences on the ASPPA or the private pension system. Ashton is a former ASPPA president and has also served as a member of the ASPPA’s board of directors and as co-chair of the ASPPA’s Government Affairs Committee. He joins his colleague, C. Frederick Reish, as an award recipient. Reish received the award in 2004.

“I’m honored by this recognition,” Ashton said. “Those who have been recognized in the past are among the best and brightest in our industry. To be listed among them makes this a truly proud time for me.”

Ashton, who joined the firm in March with others from the nationally renowned employee benefits and compensation practice at Reish & Reicher in Los Angeles, has wide experience in representing businesses in sophisticated transactions and employee benefits matters.  He is a member of the recently formed Financial Services ERISA team and focuses his practice on all aspects of employee benefits issues.  They include representing public and private sector plans and their sponsors, negotiating the resolution of plan qualification issues under IRS remedial correction programs, advising and defending fiduciaries on their obligations and liabilities, structuring qualified plans, non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements and health care arrangements, and representing plan service providers in fulfilling their obligations under ERISA.