Alternate Office
  • 1114 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York, NY 10036
  • TEL: +1 212 506 3900
  • FAX: +1 212 506 3950
Areas of Practice
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1994, Associate Editor, Tulane Law Review, Order of the Coif
  • Tulane University, B.A. in French, 1991
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. Gerrilyn G. Brill, US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 1995
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Georgia

Patrick S. Menasco

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6215
FAX: +1 202 261 0605

Patrick Menasco helps domestic and foreign financial institutions navigate regulatory and contractual matters, capital market transactions, government investigations, and disputes that involve highly regulated corporate and governmental employee benefit plan assets.  His public sector experience, relationships with Department of Labor (DOL) staff, vast exposure to governmental plan investment regulations, and daily contact with the most important buy and sell-side players in the financial services industry have long led to successful conclusions for clients.  Recently, he helped Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas, Barclays, and Deutsche Bank secure exemptions from the DOL that allow them to continue using the QPAM Exemption, a critical trading tool for managing employee benefit plan assets, despite otherwise disqualifying criminal convictions of certain affiliates.  He also provided major global banks with first-of-its-kind legal analysis supporting their cost-effective approach to complying with capital reserve and margin requirements.

Mr. Menasco has served as an adjunct professor of law at the George Washington University School of Law for over ten years and a frequent lecturer on employee benefit investment matters at the Practicing Law Institute in New York.  He regularly appears in Chambers and Legal 500 lists of top lawyers for employee benefits and executive compensation.


  • Chambers USA, DC: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, 2011-2012, 2016
  • Regarded as “peerless” for prime brokerage, swaps, and derivatives in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers, 2011
  • Legal 500 US, Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, 2008, 2012-2014
  • Senior Teaching Fellow at the Tulane University Law School 
  • Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University Law School 

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