Deva A. Kyle
Deva A. Kyle joined the firm in 2022 as Of Counsel after practicing for 18 years in both private practice and for the federal government. At the firm, Ms. Kyle advises clients on a wide range of employee benefits, federal tax, and legislative matters.
Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, Ms. Kyle served as Of Counsel at Bredhoff & Kaiser in Washington D.C. Before that, she served as Tax Counsel on detail to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, as Director of the MPRA program at the Treasury Department and in various roles with the PBGC.
Ms. Kyle began her career in 2004 with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation representing the agency as an attorney and Assistant Chief Counsel in large exposure litigation and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Later she served as Staff Director in the Office of Policy and External Affairs at PBGC, where she was principally responsible for leading the agency’s multiemployer pension policy efforts.
In 2015 and 2016, Ms. Kyle worked at the Treasury Department, where, with a team of Treasury leaders, she crafted Treasury’s Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (“MPRA”) program regulations and processes. Once the program was established, Ms. Kyle oversaw the first team of analysts, actuaries, and attorneys for the Treasury Department’s MPRA program reviewing the most financially and actuarially complex applications for benefit suspension to date. In 2017, she returned to PBGC to serve as Acting Deputy Chief of Negotiations and Restructuring, where she helped lead PBGC’s single and multiemployer insurance programs. There, she participated in single employer early warning program negotiations and oversaw multiemployer Alternative Withdrawal Liability Rule requests, benefit suspension applications, mergers, and partitions, among other complex pension matters.
Ms. Kyle has testified before the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Department of Labor Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans and regularly speaks before professional groups and bar associations regarding employee benefits matters.
Ms. Kyle received her B.A. in Sociology from Vassar College and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Kyle is admitted in California and D.C.
- Practicing Law Institute Faculty
- ABA Labor and Employment law, Employee Benefits Committee
- Co-Chair, ABA Taxation, Employee Benefits Committee, Defined Benefit Subcommittee
- AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance
- International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans