Russell-HollrahRussell A. Hollrah


Russell A. Hollrah is an “AV” rated attorney with a national practice dedicated to employee-benefits, employment taxes, and the specific application of those laws to contingent workers, such as independent contractors and leased employees. He advises firms on structuring relationships with contingent workers, either directly or through a third-party firm. He also defends companies against challenges to their treatment of workers as non-employees. His clients include both the companies for which contingent workers perform services as well as the companies that engage workers and refer or assign them to perform services for other companies. His practice covers both federal and state laws.

Mr. Hollrah is the author of Alternate Staffing (PJC Publishing) and When Leasing is Smarter than Hiring (Thompson Publishing Group). He is a contributing author on contingent-worker issues for the treatise Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel (West Group) and for The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 (ALI-ABA). Mr. Hollrah has published numerous articles on contingent-worker and employee-benefits issues in professional journals, such as the PEO Insider, Journal of Compensation and Benefits, The Tax Executive, The Daily Report for Executives, and Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal. He has been quoted on contingent-worker issues in publications such as Newsweek, Investors Business Daily, Purple Squirrel, HR Magazine, IP Magazine, Telecommute Magazine, Tax Notes, and Forbes.

He was retained as a special consultant to design internet-based independent-contractor evaluation programs for a Fortune 100 company and an independent-contractor advisory firm, as well as to develop a nationally marketed computer program for creating independent-contractor arrangements. Mr. Hollrah served as Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association (2002-2004). He received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland, beta alpha psi, a J.D. from the University of Tulsa, where he served as a member of its law journal, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University. Mr. Hollrah is a former equity partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Mr. Hollrah has been a featured speaker on employee benefits and contingent-worker issues before organizations such as the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, Tax Section of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Washington Employee Benefits Group, Private Care Association, National Association of Independent Insurers, Direct Selling Association, National Association for Retail Marketing Services, Mystery Shopping Providers Association, New York State Land Title Association, American Payroll Association, National Association of Demonstration Companies, National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses, Driver Employer Council of America, Coalition to Promote Independent Entrepreneurs, and Independent Contractor Association of America.