About The Program

Recognizing a need in the legal community
pinpoint map In 1963 the American Bar Association created the Program because it recognized that the legal community could benefit from a unique type of retirement plan to meet its needs. In the past, partnerships did not have the same access to tax-deferred retirement plan benefits as they do today. The Program was created in part to allow, under a Collective Trust structure, partnerships and small law firms to access these benefits. Over time, the Program developed into a comprehensive and affordable retirement plan that, today, serves nearly 3,900 member law firm plans and more than 36,000 participants (as of December 31, 2016).
Delivering valuable benefits to law firms
The ABA Retirement Funds Program is designed to provide unique, full-service 401(k) plans to the legal community. By leveraging its size, the Program brings together thousands of law firm retirement plans to offer a fund menu and service package typically available to only the largest of corporate retirement plans. This leverage allows the Program to bundle some of the largest and best known financial services providers in the industry.



  1.  Assets under advisement includes aggregated data for Mercer Trust Company and its affiliated companies globally (“Mercer”). Data is derived from a variety of sources, including, but not limited to, third-party custodians or investment managers, regulatory filings, and client self-reported data. Mercer has not independently verified the data. Where available, data is provided as of June 30, 2016 (“Reporting Date”). If data was not available as of the Reporting Date, information from a date closest in time to the Reporting Date, which may be of a more recent date than the Reporting Date, was included. Data includes assets of clients that have engaged Mercer to provide project-based services within the 12-month period ending on the Reporting Date, and assets of clients that subscribe to Mercer’s Manager Research database. 
  2.  As published by Pensions and Investments Special Report of top DC Recordkeepers as of December 31, 2016 (based on September 2016 data). 
  3.  TD Ameritrade was evaluated against 15 others in the 2017 Barron’s Online Broker Review, March 18, 2017. The firm was ranked 1st in the categories “Best for Long-Term Investing,” “Best for Novices” and “Usability.” TD Ameritrade was also awarded the highest star rating (4.5) in “Best for Investor Education” (shared with two others). Star ratings are out of a possible 5. Barron’s is a trademark of Dow Jones, L.P. All rights reserved.

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