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ERISA in General
Disclosure and Reporting Obligations for Group Health Plans
ERISA Fiduciary and Claims Procedures
Tax Laws and Employee Benefits
Laws Related to Group Health Plans
Continuation Coverage Requirements
HIPAA Privacy and Security
Other Group Health Plan Issues
Other Laws that Impact Benefit Plans
Other Employer-provided Fringe Benefit Plans
Federal Health Care Reform
Jared M. Asbury joined Wood Jenkins LLC (formerly known as Wood Crapo LLC), a Salt Lake City, Utah firm in 2009 after working with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and the Utah State Tax Commission. His practice focuses on taxation (federal, state, and local) and related matters, including estate planning, employee benefits, and business organizations and transactions. Mr. Asbury also has experience in commercial and employment litigation. Mr. Asbury received his LL.M. in Taxation in 2009 from the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, where he was a Graduate Tax Scholar and an Editor of the Florida Tax Review and received his J.D. in 2008 from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School.
Julie K. Athey has written numerous publications for human resources professionals, including the manuals HR Q&A: Family and Medical Leave Act, Wage & Hour Compliance: Practical Solutions for HR, and HR Quicklist: Practical Legal Steps for Responding to Workplace Events. She has also authored numerous HR Executive Special Reports, including Overtime Ins and Outs: How to Comply with the FLSA; How to Comply with COBRA Without Getting Bit; How to Fire Employees Without Getting Burned; You & USERRA: An Employer’s Guide to Military Leave; and Managing Your Workplace in an Electronic Age. Ms. Athey graduated with honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law, where she was an editor of the Energy Law Journal. She also obtained her undergraduate degree in English, cum laude, from the University of Tulsa.
Michael E. Barnsback is a principal with the law firm of DiMuroGinsberg, P.C., a firm located in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Barnsback represents clients primarily in the areas of employment law and complex civil litigation. Mr. Barnsback represents Virginia employers in all aspects of employment law including: Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, USERRA, ADEA, Equal Pay Act, EEOC and FEP investigations, OFCCP audits, Affirmative Action Plans, handbook review and drafting, employment contract review and drafting, internal investigations, and employee review, discipline, and terminations. Mr. Barnsback has significant experience in litigation involving business torts, including business conspiracy, tortious interference with contract and business expectancies, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duties, and breach of noncompetition agreements.
David Benoit advises employee benefit plan sponsors and fiduciaries on the ever-expanding multitude of statutes and legal issues affecting employee benefit plans. Mr. Benoit has over 15 years of experience with all aspects of health and welfare plans, qualified retirement plans, executive compensation issues, fiduciary compliance and related litigation, as well as extensive experience working with the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service. Prior to founding Benoit Diaz, a firm located in Atlanta, Georgia, in the fall of 2006, Mr. Benoit practiced for over a decade with the national law firm of Alston & Bird, LLP, and spent three years as a Manager in the Benefits Tax group at Deloitte & Touche.
Douglas R. Chamberlain is a senior member of Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C., a law firm based in Concord, New Hampshire. He practices extensively in the employee benefits field, assisting clients with tax and ERISA issues involving their retirement plans and fringe benefit programs of all types. An honors graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School, for more than 30 years Mr. Chamberlain has lectured and written extensively on employee benefits and related topics, and since 1987 has been cited by The Best Lawyers in America for his work in this field. He also advises businesses and professional groups, particularly in the health care field, on matters of corporate governance, contracts, and mergers and acquisitions.
Benjamin J. Conley is an associate in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and focuses his practice on employee benefit plans. Mr. Conley has experience counseling clients on qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation. Mr. Conley regularly advises clients on defined benefit and defined contribution plan compliance, including corrections for plan operational errors. He assists clients in drafting plan documents, plan amendments, and participant communications and advises clients on health and welfare plan compliance, including medical and dental plans, cafeteria plans, flexible spending accounts, and dependent care spending accounts. Mr. Conley also counsels clients on plan design decisions relating to COBRA, HIPAA privacy regulations, and health care reform legislation.
Jenifer A. Cromwell is a senior associate with Groom Law Group, Chartered, a Washington, D.C. firm, and a member of the firm’s health and welfare practice group. Ms. Cromwell’s clients include plan sponsors, VEBAs, multiemployer plans, insurers, and other service providers. She advises clients on a wide range of tax issues relating to health and welfare plans, including rules for cafeteria plans, health savings accounts, voluntary employees’ beneficiary associations, and other employee benefit arrangements. Ms. Cromwell also advises clients on compliance matters involving federal laws such as ERISA, COBRA, and HIPAA and various state laws and regulations affecting health and welfare benefits.
Ralph E. DeJong is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in its Chicago office. He focuses his practice on the compensation, executive benefits, and employee benefits of tax-exempt organizations. This includes designing and preparing deferred and incentive compensation arrangements, leading governing boards in the review and approval of executive and physician compensation arrangements, negotiating and preparing executive and physician employment agreements, and analyzing the private inurement and intermediate sanctions implications of executive and physician compensation and benefit arrangements. He serves as executive compensation counsel to the board-level compensation committees of many hospitals, health systems, and other tax-exempt organizations.
Ashley Gillihan is counsel in the Atlanta office of Alston & Bird LLP and a member of the firm's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and ERISA Litigation Groups. Mr. Gillihan focuses his practice exclusively on health and welfare employee benefit compliance and litigation issues for employers, health plan administrators, and other health and welfare benefit plan service providers. He also has extensive experience assisting financial institutions and insurance companies who serve as Health Savings Account trustees or custodians. Mr. Gillihan is active in publishing and speaking on various health and welfare benefit plan-related topics and serves as a faculty member and/or technical advisor for several health and welfare benefit plan focused organizations.
David R. Godofsky, F.S.A., is the leader of Alston & Bird LLP’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He has a multidisciplinary practice that is unique in the United States. His ability to integrate legal analysis with cost, funding, administration, and benefit design considerations is informed by his education and years of experience as an actuary and consultant. Mr. Godofsky also provides unique subject matter expertise as part of a team of litigators who have represented several major employers in cutting-edge, class action litigation and other “bet the company” litigation matters.
Anne Tyler Hamby is an associate and a member of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group at Alston & Bird LLP with a practice focus on health and welfare benefits and qualified plans. Ms. Hamby’s practice includes working on design, implementation, and administration matters related to health and welfare benefits and qualified plans. She also assists with employee benefits issues related to corporate mergers and acquisitions and works on various aspects of executive deferred compensation arrangements, including compliance with Internal Revenue Code 409A.
In addition, Ms. Hamby has experience working with health plans regarding compliance with ERISA and HIPAA requirements, including related programs such as cafeteria plans and health reimbursement arrangements.
John R. Hickman is head of Alston & Bird LLP’s Health Benefits Practice where he leads five attorneys devoted exclusively to HIPAA privacy, flexible benefits, and other health and welfare benefit issues. Mr. Hickman has been a pioneer in the consumer-directed health care arena and has worked closely with health plans, financial institutions, and employers as well as the IRS, Treasury, and DOL in developing guidance for tax-favored health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs). Mr. Hickman has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers magazine, and Who’s Who Legal in the employee benefits area. Mr. Hickman has lectured widely and published articles on HIPAA, ERISA litigation, and cafeteria and health plan issues.
Rebecca L. Hudson is a partner in the Denver, Colorado, office of Holland & Hart LLP and is the leader of the firm's Employee Benefits group. Her practice areas include employee benefits, ERISA, governmental plans, executive compensation & 409A, 403(b) & 457 plans, and health and welfare benefits. Ms. Hudson advises employers on virtually all aspects of employee benefits including pension plans, welfare plans, and executive compensation plans and counsels a broad range of clients on employee benefit issues. Ms. Hudson routinely works with large governmental plans to assist the sponsors in keeping the plans tax-qualified and in compliance with complex state laws.
Tamara S. Killion is an associate with Groom Law Group, Chartered, a Washington, D.C. firm, and her practice includes health and welfare and fiduciary responsibility practice areas. She is actively involved in health care reform, advising and educating clients on compliance. She also works with clients on employee benefit plans, including plan design, claims administration, and compliance with ERISA’s fiduciary responsibility provisions. Additionally, she is involved in advising clients on legislative and regulatory initiatives. Before joining the Groom Law Group, Ms. Killion clerked for the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and then worked for the U.S. Department of Labor as an attorney in the Office of the Solicitor’s Honors Program. In private practice, she has represented employers and plans in ERISA fiduciary litigation and employers in wage and hour litigation and appeals.
Jason P. Lacey is a partner in the Wichita, Kansas office of Foulston Siefkin LLP. He practices primarily in the areas of taxation, employee benefits, and executive compensation. He assists both taxable and tax-exempt employers with a wide variety of tax, employee benefit, and executive compensation matters, including design and administration of welfare benefit plans and qualified and nonqualified pension, retirement savings, and deferred compensation plans, and related compliance issues under the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, and state law. He also regularly represents clients with respect to the tax and business aspects of employment contracts and entity formation and in controversies with the IRS and the Department of Labor. His clients span numerous industry sectors, including manufacturing, health care, insurance, and professional services.
Johann Lee is a member of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation group at the Washington, D.C. office of Alston & Bird LLP. Mr. Lee concentrates his practice on health and welfare benefits law issues for employers, associations, insurers, and health care and administrative service providers and is a frequent speaker and author on such matters. His extensive experience in this area covers the full spectrum of issues involved in the proper and efficient design, financing, and delivery of employee health and welfare benefits and related services, including issues under ERISA, HIPAA, and the Internal Revenue Code. He received his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Elizabeth A. Nedrow is a partner in the Billings, Montana, office of Holland & Hart LLP. Her practice areas include employee benefits, ERISA, executive compensation & 409A, employee stock ownership plan transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and equity compensation. Ms. Nedrow is a Montana native who has been with Holland & Hart since 1995 and is currently the Chair of the firm's Benefits Law Group. She advises employers on virtually all aspects of employee benefits including pension plans, welfare plans, and executive compensation plans.
David W. Powell is a principal with Groom Law Group, Chartered, a Washington, D.C. firm, and has worked on tax and ERISA issues relating to all types of employee pension and welfare benefit plans for over 26 years. He specializes in qualified plans of public companies including 401(k), profit sharing, pension and cash balance plans, and international benefits tax issues. Mr. Powell is a leading expert on the subjects of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) for public companies, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, including SERPs and other types of top hat and executive compensation arrangements and Code section 409A, plans for tax exempt organizations, including churches, and plans for governmental employers. Mr. Powell speaks and writes frequently on these subjects from the perspective of both employers and financial service providers.
Fritz Richter, III, is a member of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC and is based out of the firm’s Nashville, Tennessee office. Fritz Richter has been practicing exclusively in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation for over 20 years. He advises a large number of clients on the design, implementation, and administration of all types of employee benefit plans and compensation arrangements. Mr. Richter has extensive experience counseling clients on employee benefits issues arising in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and other business transactions. Another significant part of his practice is representing clients on employee benefit matters involving the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, especially in litigation and other disputes, plan audits, and IRS and DOL plan correction programs.
Mary K. Samsa is a member of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group in the Chicago office of Polsinelli Shughart PC. In her 15+ years of practice, she has represented a wide range of organizations including, but not limited to, Fortune 100 public companies, privately held companies, multinational organizations, not-for-profit hospital systems, as well as educational institutions. Her primary practice focuses on executive compensation (for both taxable and tax-exempt entities) where she regularly advises on nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, executive employment arrangements (including the rebuttable presumption of reasonableness for tax-exempt entities), equity compensation arrangements, SEC reporting, Section 162(m) compliance, and change in control issues, to name just a few.
Michael L. Thompson is a shareholder of the national labor and employment law firm Lehr Middlebrooks & Vreeland, P.C. located in Birmingham, Alabama. The firm exclusively represents management throughout the United States in all aspects of the employment relationship, including the defense of employment disputes, counseling employers regarding problem avoidance strategies, conducting HR audits and supervisory training sessions, and employee benefits issues. Mr. Thompson’s practice includes an employee benefits practice focused on assisting employers in maintaining or establishing employee welfare and pension plans in compliance with applicable federal requirements and a business immigration practice.
Jessica Webb-Ayer is an Attorney Editor at M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC. She manages and edits the benefits manual titled, Benefits Compliance: Strategies for Plans, Programs & Policies. She was the editor of the Benefits & Compensation Law Alert and the Benefits & Compensation Law for Nonprofits newsletters and is the editor of the new Benefits Compliance Advisor newsletter. She is also the editor of four workers’ compensation newsletters: California Employers Workers’ Comp Alert, Florida Employers Workers’ Comp Alert, Michigan Employers Workers’ Comp Alert, and Texas Employers Workers’ Comp Alert. She has written and edited several additional publications on labor and employment law, including the Basic Training for Employees series and the trainer’s guides for the revised editions of Stop Sexual Harassment Interactive Training for Supervisors and Stop Sexual Harassment Interactive Training for Employees.
Brigen L. Winters is a principal at Groom Law Group, Chartered, a Washington, D.C. firm of over 50 attorneys that focuses on ERISA and employee benefits issues. Mr. Winters co-chairs the firm's Policy and Legislation practice group and also works with the firm's Executive Compensation, Health and Welfare, Plan Design and Taxation, and Public and Multiemployer Plans practice groups. His practice includes counseling plan sponsors, insurers, and other financial institutions regarding executive compensation, health and welfare and tax-qualified arrangements, and advising plan sponsors, coalitions, and trade associations on legislative and regulatory matters. Mr. Winters returned to the firm in January 2002 after serving for three years as majority tax counsel to the House Committee on Ways and Means. Over the last several years, Mr. Winters has worked extensively on health reform issues that were part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.