Overview

Laura is the leader of the firm's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice group. She focuses her practice on the design, maintenance and termination of tax-qualified retirement plans and trusts; analysis of employee benefit issues in the context of corporate mergers and acquisitions; welfare plan and flexible benefit plan administration and documentation; various aspects of executive compensation including establishment and maintenance of non-qualified deferred compensation plans; IRS and Department of Labor plan audits; governmental reporting obligations; compliance with ERISA fiduciary and prohibited transaction rules; and corrective actions under regulatory relief programs.

From 2001-2005 Laura served as senior attorney for Convergys Corporation. The combination of her years of experience in private practice and as in-house counsel to a large public corporation with a global footprint provides her with unique and valuable perspective and experience.

Publications
  • ‘Clarification About Out-of-Pocket Maximums Under Group Health Plans May Require Plan Design Changes and Increase Costs in 2016,” Thompson Hine The Law@Work, Summer 2015
  • "Health Care Reform Update – Changes Coming for Over-the-Counter Drugs," CBA Report, November 2010
  • "Health Care Reform Update – External Reviews of Benefit Claims Under Health Care Reform," CBA Report, October 2010
  • "Health Care Reform Update – Employers Must Take Second Look at Grandfathered Status," CBA Report, September 2010
  • "Health Care Reform Update – More Questions Answered," CBA Report, August 2010
  • "Health Care Reform Update – Complying With Federal, State Dependent Coverage Requirements", CBA Report, July, 2010
  • "Understanding Required Changes for Health Plans," CBA Report, June, 2010
  • "The Clock's Ticking on Compliance With New Compensation Rules," Scrap magazine, July/August 2007
  • "New Tax Rules are Creating Work for Firms," Cincinnati Business Courier, June 2007
  • "Changes in Benefits Part of Trade Treaty," Cincinnati Business Courier, 1995
  • Contributing author, Doing Business in and with the United States
Presentations
  • “Surge in ERISA Litigation Leading to Multimillion-Dollar Settlements,” Thompson Hine Premier Client Summit, May 2016
  • “What to Do When…the DOL Investigates Your Benefit Plan,” Thompson Hine Human Resources Briefing, May 2015
  • “401(k) Plan Fees and Funds,” Thompson Hine Premier Client Summit, May 2015
  • “Retirement Plan Update,” Thompson Hine Benefits Briefing, September 2014
  • “New Benefit Plan Disclosure Requirements,” Louisville Area Chapter CEBS Meeting, July 2012
  • "Plan Fiduciary Best Practices – What are they? Why are they so important?", Florida West Coast Employee Benefits Council, January 2011
  • "New Laws, Trends and Best Practices Affecting Group Health Plans," Thompson Hine Spotlight on Women Program, December 2009
  • "Employee Benefit Trends and Issues in Tough Economic Times," Association of Corporate Counsel Southwest Ohio Chapter, February 2009
  • "The Clock is Still Ticking: Despite Extension Full Steam Ahead With 409A," Greater Cincinnati Compensation and Benefits Association, September 2007
  • Panelist, "Executive Compensation- No Longer Business As Usual," Business Courier Business Law Roundtable Series, Cincinnati Ohio, February, 2005
  • "An Introduction to Qualified Retirement Plans and Overview of ERISA," Cincinnati/Dayton Chapter of International CEBS Society, 1996
  • "Overview of Qualified and Non-Qualified Retirement Plans," Cincinnati Chapter of OSCPA, 1995
Distinctions
  • Recognized for excellence in Employment Benefits (ERISA) Law by The Best Lawyers in America, 2015, 2017 and 2018
  • Listed in Legal 500 in Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, 2012 to 2014 and 2017

 

 

Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Professional Activities

  • Planning Committee for annual Cincinnati Employee Benefits Conference, 1998 to  2001
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, former chairperson of the Employee Benefits Committee, 2000 to 2001
  • Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Class V, 2001 
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