Overview

Laura is a partner in 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
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
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 to 2021 in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Cincinnati
  • Listed in Legal 500 in Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, 2012 to 2014, 2017 to 2020

 

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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