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Laura A.Ryan


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Laura A.Ryan


Focus Areas

  • “SECURE 2.0 Deep Dive – Portability: Will Auto-in Become the New Default?” Thompson Hine Webinar, October 2023
  • “SECURE 2.0 Deep Dive – Long-term Part-time Employees: 1.0 + 2.0,” Thompson Hine Webinar, April 2023
  • “SECURE 2.0 Deep Dive – Catch-up Contributions Get Complicated,” Thompson Hine Webinar, March 2023
  • “The Fundamentals of Corporate Board Governance and Fiduciary Duties,” presented to the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Southwest Ohio, May 2022
  • “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
  • Selected to Law360’s Benefits Editorial Advisory Board, 2023, 2024
  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Ohio, 2021 to 2024
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 to 2024 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati
  • Recommended in The Legal 500, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, 2012 to 2014, 2017 to 2024

Professional Associations

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

Professional Activities

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


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1992
  • Northern Kentucky University, B.S., 1989,
    cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
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