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Senior Counsel

Focus Areas

Examples of Leah’s experience include:

  • Representing many large public companies, private employers and private equity funds in corporate mergers and acquisitions, including plan spinoffs, plan mergers, transfers of assets and liabilities, and plan terminations.
  • Advising clients in transactions involving employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) from formation, acquisition, succession planning, rebalancing, and liquidity events.
  • Representing numerous employers in negotiations with the IRS and Department of Labor audits.
  • Providing advice to ERISA-governed plan investment and administrative committees, including counsel regarding fiduciary duties under ERISA and negotiation of fee arrangements with outside vendors such as administrative services agreements, investment advisory agreements, and investment management agreements.
  • Representing tax-exempt organizations in regard to unique issues under 403(b) plans, 457 plans, and non-ERISA governmental plans.
  • Representing numerous employers to ensure their health and welfare plans comply with the Affordable Care Act, COBRA, HIPAA, Mental Health Parity, and GINA.
  • Drafting nonqualified plans, equity plans, and incentive plans to comply with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • “ESOP Distribution Rules,” National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) Employee Ownership Conference, Atlanta, April 2018
  • “What Owners Need to Know,” NCEO Employee Ownership Conference, Tampa, October 2017
  • “Advanced Employee Benefits,” Certificate in Employee Benefits Law Seminar, Institute of Applied Management and Law, Inc., April 2016, May 2016, April 2017, May 2017
  • “The New DOL Fiduciary Rule,” PlanAdviser National Conference, September 2016
  • “Do’s and Don’ts of Employee Stock Ownership Plans,” NCEO Employee Ownership Conference, April 2016
  • “Lessons from the Legal Frontline,” Georgia Society of CPAs, December 2015
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Employee Stock Ownership Plans,” Atlanta Bar Association, Tax Division, October 2015
  • “Benefits Bootcamp – Overview of Health Plans and Severance Plans,” Worldwide Employee Benefits, April 2011
  • “How to Comply with New COBRA, GINA, HIPAA, Mental Health & Michelle’s Law,” MLA Webinar, January 2010
  • “Group Health Plans: Are You Ready for 2010 Deadlines?” MLA Webinar, December 2009
  • “Do You Have Arrangements That Might Be Affected By 409A?” MLA Webinar, January 2008
  • “Self-Funded Health Plan Roundtable,” Sungard Corbel, Orlando, Florida; 2004
  • “Qualified Domestic Relations Orders,” Georgia Legal Aid and Atlanta Legal Aid 2004 Annual CLE Conference, 2004
  • “Legal Assistance for Military Personnel,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2003
  • Selected to the 2011, 2012 Georgia Super Lawyers® Rising Stars lists

Professional Associations

  • Women in Pensions Network
  • Worldwide Employee Benefits Network, Atlanta chapter board member, 2003–2004; 2015–2016
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • National Center for Employee Ownership

Professional Activities

  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers Leadership Academy, 2017

Community Activities

  • Violinist, Orchestra at Peachtree City Methodist Church
  • Boys & Girls Club of West Georgia, Pike County (board member, 2008–2011)
  • Statewide co-coordinator for pro bono legal assistance for military personnel, 2003


  • Mercer University School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • University of West Georgia-Carrollton, B.S., 1997
  • Gordon State College, A.A., 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Court Admissions

  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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