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    Biography

    Jamie focuses her practice on counseling clients of all types and sizes on a wide variety of ERISA and employee benefits issues. She works collaboratively with her clients to help them adopt, operate, amend, and when the time is right, terminate their employee benefit plans in the midst of a complex and ever-changing area of the law.

    Jamie assists clients with all aspects of plan design, compliance, and documentation, including plan adoption, amendment, merger, and termination. She counsels clients regarding day-to-day benefits administration and compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, USERRA and other applicable law. If the need arises, she works closely with clients to identify and correct errors in their benefit plans. She also provides fiduciary training to support best practices and minimize exposure. Jamie advises clients regarding benefits consequences and compliance in reductions in force (RIFs), furloughs, layoffs, and severances. 

    Jamie is also a member in the firm’s Fiduciary Litigation Team, as well as the Women’s Initiative. 

    Click the link to listen: "COVID-19 @ Work: Straight Talk Series - Session IV: Employee Benefits," Employment Law Alliance, May 2020

    Click the link to listen: "Mental Health in the Workplace," Employment Law Alliance, June 2019

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    The Best Lawyers in America®
    Firm Representative, Employment Law Alliance
    1997, Order of the Coif, University of Virginia School of Law
    1996, Notes Editor, Virginia Law Review
    1993, Summa cum Laude, B.A., Marshall University
    1993, Society of Yeager Scholars

    Key Experience

    Drafts plan documents and employee communications for defined benefit pension plans, 401(k) plans, profit sharing plans, fully insured medical plans, self-insured medical plans, HRAs, health FSAs, dependent care FSAs, cafeteria plans, and wrap plans
    Prepares filings to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL), including responses to IRS proposed penalty assessments (Letter 226J) concerning the ACA Play or Pay mandate; Voluntary Compliance Program (VCP) filings under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System program (EPCRS); Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program (DFVCP) and Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program (VFCP) filings to DOL; and represents clients in IRS and DOL audits
    Counsels clients in connection with pension de-risking, reversion issues, and plan terminations

    Work Experience

    2008 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2002-2004 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    1999-2002 Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston, MA
    1997-1999 Law Clerk, The Honorable Charles H. Haden II, U.S. District Court

    Speaking Engagements

    Panelist, "Employee Benefits, COVID-19@Work – Straight Talk Series," Employment Law Alliance, May 2020

    "Mental Health in the Workplace," Employment Law Alliance, June 2019

    Presenter, "ACA Play or Pay Enforcement," Schneider Downs Employee Benefits Forum, March 2018

    Presenter, "ACA Play or Pay Enforcement: The Taxman Cometh," Assured Partners, January 2018

    Presenter, “ACA in 2016: Miles to Go Before We Sleep,” Annual Human Resources Conference, West Virginia Healthcare Human Resources Association, September 2016

    Numerous presentations at conferences and for industry groups on employee benefits issues, including the Affordable Care Act.