Beth is the Chief Administrative Officer of the firm and serves as Chair of Maynard Cooper's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice. She has also been a member of the firm's Executive Committee for several years. As leader of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation team, Beth's experience is a valuable asset to other practice groups within the firm in which she is actively involved, including the Fund Formation & Investment Management and Mergers & Acquisitions practices.
She advises clients in matters related to employee benefits and executive compensation including 409A compliance, severance, employee benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions, benefits-related labor relations issues, benefits-related bankruptcy issues and proceedings before government agencies (IRS and DOL) with respect to benefits and compensation matters.
Beth has more than 20 years of employee benefits experience, and she advises clients with respect to, and drafts, all types of executive compensation programs and employee benefit plans, including qualified and nonqualified retirement, deferred compensation, profit sharing, 401(k), defined benefit (including cash balance) and employee stock ownership plans (ESOP). She also advises clients with respect to, and drafts, welfare plans (e.g. health, dental, disability, cafeteria, flex accounts, educational assistance programs, and employee assistance programs), fringe benefits, and perquisites and with respect to both insured and self-insured arrangements, including advising clients with respect to Health Care Reform compliance. Beth advises public clients with respect to retirement plans as well as compliance with GASB Statements 43 and 45 and funding issues associated therewith.
Beth represents corporations and executives in connection with executive, board and management compensation issues, including all types of stock and cash compensation and deferral programs. She works with plan sponsors, trust departments and plan administrators on fiduciary, tax, securities, trust and corporate law issues relating to benefits and compensation.
Beth has been distinguished as a leader in the field, including rankings in the The Best Lawyers in America as the area's Employe Benefits "Lawyer of the Year" and in Super Lawyers, which has included Beth among its "Top 50 Alabama Lawyers" and "Top 25 Women Lawyers in Alabama."
She received her J.D. from the University of Alabama, magna cum laude, where she was editor-in-chief of the Law Review, and she holds a B.S. in Mathematics, cum laude, from Birmingham-Southern College.