Frances' Profile

Frances King Quick serves employers in the establishment and maintenance of qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans, including ESOP transactions, IRAs, plan qualification, plan terminations, prohibited transactions, and fiduciary compliance. Her practice is geared toward providing employees and financial institutions the most effective and efficient means of accomplishing their business goals. She is experienced in a wide range of matters involving employee benefit plans.

Frances' extensive experience in these practice areas has been widely recognized. Frances was listed as Best Lawyers® 2016 ERISA "Lawyer of the Year" in Birmingham, and she has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© consistently since 2007, and in Mid-South Super Lawyers. Frances has also been listed as The Best Lawyers in America© in Health Care since 2010.

In 2016, Frances was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. She is a Life Fellow of the Birmingham Bar Foundation. Frances is a frequent speaker on topics of interest to benefits professionals and she was an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama School of Law teaching ERISA in 1997 and 1998.

Prior to joining Maynard Cooper, Frances was a Law Clerk to former Northern District of Alabama Chief Judge Sam C. Pointer, Jr. from 1991-1992. Following her clerkship, she practiced with another Birmingham firm from 1992-2008.

Frances's Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Health Care Law (2007-present)
  • Best Lawyers® 2016 and 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in ERISA
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers for Employee Benefits (2016 - present)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers - Employee Benefits/ERISA (2008-2015)
  • Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • Named Top ERISA Lawyer by Birmingham Magazine (2011)
  • Birmingham Business Journal's Best of Bar, 2006 - Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Birmingham Bar Association - Burton Barnes III 2012 Public Service Award
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Women Lawyers Section - Distinguished Service Award, 2002, 2010, 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating - 2000-Present
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Birmingham Business Journal Bizwomen Mentoring Monday Mentor
  • Life Fellow, Birmingham Bar Association

Frances's Affiliations and Civic Involvement


  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Alabama State Bar Association, Women’s Section
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Executive Committee 2005-2008; Past Chair, Women Lawyers Section
  • University of Alabama School of Law Leadership Council
  • North Alabama Society of Human Resource Managers (NASHRM)

Civic Involvement

  • Leighton Civic Club, Vice President 2019-2021
  • Junior Achievement of Alabama Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Board Chair 2015-2017
  • The Women’s Network, President 2009
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, Chief Colbert Chapter
  • Maud Lindsay Study Club
  • P.E.O., Alabama Chapter S, Chaplin
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Leighton United Methodist Church
  • King Cemetery, Secretary
  • Birmingham Duplicate Bridge Club, Member
  • Women's Wednesdays

Frances's Speaking Engagements

  • April 29, 2020: "Recent Developments in the COVID-19 Crisis and the Stimulus Bill" - The Georgia Society of Certified Accountants, Webinar
  • March 18, 2016: “DOL Audits: Legal Perspectives,” Panel Presentation, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • April 15, 2015: “ACA After Five Years – 2015 Update,”Birmingham Society of Human Resource Management, Homewood, Alabama.
  • April 22, 2015: “Affordable Care Act After Five Years – 2015 Update,” Birmingham Society of Human Resource Management, Vestavia, Alabama.
  • February 12, 2014: “Healthcare Reform Update: Everything You Wanted to Know and Were Afraid to Ask,” Birmingham Society of Human Resource Managers, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • June 4, 2013: “The Affordable Care Act and HIPAA,” Governor’s Labor & Management Conference, Perdido Key, Florida.
  • April 10, 2013: “Affordable Care Act Legal Update,” Birmingham Society of Human Resource Managers, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • March 19, 2013: “New EPCRS Procedures: New Rules for Plan Corrections,” Alabama Profit Sharing/401(k) Council, Vestavia, Alabama.
  • August 28, 2013: “HIPAA Compliance”, International Society of Certified Employee Benefits Specialists, Hoover, Alabama.
  • September22, 2010: “Retirement Design for Nonprofits and Related Compliance Issues”, Alabama Primary Health Care Association, Mobile, Alabama.
  • Feb. 24, 2010: 401(k) Administrative and Fiduciary Issues, Merrill Lynch Trustees Round Table, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • October 8, 2009: “Practical Tips for Avoiding or Surviving Fiduciary Litigation,” Alabama Bankers’ Association, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • May 2006: “Understanding the 401(k) Regulations,” Alabama Profit Sharing/401(k) Council, Vestavia, Alabama.
  • October 25-26, 2001: “Types of Retirement Plans”, 47th Annual Human Resources Management Conference, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • November 6, 2007: “401(k) Retirement Plan Fees and Expenses”, Regions Morgan Keegan Trust Institutional Trust Institute, Mobile, Alabama.
  • August 18, 2006: “Using IRAs And 401(k)s To Invest In Real Estate And Nontraditional Assets”, Lorman Education Services.
  • July 22, 2005: “Taxation and Distribution of Benefits”
  • January 22, 2003: “Mental Health Benefits”, Certified Employee Benefits Specialists (CEBS), Birmingham, Alabama.
  • January 25, 2001: “CEBS Annual Benefits Update: Welfare Benefits Update” and “Cafeteria Plan Regulations”, Certified Employee Benefits Specialists (CEBS), Birmingham, Alabama.
  • November 11, 2005: “Retirement Benefit Strategies: What You Need to Know Now”, Lorman Education Services.
  • September 26, 2005: “The Role Trustees and HR Personnel Played at Enron”, Regions Morgan Keegan Institutional Trust Institute, Mobile, Alabama.
  • 2000: Faculty Member, ERISA Symposium 2000, Alabama Bar Institute Continuing Legal Education, University of Alabama School of Law,.


State Bar: Alabama

U.S. District Court: Alabama (Northern, Middle, Southern)

U.S. Court of Appeals: Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Tax Court

  • University of Alabama School of Law
    • (1991, J.D., Alabama Law Review, Managing Editor; Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award; Order of the Coif; Hugo L. Black Scholar; John A. Campbell Moot Court Board; Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society; Farrah Law Society)
  • University of Alabama
    • (1979, B.A.)

Former Chief Judge Sam C. Pointer, Jr.
Northern District of Alabama

Friday, September 17, 2021

The DOL's Laser Focus on Mental Health Parity: Practical Considerations for Plan Sponsors

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) entered into a settlement agreement with UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company, United Behavioral Health, and Oxford Health Insurance, Inc. (collectively, “United”), wherein United agreed to pay more than $15.6 million to settle allegations that they violated the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act...

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

179 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022

Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 179 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, including 17 who are distinguished as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of expertise and 48 of the Firm’s younger attorneys...

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Monday, March 29, 2021

DOL Delivers Administrative Headaches with Updated Outbreak Period Extension Guidance

Just as (everyone thought) time was set to expire on the 2020 Outbreak Period Extension guidance released by DOL, HHS, IRS, and the Department of the Treasury, the DOL (in coordination with the other agencies) released EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-1 (“Notice 2021-1”) setting forth a case-by-case approach for determining...

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