Maria's Profile

Maria 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. She represents employers in the design, implementation, demonstration, and correction of tax-qualified retirement plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, executive compensation arrangements, and health and other welfare benefit plans.

In addition, Maria has experience in the area of mergers and acquisitions where she represents both buyers and sellers of small to mid-size firms across a range of industries. Through the due diligence review process involved with various transactions, she has reviewed hundreds of commercial contracts in a variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, and technology.

Maria's Accolades

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (2021-present)

Admissions

State Bar: Alabama

Education
  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
    • (2011, J.D., summa cum laude; Cumberland Law Review, Copy Editor; Presidential Scholarship; Judge Abraham Caruthers Fellow)

  • University of Alabama
    • (2008, B.A., summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa)


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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