Jessica's Profile

Jessica is a Shareholder in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice at Maynard Cooper.

Her practice is dedicated to representing employers in the design, implementation, administration, and correction of tax-qualified retirement plans (including cash balance plans, ESOPs, and more traditional pension and 401(k) plans), non-qualified deferred compensation plans, executive compensation arrangements, and health and other welfare benefit plans.

As part of this practice, she counsels clients on qualified retirement plan design and administration, including government reporting, compliance matters, and day-to-day issues. She also provides advice to public and private companies concerning executive compensation matters and Section 409A compliance, including drafting and designing employment agreements, equity-based compensation programs, incentive bonus arrangements, and individual and group deferred compensation plans. In addition, Jessica has extensive experience dealing with complex employee benefit plan issues surrounding the purchase or sale of the equity interests or assets of corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies.

Jessica is a member of Maynard Cooper's Investment Committee and Women's Initiative Committee.

Jessica's Awards

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

Jessica's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

Affiliations

  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Southern Employee Benefits Conference
  • Society of Human Resource Managers

Civic Involvement

  • Junior League of Birmingham
  • Community Ministry for Girls, Inc.

Bar Admissions

State Bar: Alabama

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center
    • (2011, J.D., Law Center Scholar Scholarship; DeCrane Endowed Scholarship)
  • University of Alabama
    • (2008, B.A., University Honors Program; Blount Undergraduate Initiative)

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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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Flex Plans are Extra Flexible in 2021

Employers who sponsor a Section 125 cafeteria (“flexible benefits”) plan, including those with a health and/or dependent care flexible spending account (each a “FSA”), may adopt new rules for their plans under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “CAA”), and related IRS Notice 2021-15 (the “Notice”). In addition to these...

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

COBRA Provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act: Time is of the Essence for Employers

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”), which is the latest round of federal economic stimulus legislation in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The ARPA has several benefits-related provisions, the most notable of which is the COBRA premium subsidy...

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