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 Accolades

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

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

  • Momentum Women's Upward Leadership Program, Class 4
  • Junior League of Birmingham
  • Community Ministry for Girls, Inc.

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)

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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