Jimmy's Profile

Jimmy counsels clients in all aspects of employee benefits law, including fiduciary aspects of ERISA, qualified pension (both traditional and cash balance plans) and 401(k) profit sharing plans, ESOPs (leveraged and non-leveraged), non-qualified deferred compensation plans, welfare benefit plans, severance plans and deferred compensation agreements for governmental and not-for-profit organizations. Additionally, Jimmy advises clients on all aspects of employee benefit plan issues arising in mergers and acquisitions, from conducting due diligence to integrating employee benefit plans and breaking-up of such plans. He also represents clients in preparing for and managing IRS and DOL audits and correcting plan defects in tax-qualified retirement plans through IRS and DOL voluntary correction programs.

Jimmy is a Shareholder and Co-Chair of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice at Maynard Cooper. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, and he was also recognized as the Best Lawyers 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in this area of law.

He worked as a tax consultant for Deloitte prior to attending law school. He received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and holds a B.S. in Accounting from UAB.

Jimmy's Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (2010 - present)
  • Best Lawyers® 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Alabama Super Lawyers (2009)

Jimmy's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

Affiliations
  • Alabama Profit Sharing Council

Bar Admissions
Education
  • University of Alabama School of Law
    • (1998, J.D., magna cum laude; Hugo M. Black Scholar; Dean M. Leigh Harrison Scholar; Order of the Coif)

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • (1993, B.S., Accounting)

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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