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 Accolades

  • 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

  • Alabama Profit Sharing Council

  • 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)

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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