Maynard Cooper & Gale and Nexsen Pruet have agreed to merge on April 1, 2023. Together we will be Maynard Nexsen.

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Sarah's Profile

Sarah joined the Firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice after working for more than five years in-house for a regional bank with over 10,000 employees. In her role as in-house counsel, Sarah regularly advised the human resources department on both day-to-day administration and compliance for existing employee benefits plans, and she was an integral part of planning and design for new benefit programs, including pension, 401(k), and health and welfare benefits. She also supported compensation teams in the design and compliance of incentive programs, including 409A compliance, and was responsible for supporting fiduciary committees, including providing compliance for plan administration and claims procedures. Sarah has the first-hand experience handling all facets of a corporation’s employee benefits plans and the regulatory and compliance issues from the corporate perspective, particularly those in the banking and financial services sector, which greatly benefits the clients she represents.

With over ten years of experience in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation areas, Sarah now focuses on assisting clients of all ranges and across a broader spectrum in matters involving all types of qualified and non-qualified plans, health and welfare plans, and incentive compensation arrangements. She has substantial experience advising clients on complex qualified and non-qualified plans and health and welfare issues, as well as assisting clients with the day-to-day administration of qualified and non-qualified plans and health and welfare plans.

Sarah's Accolades

The Best Lawyers in America© for Corporate Law (2023)


State Bar: Alabama

  • University of Alabama School of Law
    • (2009, J.D., summa cum laude; Alabama Law Review; Order of the Coif; Hugo Black Scholar; Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award Recipient)

  • Mississippi State University
    • (2005, B.S. Psychology, summa cum laude)

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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Monday, May 10, 2021

Experienced In-House Counsel Joins Maynard

Maynard & Gale (Maynard) is pleased to welcome Sarah Dorner to the Firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice. Ms. Dorner will work from the Firm’s Birmingham, AL office. Ms. Dorner returns to Maynard as Of Counsel after more than five years as in-house legal counsel for a global banking...

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