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Overview

Mary is partner with a focus on employee benefits. Her practice includes design and compliance of qualified retirement plans and employee welfare benefit plans, including COBRA, and nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements. She also advises employers on employee benefits issues in corporate transactions, correcting errors in the administration of employee benefit plans, and dividing retirement benefits in divorce.

Career Highlights

Awards

  • Recognized in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® lists, 2017-2018
  • Named to Louisville Magazine “Top Lawyers” List in the areas of Employee Benefits Law and Retirement Benefits/Pension Law, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Louisville Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law “Lawyer of the Year,” 2014
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 1995-2018, in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Order of the Coif

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Louisville Employee Benefits Council
  • Southern Employee Benefits Conference
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Past Chair, Board of Directors, Family & Children's Place
  • Member, International Women's Forum – Kentucky
  • Member, National Council, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law

Media

Contributions & Published Works

  • Contributor, Quick Reference Guide to ERISA Compliance (Wolters Kluwer), 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Health Savings Accounts – Show Me the Money!, Kentucky SHRM Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, September 28, 2011
  • Health Savings Accounts: Update on Developments and Special Issues, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Webinar, March 17, 2011
  • Health Care Reform for Employers – Making Health Care Reform Work for Your Organization, Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC, Louisville, Kentucky, June 24, 2010
  • Health Savings Accounts - Coordination With Your Current Benefits Program and Proposals on the Horizon, Kentucky SHRM Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, September 16, 2009
  • Whose Money Is It?  What's a Benefits Committee To Do with a Windfall?  (panel organizer and participant)  Southern Employee Benefits Conference, Fall Fly-In, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2, 2008
  • Tools for Effective Management of Defined Benefit Pension Plans in Today’s Uncertain Environment, Kentucky SHRM Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, October 4, 2006
  • The Pension Protection Act of 2006: An Overview of Important Provisions (panel participant), Southern Employee Benefits Conference Annual Educational Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, September 20, 2006
  • Managing Defined Benefit Pension Plans, Especially Underfunded Ones, in Today’s Environment, Louisville Employee Benefits Council subcouncil meeting, Louisville, Kentucky, April 25, 2006
  • Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) – How Are We Doing So Far?, Kentucky SHRM Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, October 12, 2005
  • Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans – Legislative and Administrative Update, Louisville Employee Benefits Council subcouncil meeting, Louisville, Kentucky, March 22, 2005
  • Employee Benefits Update and Issues for 2005, 04 Legal Update for Corporate Counsel and Human Resource Professionals, Cincinnati, Ohio, December 16, 2004
  • Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) - They're the Latest, Are They the Greatest?, Kentucky SHRM Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, September 23, 2004
  • Distributions from 401(k) Plans, Cincinnati Employee Benefits Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 17, 2004
  • HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules -Compliance is Just Around the Corner, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Lexington, Kentucky, April 1, 2003
  • HIPAA Implementation: Beyond the Basics in Kentucky, Lorman Education Services, Louisville, Kentucky, February 28, 2003
  • HIPAA - The Unexpected Employer Surprise, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Lexington, February 6, 2003; Louisville, Kentucky, January 30, 2003
  • Minding Your Own Business, New Privacy Rules Affect Every Business, Firm and Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Lexington, Kentucky, January 23, 2003; Firm and Greater Louisville, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky, August 15, 2002
  • Nuts and Bolts of 401(k) Plans, Lorman Education Services, Louisville, Kentucky, October 15, 2003, October 15, 2002 and October 24, 2001
  • HIPAA Compliance: Understanding and Implementing the Privacy Regulations and Transactional and Data Code Set Standards, Lorman Education Services, Louisville, Kentucky, June 19, 2002
  • HIPAA & Medical Records Privacy Seminar, Medical Educational Services, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky, November 29, 2001
  • Privacy Seminar for HealthCare Industry, Firm and Health Enterprises Network of Greater Louisville, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky, October 17, 2001
  • Update of Health Law Aspects of ERISA, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Lexington, Kentucky, March 9, 2001
  • New Rules on Electronic Administration of Qualified Plans, Louisville Employee Benefits Council, Qualified Plans Subcouncil Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky, September 26, 2000
  • Understanding HIPAA and its Impact on Employers, Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, Kentucky, September 8, 2000
  • IRAs - New Rules and Attractive Options, National Association of Women Business Owners, Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Chapter, Covington, Kentucky, March 10, 1998
  • Welfare Benefit Plans Subject to ERISA and Recent Changes in Health Care Law, Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, Kentucky, August 28, 1997
  • Legal Environment of Welfare Plans, Louisville Area Chapter of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists, Louisville, Kentucky, March 19, 1997
  • Dependent Care Assistance Plans, Sixth Annual Paralegal Forum, Louisville, Kentucky, November 4, 1994
  • Retirement Planning under the $150,000 Compensation Limitation, Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, Louisville, Kentucky, December 1, 1994
  • Dependent Care Assistance Plans, 1994 Employee Benefits & Pension Law Conference, Law Education Institute, Inc. and The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Lake Buena Vista, Florida, March 4, 1994
  • New Approaches to Executive Compensation: Opportunities and Challenges for 1994, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, October 22, 1993
  • Ethical Questions in the Employee Benefits Area, Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, Kentucky, June 23, 1993
  • Timely Topics and Trends in Employee Benefits, Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, Louisville, Kentucky, June 16, 1993
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, Kentucky, May 29, 1992
  • Investment of ERISA Plan Assets, Northern Kentucky University, Covington, Kentucky, November 8, 1991
  • Deferred Compensation After the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and the Pension Protection Act of 1987, Estate Planning Council of the Miami Valley, Dayton, Ohio, March 15, 1988
  • Taxation of Distributions from Qualified Plans; Nonqualified Plans, Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, Akron, Ohio, September 29, 1987
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders and Retirement Plans, Dayton Bar Association, Dayton, Ohio, November 11, 1986

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University of Kentucky, B.A., Political Science, with high distinction, 1972
University of Dayton, Masters in Public Administration, 1974
Washington University, J.D., 1983

  • Ohio, 1983
    Kentucky, 1990
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