Thought Leadership 03.08.18
Legislation enacted in recent months should result in fewer operational errors and expanded participant opportunities.
Christy Richardson focuses her practice on employee benefits and executive compensation, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, 401(k) plans and health and welfare benefit programs.
Christy advises clients on all aspects of employee benefits, including drafting, designing and implementing, as well as handling operational, compliance, and strategic planning considerations related to tax-qualified plans such as 401(k) plans; non-qualified deferred compensation programs; welfare and health benefit plans encompassing wellness programs, reimbursement accounts (HSAs and HRAs), severance programs, cafeteria plans; fringe benefit plans; bonus programs; and advice related to the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, Affordable Care Act, WARN Act, HIPAA and COBRA compliance issues.
Assists clients with audits by both the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service, and supervises submissions to the IRS regarding its review of retirement plans’ tax-qualified status.
Advises benefits committees and other plan fiduciaries regarding ERISA fiduciary considerations, as well as securities law issues emerging from implementation and administration of employer stock funds in tax-qualified plans.
Negotiates benefits representations, warranties and covenants in both asset and stock transactions, as well as employee matter and transition agreements, earn out agreements and handling related transition issues.
American Bar Association, Tax Section (past chair of the Employee Benefits—Mergers & Acquisitions subcommittee)
Bar Association of San Francisco (current Board member and on its Audit Committee); co-chair in 2013 and 2016 of BASF’s “Food from the Bar” Campaign in conjunction with the Food Bank of San Francisco and Marin
California State Bar Association
J.D., Cornell Law School, 1990
B.A., Mathematics and Government, Claremont McKenna College