Accomplished employee benefits and ERISA attorney Sharon Lippett helps companies design and administer employee benefit plans that contribute to the retention and motivation of their employees. A patient and keen listener, Sharon creates compliant, unambiguous employee benefit plans that address her clients’ needs. Her clients (which include large companies across multiple industries and locations with individually designed employee benefit plans) also value Sharon’s practical, commercial advice regarding plan administration and communication.
Sharon helps her clients comply with the myriad legal requirements applicable to employee benefit plans. With an MBA and prior work experience as an employee benefits manager at a global telecommunications company, Sharon combines business acumen with legal knowledge to solve the benefits-related problems her clients face.
Fiduciaries (including investment fiduciaries of plans sponsored by employers in the financial services industry) seek Sharon’s advice on plan governance and best practices for plan fiduciaries, the administration of retirement plans and welfare plans, and on the formulation and implementation of policies for the investment of retirement plan assets.
Sharon counsels employers on the design, administration, and regulatory compliance of tax-qualified defined benefit and defined contribution plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, and other arrangements. She drafts plan documents, summary plan descriptions, and agreements between plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries, and plan service providers, such as trustees, record keepers, asset managers, third-party administrators, insurers, and auditors. Clients also rely on Sharon for advice on compensation and benefit matters and legal compliance (related to ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, and HIPAA) in connection with corporate transactions and plan terminations.
Before joining Epstein Becker Green, Sharon was an attorney in the Compensation, Governance & ERISA Group of a large global law firm.