Biography

Kimberly has practiced exclusively in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation for more than 30 years. Clients look to her for technical and practical experience, and sound business judgment.

Kimberly advises for-profit and nonprofit employers on employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, executive compensation, welfare benefit arrangements, incentive plans, and fiduciary issues. Her experience includes designing and drafting plan documents and employee communications, implementing and terminating programs, and compliance in all aspects of ERISA and tax laws.

Assisting clients with ERISA fiduciary compliance is a key aspect of Kimberly's work. She advises and provides fiduciary education to boards, investment committees, and officers; drafts committee charters, resolutions, and meeting minutes; reviews investment policy statements; and assists with internal audits. She also helps clients avoid, prepare for, and respond to Department of Labor, IRS, and PBGC plan audits and drafts submissions for governmental voluntary correction programs.

Kimberly works extensively with welfare plans, including self-insured health plans, cafeteria plans, and wellness programs, drafting plan documents and providing guidance on the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, and COBRA. She also prepares HIPAA privacy manuals and provides in-house HIPAA training for clients.

A significant part of Kimberly's practice involves defined benefit pension plan issues, including the implementation of early retirement windows, and other reduction in force programs, lump sum windows and annuity purchases to de-risk liabilities; drafting plan amendments and employee communications; and preparing government filings with respect to plan mergers, spin-offs, and terminations. She works with single employer plans, multiple employer plans, and multi-employer plans.

While Kimberly works with a wide range of domestic and international clients, she has worked extensively with benefit plans for tax-exempt employers and employers in the energy industry.

Outside the office, Kim is an avid skier and baseball fan. She enjoys spending time with her two sons, running with her dog, practicing yoga, and reading classics.

Services/Industries

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School  (J.D., With Honors)
    • Phi Alpha Delta
    • Vice Chair, Van Vleck Moot Court Board
  • University of Vermont  (B.A., cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Maine

Memberships

  • Maine State and American Bar Associations: Section of Taxation, Employee Benefits (subcommittees on Defined Benefits Plans, Welfare Plan Design and Funding, and Exempt Organizations and Governmental Plans)
  • New England Employee Benefits Council

Honors

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law in Portland, Maine

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Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 2021 Summer Client Advisory

Click here to view as a PDF. This Client Advisory summarizes developments in the law governing employee benefit plans prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We explain what these developments mean for plan sponsors and...

Blog

DOL Signals Heightened Enforcement of Non-Quantitative Treatment Limitation Requirements

Introduction . When the U.S. Department of Labor issued its biennial 2022 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (“MHPAEA”) Report to Congress earlier this year, it outlined significant noncompliance by health plans. (Full...

Blog

Deciphering First Circuit’s Thirty-page Primer on NQTL Analysis and ERISA Information Requests

The widely publicized 2022 Report to Congress regarding the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (“Parity Act”) forewarned greater enforcement efforts by the Department of Labor and highlighted suspected deficiencies in health plans&rsquo...

News

Retirement Plan Sponsors and Service Providers – What You Need to Know About Missing Participants

Verrill partner Kimberly Couch was recently featured in the PLANSPONSOR article “ The Process for Issuing RMDs When Participants Are ‘Missing .'" The article discusses the steps that retirement plan sponsors and service providers...

Publication/Podcast

2021 Year End Employee Benefit Plan Amendments

Health and Welfare Plans Employers that made available COVID-19 relief and benefit enhancements in 2020 – such as the increased carry over limit and extended grace period for health flexible spending accounts – need...

Blog

Correcting 401(k) Plan Excess Elective Deferrals

With the April 15 deadline for distributing excess elective deferrals fast approaching, this post summarizes the rules for correcting excess elective deferrals made to a 401(k) plan. In brief, excess elective deferrals not distributed...

Blog

How many participants is too many for a top hat plan?

A client recently reviewed a census of participants in its deferred compensation plan and found that the covered group amounted to nearly 15% of its total workforce. Mindful of the need to limit the...

Blog

Proposed IRS Regulations Clarify SECURE Act Changes to RMD Rules for Beneficiaries

When the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Security Act of 2019 (SECURE Act) took effect on January 1, 2020, it changed the rules for retirement plan required minimum distributions (RMDs) to participants and...

Blog

How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot with Your SPD

Benefit plan sponsors sometimes send out Summary Plan Descriptions (SPDs) having given too little thought to the legal consequences. Two recent cases illustrate how an organization can end up in serious and costly litigation...

Blog

Surprise Medical Bills: Texas District Court Vacates Portion of Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) Process in Agency Rule

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas recently vacated a portion of the Requirements Related to Surprise Billing, Part II, Interim Final Rule (the “Rule”) regarding the independent dispute resolution (IDR...

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