Biography

Since joining the firm in 1988, Lisa has practiced exclusively in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation, with a particular emphasis on the design, drafting and operation of 401(k) plans (of both publicly traded and privately held companies), IRS correction programs and procedures for qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, and ERISA fiduciary duties and responsibilities.

Lisa regularly advises 401(k) plan clients regarding the design and implementation of automatic contribution arrangements (including QACAs and EACAs); implementation of a qualified default investment alternative (QDIA) and the requirements for compliance with the QDIA regulations; and procedures for plan loan administration, QDRO administration, missing participants and uncashed distribution checks. She has extensive experience (1) advising clients on the requirements applicable to tax-qualified retirement plans and nonqualified deferred compensation plans, (2) representing clients whose employee benefit plans are audited by the IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor, and (3) advising clients on employee benefit plan issues in mergers and acquisitions. She also has deep experience drafting plan documents, fiduciary committee documents, including investment policy statements and charters, and participant disclosure documents, including SPDs and required notices. 

Lisa served on the firm's Associate Review Committee from July 2006 through April 2015 and chaired that Committee from January 2009 through April 2015. In 2017, she chaired the firm's Associate Leave Policy Task Force. As a mother of triplets, Lisa enjoys mentoring younger attorneys on work/life balance issues.

Services / Industries

Education

  • Duke University School of Law  (J.D.)
  • Hamilton College  (B.A., magna cum laude)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Public Service

  • Past President and Member, Falmouth Maine Emergency Medical Team

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • American Bar Association 
  • Maine State Bar Association, including the Women’s Law Section 
  • Maine Employee Benefits Council 
  • New England Employee Benefits Council 

Honors

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Labor & Employment:
    Employee Benefits & Compensation 
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2018 & 2015 Portland, Maine Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law 
    Lawyer of the Year 
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

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Firm Highlights

Blog

Recap of Change to Retirement Plan Rollover Rules for Plan Loan Offsets

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“2017 Tax Act”) includes a provision that changed the rollover rules for certain plan loan offset distributions and that may not be well known to retirement...

Blog

Plan Sponsors: You Should Have a Model QDRO

ERISA Section 206(d)(3)(G)(ii) requires sponsors of qualified retirement plans to maintain written procedures for the administration of qualified domestic relations orders (“QDROs”), and the plan administrator has an obligation to ensure that a domestic...

Blog

Who is a Highly Compensated Employee?

Identifying an employer’s highly compensated employees is crucial to the administration of qualified retirement plans, as well as 403(b) plans that provide employer contributions.  This post provides an overview of the rules for determining...

Blog

IRS Guidance Regarding the Section 4960 Excise Tax Is (Somewhat) Helpful

IRS Notice 2019-09  provides guidance intended to help “applicable tax-exempt employers” determine whether compensation paid to their most highly compensated employees will be subject to the 21 percent excise tax imposed under Code Section...

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Revenue Procedure 2019-19: Enhancements to EPCRS are Great News for Plan Sponsors

Newly published  Revenue Procedure 2019-19  modifies and supersedes prior IRS guidance regarding the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) to allow plan sponsors to self-correct an expanded number of problems that may affect retirement...

Blog

Form 1094 and Form 1095 Reporting for Expatriate Employees

Every IRS Form 1094/1095 filing season (roughly January and February of each year), we receive questions on reporting for expatriate employees.  The most common questions: do we need to furnish a Form to expat...

Blog

Handling Missing Participants under Code Section 409A

Deferred compensation payments are due to one of your former executives, but the former executive is nowhere to be found. You know that the IRS has strict timing rules for payments subject to Code...

Blog

403(b) Plans Must Comply with the “Once In, Always In” Rule This Year

Tax-exempt employers whose 403(b) plans have failed to comply with the “once in, always in” eligibility rule in the past should be well on their way to compliance by now.   IRS Notice 2018-95  granted...

Publication/Podcast

December 2018 Client Advisory

Click here to view as a PDF . This Client Advisory highlights important developments in the law governing employee benefit plans and executive compensation over the past year.  It offers insight into what these...

Blog

UPDATED: Summer Break - Massachusetts Employers Get Extension on Paid Family and Medical Leave Implementation

UPDATE:  The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave announced that along with the start of contributions being delayed from July 1, 2019 to October 1, 2019, the following aspects of the program are...