Clients value how Audrey brings her many years of experience as an ERISA attorney and as a benefits and executive compensation tax consultant at a Big Four accounting firm to bear in developing solutions to her clients' compensation and benefits challenges.

Overview

Audrey works with a wide range of clients, from individual executives and small private companies to large multinational, publicly traded corporations to develop benefits, incentive, and equity plans and executive employment agreements. She helps companies draft and amend qualified plans, reviews service provider contracts, addresses compensation and benefits issues arising in transactions, advises on fiduciary issues, represents clients before the IRS and Department of Labor when issues arise, and advises on operational and tax issues impacting compensation and benefit programs (including issues under Code Sections 162(m), 409A, 457(f), and 280G).

Experienced in employment and employee benefits law, Audrey helps clients with a wide range of benefits, tax and executive compensation issues under ERISA and related statutes. She has extensive cross-border experience and advises on the benefits implications in mergers and acquisitions, handling due diligence there and in related transactions.

Experience

Audrey has helped companies correct document and operational errors in IRS programs for qualified retirement and nonqualified deferred compensation plans, and developed compliance programs related to payroll tax issues associated with compensation and benefits.

Audrey has helped clients implement special features within their pension plans, including phased retirement and lump sum options.

Audrey helped a company obtain a prohibited transaction exemption for a contribution of securities to its pension plan

Audrey has helped foreign companies extend their equity incentive plans to U.S. employees.  

Audrey has helped clients manage major benefit changes, such as benefit enhancements, vendor or investment changes, and plan terminations, by reviewing contracts, preparing filings, drafting plan amendments, reviewing communications, and addressing benefits plan governance and compliance issues.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"Mergers & Acquisitions and Controlled & Affiliate Service Groups," ASPPA Benefits Council, Greater Twin Cities, June 19, 2018 

"The New Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Impact on Employee Benefits," co-presenter, 2018 MSBA and Minnesota CLE Business Law Institute, May 2018.

"Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Impact on Employee Benefits," co-presenter, Minnesota CLE Webcast, April 2018.

"Survey of Executive Compensation Developments," Minneapolis Pension Council, February 2018

"The New Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Impact on Employee Benefits," co-presenter, 2018 MSBA and Minnesota CLE Advanced Employee Benefits Workshop, February 2018.

"Employee Benefits Update," Stinson's New Challenges for HR in 2018 Minneapolis Seminar, February 2018.

"State Taxation of Deferred Compensation and Selected Federal Tax Developments," MSBA 76th Annual Tax Institute, December 2016

"Regulation of Deferred Compensation 10 Years After 409A: Refresher and Lessons Learned," Employment Law Series, Minnesota CLE Webinar, October 2015

"Correction Programs: War Stories and New Developments," Minneapolis Pension Council, April 2015

"Placing Employees in Europe: Case Studies in Employment, Benefits and Corporate Tax Challenges Forum for Expatriate Management," Minneapolis Chapter, August 2014

Publications

Contributor, "Section 409A Handbook, Second Edition," Regina Olshan and Erica F. Schohn, 2017

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Minneapolis Pension Council, Past President

The National Association of Stock Plan Professionals

Great Lakes Area Tax Exempt/Government Entities (TE/GE) Council

Admissions

  • Minnesota

Education

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1989

  • Virginia Tax Review, Articles Editor

University of Wisconsin, B.A., 1984 

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