Mona Ghude helps corporate and private employers craft and administer benefits on behalf of diverse employee groups that make up today’s workforce. She advises on creating fair and financially sound defined contribution, defined benefit and equity-based plans and provides counsel on plan asset rules, deferred compensation and employee classification issues. Mona also provides counsel on the risks and value of benefit plans in corporate transactions and represents high-level executives in negotiating employment, change-of-control and severance agreements.

Integral to Mona’s practice are the following services:

  • Creating qualified plan documents and amendments, including union and foreign-employee recipients
  • Customizing qualified plan benefits for subsidiary employees
  • Establishing defined contribution and defined benefit nonqualified plans
  • Identifying and resolving documentary and operational plan compliance issues
  • Establishing equity-based plans
  • Advising public company employers on governance and shareholder approval issues
  • Advising on corporate transactions and credit agreements regarding benefit plan risks, representations and warranties as well as foreign benefit plan issues
  • Evaluating and negotiating service provider agreements

Mona also counsels on the legality of hedge fund offering documents from the perspective of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and provides training to plan fiduciaries to help them meet their fiduciary obligations under ERISA and to avoid potential prohibited transaction issues under ERISA and the IRC.


Bar Admissions



University of Pennsylvania Law School
J.D. (1999)

Osmania University
B.Com. (1990)

Insights & Events

Blog Post July 2021

Part One of Surprise Medical Billing Regulatory Guidance Outlines Specific Required Changes to Group Health Plan Payment Calculations

1 min read  
Blog Post March 2021

IRS Clarifies Pandemic-Related Relief for Dependent Care FSAs

1 min read  
Blog Post November 2020

IRS Issues Guidance on Missing Participants and State Unclaimed Property Funds

1 min read  
Blog Post September 2020

Rehiring Employees by End of 2020 Could Prevent Partial Plan Terminations

1 min read  
Updates June 2020

Question & Answer Employer Guide: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19

73 min read  
Updates March 2020

CARES Act Brings Much-Needed Relief (and New Obligations) for Benefit Plans

22 min read  
Updates February 28, 2019

Understanding the Excise Tax on Executive Compensation Paid by Tax-Exempt Organizations—Part III: Excess Remuneration, Excess Parachute Payments, and Excise Tax Reporting

12 min read  
Updates February 21, 2019

Understanding the Excise Tax on Executive Compensation Paid by Tax-Exempt Organizations—Part II: Who Are My Organization’s Covered Employees, and What Counts as Remuneration?

13 min read  
Updates February 14, 2019

Understanding the Excise Tax on Executive Compensation Paid by Tax-Exempt Organizations—Part I: Is My Organization Subject to the Excise Tax?

8 min read  
Updates September 10, 2018

The IRS Breaks Its Silence on the 162(m) Grandfathering Rule but Companies May Not Like What the IRS Has to Say

8 min read  
Other Perspectives
  • Women of Color in the Law
    South Asian Bar Association, February 2021

Leadership & Community

Firm Leadership

  • Benefits Committee 
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Vice Chair, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation


  • Chambers USA — Pennsylvania, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, 2022 
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer — Legal Industry Leader in Tax/ERISA, 2018-19
Awards Methodology
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