Kendra L. Roberson

Partner

Overview

Kendra Roberson utilizes nearly two decades of experience to design and implement health and welfare plans, retirement plans, executive compensation agreements and equity compensation plans. Kendra has deep knowledge of health and welfare plan compliance issues and provides creative solutions to implementing increasing regulations affecting those plans. Kendra has represented public companies, tax-exempt organizations universities and governments in these areas. She has experience representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Experience

Kendra has provided critical advice to Fortune 500 companies on benefits and executive compensation matters including:

  • Advised a Fortune 500 company in the settlement of $1.7 billion in pension obligations by a purchasing a group annuity contract that covers approximately 70,000 plan participants.
  • Assisted several Fortune 500 companies with responses to DOL investigations, including replies to DOL requests for information related to compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
  • Disputed a request from the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of a client to make a multimillion dollar employer shared responsibility payment under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Advised clients on offering COVID-19 testing and vaccinations for employees to comply with ERISA.
  • Assisted companies in establishing on-site medical clinics for employees, including during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Drafted amendments to retirement and health and welfare plans to reflect recent changes in the law, including SECURE Act, CARES Act, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, and the American Rescue Plan Act.
  • Drafted several Fortune 500 companies’ nonqualified deferred compensation plans for executives and directors.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Virginia

Court Admissions

U.S. Tax Court

Education

William & Mary School of Law
J.D. Order of the Coif, William and Mary Law Review (2003)

College of William & Mary
M.P.P. (2003)

Old Dominion University
B.A. in Economics, with honors, summa cum laude (1999)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • "Special Mandatory COBRA Subsidy in 2021 for Involuntarily Terminated Employees"
    Inside Compensation, March 16, 2021
  • "Preserving HSA Eligibility With An Extended Health FSA Use-It-Or-Lose-It Period"
    Inside Compensation, March 11, 2021
  • “Temporary Relief Allows Flexible Spending Arrangements to be More Flexible"
    Inside Compensation, March 11, 2021
  • "Five New Ways That Plan Fiduciaries May Locate Missing Participants"
    Inside Compensation, January 21, 2021

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Prepared wills and powers of attorney for Washington, D.C. elders who are in need.
  • Assisted attorneys of a local legal aid in drafting qualified domestic relations orders to obtain marital portions of pension benefits for their clients.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association Section of Taxation — Employee Benefits Committee, 2003-present
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