Stites & Harbison’s employee benefit attorneys counsel health care clients in matters including COBRA health plans, cafeteria plans, other employee group plans such as VEBAs, and employee fringe benefit plans. Our group's services not only extend to private-sector employers, but also answer the employee benefit plan needs of tax-exempt and governmental employers.
Our employee benefit attorneys are members of the Louisville Employee Benefits Council, Lexington Employee Benefits Council, Southern Employee Benefits Conference and the State Bars of Kentucky and Georgia.
Employee Benefits/ERISA/Executive Compensation
Stites & Harbison's employee benefits group helps private-sector, tax-exempt, and governmental employers develop, implement, and maintain qualified pension plans. These include profit sharing and money purchase pension plans, 401(k) plans, defined benefit pension plans, stock bonus plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), and thrift or savings plans.
Our attorneys can design original plans or modify existing plans. In addition to qualified plan services, we serve clients in matters of executive compensation, including both stock and non-stock incentive plans and options and deferred compensation arrangements. We also counsel clients in matters of welfare benefits like health plans, cafeteria plans, other employee group plans such as VEBAs, and employee fringe benefit plans. In addition, our attorneys litigate ERISA matters in Federal and state courts, as reflected by our success in Mattei v. Mattei, 126 F.3d 794 (6th Cir. 1997), a precedent-setting case involving waiver of pension benefits in light of antenuptial agreements.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Governor Andy Beshear appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Demetrius Holloway to the Kentucky Personnel Board to serve a term expiring January 1, 2024.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The American Bar Association (ABA) Health Law Section has ranked Stites & Harbison, PLLC in 7th place in its Seventh Annual Regional Law Firm Recognition List for the South region for 2019. This year marks Stites & Harbison’s sixth consecutive time being named to the Top 10 list.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Leadership Louisville Center has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Rebecca Weis to participate in the Leadership Louisville Class of 2020.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The American Diabetes Association (ADA) of Kentucky has elected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Demetrius Holloway to its Community Leadership Board.
In 1984, the Kentucky Legislature enacted KRS 341.407(3), permitting employers, including corporations and partnerships, to represent themselves or be represented by counsel in administrative unemployment proceedings. Thirty-five years later, on April 26, 2019, the Kentucky Court of Appeals declared that law unconstitutional and effectively held that a lawyer must represent corporations and non-natural entities in administrative unemployment proceedings.