Ms. Steinhour practices in the area of employee benefits planning, administration and compliance. Her employee benefit plan experience includes assistance to large and small governmental and private employers with all types of pension and welfare benefit plan issues involving fiduciary responsibility, plan administration, benefit claims, federal and state tax and labor law consequences, and collective bargaining benefits issues.
Ms. Steinhour frequently assists clients with the design, implementation, and maintenance of executive compensation programs; golden parachute arrangements and other severance programs; insured and self-insured health and other insured and self-insured welfare benefits, such as disability, dental, and vision benefits and including retiree benefits; VEBAs; stock option plans; tax-qualified retirement plans, including leveraged and un-leveraged ESOPs, 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans, PERA, cash balance and traditional pension plans; and cafeteria plans.
Ms. Steinhour helps clients ensure that they maximize their tax benefits while complying with the unique and complex laws and regulations surrounding benefit plan administration and operations. She has experience in designing benefit plans that meet the legal requirements of ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Older Workers Pension Benefit Protection Act, the ADEA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Health Care Reform.
Ms. Steinhour frequently advises clients on alternative plan investments under ERISA including application of the plan assets rules to institutional investments as well as the prohibited transaction issues that accompany these investments. She also has extensive experience with benefit claims risk management and administrative reviews and fiduciary issues as well as with IRS and Department of Labor audits of employee benefit plans.
- Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP), 1986-Present