Profile

Renée is a member of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group.  Clients seek her assistance with the establishment, compliance, and administration of welfare benefit plans, pension plans, and fringe benefit plans, including cafeteria plans, HRAs, defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans, profit sharing plans, 401(k) plans, employee stock purchase plans, ESOPs, and insured and self-insured plans.  Renee also advises clients on employee benefits issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions, including benefits due diligence, negotiating benefits related issues, and the merger or termination of benefit plans.  She has experience counseling clients on ERISA and Sections 409A and 280G of the Code.   She has assisted both privately held and publicly traded companies in the negotiation of employment agreements, severance agreements, and director and executive compensation programs.  She designs and assists in the implementation of non-qualified deferred compensation plans and equity compensation plans, including SERPs, option plans, restricted stock plans, and profit interests.  She has advised compensation committees and publicly traded companies and has extensive experience advising clients in the financial services industry.

EXPERIENCE/REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Drafted and negotiated employment agreements
  • Helped clients develop and counseled clients on omnibus plans, option plans, restricted stock plans, phantom stock plans, SARs, stock incentive plans, supplemental executive retirement plans, salary continuation agreements, variable compensation plans, director deferred fee plans, rabbi trusts, and other deferred compensation arrangements for both executives and directors for private and publicly traded companies
  • Drafted employee stock purchase plans
  • Advised companies on 409a compliance
  • Assisted clients with M&A employee benefits due diligence
  • Prepared Code Section 125 cafeteria plans and amendments
  • Drafted 401(k) Plan and amendments; assisted client with the merger of 401(k) plans; and assisted clients in the termination of 401(k) plans
  • Assisted both publicly traded and private companies on window programs/voluntary separation programs.
  • Assisted clients with severance negotiations and agreements.
  • Prepared summary plan descriptions and employee notices.
  • Drafted supplemental life insurance plans
  • Drafted compensation disclosure and analysis and executive compensation sections of proxy statements
  • Advised compensation committees of publicly traded companies

EDUCATION

Georgetown University Law Center, LLM

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D.

Northwestern State University, M.A.

Louisiana State University, B.A.

HONORS/AWARDS

Best Lawyers in America®, 2020

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer®, 2014-2018

Named a Local Legal Leader by Harrisburg Magazine (2016)

Named a Select Lawyer in Business/Commercial Law (2016)

Named a Select Lawyer in Business/Commercial Law, Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment Law (2015)

Central Penn Business Journal’s 2012 Women of Influence

2010 Tribute to Women of Excellence Award Winner

Member of 2008 Harrisburg MS Leadership Class

Member of Central Penn Business Journal’s 2007 Class of “40 under 40”

MEMBERSHIPS

American Bar Association Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee

Member, The National Center for Employee Ownership

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Dauphin County Bar Association

Louisiana Bar Association

Director, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

Grantmaking Committee, “Arts for All” Partnership

Grantmaking Committee, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (2010 – Present)

Committee Member, Master Mind Group for The Foundation for Enhancing Communities Women’s Fund (2009-2012)

Committee Member, Penn State Diabetes Center Gala (2004-2010)

Trustee, Mortimer Levitt Foundation (2002-2009)

Campaign Cabinet, Cultural Enrichment Fund (2007, 2008)

Board of Directors, Art Association of Harrisburg (2000-2006)

Tri-County Board of Directors, American Diabetes Association (2000-2002)

Trustee, Community Historic Preservation Fund (2001-2004)

Board of Directors, Broad Street Market Corp. (2002-2004)

Board of Directors, Historic Harrisburg Association (2001-2004)

COURT ADMISSIONS

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

New York

Louisiana