Profile

Renée is Chair of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group.  Clients seek her assistance with the establishment, compliance, and administration of pension plans, welfare benefit plans, and fringe benefit plans, including defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans, profit sharing plans, 401(k) plans, employee stock purchase plans, ESOPs, governmental plans, Taft-Hartley multiemployer pension and welfare plans, municipal pension plans, 457(b) and (f) plans, 403(b) plans, cafeteria plans, flexible spending accounts,  HRAs, VEBAs, and insured and self-insured welfare plans.

Renee has extensive experience counseling clients on ERISA and the complex tax laws which impact benefit plans, including Sections 409A and 280G of the Code.  Her experience includes reviewing plan documents for compliance with applicable laws and assisting clients with correction procedures.  She regularly advises clients on fiduciary compliance and best practices.

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 assisted nonprofits and 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, unit appreciation rights, and profit interests.  She has advised compensation committees and publicly traded companies and has extensive experience advising clients in the financial services industry.

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-present

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

The National Center for Employee Ownership, Member

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Dauphin County Bar Association

Louisiana Bar Association

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, Secretary, Director

“Arts for All” Partnership, Grantmaking Committee

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, Grantmaking Committee (2010 – 2020)

West Shore Rotary, Member

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

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

Mortimer Levitt Foundation, Trustee (2002-2009)

Cultural Enrichment Fund, Campaign Cabinet (2007, 2008)

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

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

Community Historic Preservation Fund, Trustee (2001-2004)

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

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

COURT ADMISSIONS

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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