Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partner Presents at the IFEBP 66th Annual Employee Benefits Conference
Katherine Hesse, a partner at MHTL, has been presenting at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, IFEBP, Annual Employee Benefits Conference for over three decades. This year Katherine’s presentation focused on a marijuana law update. She began with information about understanding cannabis products and their differences, and the federal CSA law and enforcement. Ms. Hesse also referenced two Massachusetts case studies involving marijuana, the Daniel Wright case from October 27, 2020 and the Barbuto v. Advantage Sales case from July 17, 2017. She concluded the presentation with plan sponsor and employer FAQ’s, and provided some key takeaways from the marijuana law update. Katherine’s presentation will debut on the IFEBP website on November 3, 2020, and will be available to watch for an additional three weeks.
Ms. Hesse practices primarily in labor, employment and employee benefits law. She serves as counsel to Fortune 500 companies, emerging businesses, government, tax-exempt organizations and large Taft-Hartley and governmental trusts. She advises clients on employment and benefits issues, and has litigated employment and benefits cases before state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators. She led her team of attorneys to be named the only firm in New England and one of only 11 in the United States to the special ERISA fiduciary litigation panel for one of the world’s largest insurance companies. She serves on the Board of Directors of the International Foundation and as Chair of its Government Liaison Committee. Ms. Hesse, a CEBS Compliant ISCEBS Fellow, was inducted into the new ISCEBS Hall of Fame in 2018. She received her B.A. degree from Smith College and her J.D. degree from the Boston University School of Law.
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP is deeply saddened to announce that one of the founding partners of the firm, Michael C. Lehane, passed away on January 11, 2021. Mr. Lehane was a giant of a lawyer, an incredible mentor and friend to all who worked with him. He was highly respected by his colleagues, whether it be his fellow partners, judges, clients or friends. Renowned for his quick wit and intelligence, grace under pressure, sense of humor and Read More
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