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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partner Presents at the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists Conference

 

Attorney Katherine Hesse, a Partner at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP and a CEBS Compliant ISCEBS Fellow, presented a Legal Update at the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) conference last month. The ISCEBS opted to cancel their annual symposium for the second year in a row due to the ongoing pandemic, and instead held a virtual event titled “Power Up: Benefits Strategies and Innovation Virtual Conference”, co-hosted by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). During the session, Ms. Hesse summarized recent significant court decisions that have been affecting employee benefits. In addition, she provides valuable insights, tips and checklists to help anyone assess their plan’s legal risk. Some of the Supreme Court cases that she references include topics such as the Affordable Care Act, ERISA and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). The key takeaways from Ms. Hesse’s session include an overview of cases relevant to health and retirement plans, tips to avoid litigation, and important agency guidelines and Supreme Court decisions.

 

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. Ms. Hesse also served as a professional trustee for public and Taft-Hartley trust funds and as an expert witness, mediator and arbitrator of benefit fund disputes. 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, and sits on the editorial board of Benefits Quarterly and speaks and writes regularly on employment and benefits issues. 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.

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