Jamie L. Leary
Of Counsel
(304) 231-0471
Office: Wheeling
J.D. University of Virginia
B.A. Marshall University
Licensure: WV
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Jamie Leary focuses her practice on counseling employers on a wide variety of ERISA and employee benefits issues. She works closely with clients regarding the design, drafting, and administration of retirement plans, health and welfare benefit plans, and cafeteria plans. She assists clients with all aspects of plan design and documentation, including plan adoption, amendment, merger, and termination. She counsels clients regarding day-to-day benefits administration and compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, and other state and federal laws and regulations.

Work Experience

2008 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2002-2004 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1999-2002 Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston, MA
1997-1999 Law Clerk, The Honorable Charles H. Haden II, U.S. District Court

Speaking Engagements

Presenter, “ACA in 2016: Miles to Go before We Sleep,” Annual Human Resources Conference, West Virginia Healthcare Human Resources Association, September 2016

Presenter, "Why You Should Care about Affordable Care," CLE, Wheeling Academy of Law and Science, March 2014

Presenter, "Planning for ACA Compliance: What You Need to Know Now," Steptoe & Johnson Keynote Webcast, February 2014

Presenter, "The Windsor Knot: What the Supreme Court's DOMA Decision Means for Employee Benefit Plans," WV Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Conference, October 2013

Presenter, "Health Care Reform: Where Do We Go From Here?" North Central WV Society of Human Resource Management, May 2013

Key Experience

Drafts plan documents and employee communications for defined benefit pension plans, 401(k) plans, profit sharing plans, ESOPs, fully insured medical plans, self-insured medical plans, HSAs, HRAs, health FSAs, dependent care FSAs, cafeteria plans, and wrap plans
Represents clients in matters before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL), including correction of errors in accordance with correction program known as the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) through self-correction and Voluntary Compliance Program filings, and submissions to DOL programs such as the Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program (DFVCP) and Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program (VFCP)
Counsels clients in connection with pension de-risking, reversion issues, and plan terminations

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®
Taxation Section, American Bar Association
Labor Section, American Bar Association
1997, Order of the Coif, University of Virginia School of Law
1996, Notes Editor, Virginia Law Review
1993, Summa cum Laude, B.A., Marshall University
1993, Society of Yeager Scholars