Sandi RusselSandi M. Russell

srussell@smithdowney.com

Sandi’s practice deals with all aspects of employee benefits law, including all aspects of ERISA. She has experience in designing, drafting and providing advice concerning all types of employee benefit programs, including tax-qualified and non-tax-qualified deferred compensation and retirement plans (including 403(b) plans) and all types of welfare benefit programs. Sandi has considerable expertise in all aspects of ERISA fiduciary compliance affecting employee benefit plans, including advising clients regarding ERISA Section 404(c) compliance, the prudent selection of service providers, satisfaction of the various disclosure obligations and prohibited transaction issues. Sandi also regularly advises clients regarding maintaining the tax-favored status of employee benefit plans, including preparing IRS and DOL voluntary correction program submissions.

In addition, Sandi assists employers in connection with DOL and IRS audits. Sandi also frequently advises clients regarding employee benefit issues that arise in connection with corporate transactions, such as business acquisitions and dispositions.  In addition, Sandi focuses on the issues that arise in connection with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and works with clients to evaluate the effect of health care reform on their particular situations.  This includes, but is not limited to, employer mandate compliance and satisfaction of the various ACA reporting obligations.

University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law (J.D. with High Honors, Order of the Coif, Member, Journal of Law and Public Policy); University of South Florida (B.A., magna cum laude). Member: Florida bar.