Heather Abrigo of Faegre Drinker Talks ERISA and Pro Bono Work with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) artwork
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Heather Abrigo of Faegre Drinker Talks ERISA and Pro Bono Work with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

  • S2E5
  • 45:59
  • April 13th 2021

Heather Abrigo assists plan sponsors and service providers in navigating the complexities of qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, as well as health and welfare plans. While her work extends to all aspects of employee benefits, she is particularly experienced in assisting plan committees and sponsors in fulfilling their fiduciary duties. Heather advises on a variety of fiduciary compliance issues and assists with the defense of government agency audits and investigations, including but not limited to the Department of Labor (DOL), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Heather works with plan sponsors that are publicly traded and the issues surrounding employer securities in retirement plans. Heather is co-leader of the firm’s financial services industry group.

Public Sector Experience

Heather works with public sector clients in connection with their retirement plans as well as in coordination with the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS). She works with public employers and their advisers on compliance issues in connection with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). Heather also assists public sector clients with their health and welfare benefit plans, including retiree health plans.

Published Works and Speaking Experience

Heather authors and co-authors articles for the Journal of Pension Benefits and is a regular contributor to the 401(k) Advisor newsletter. Additionally, Heather is the co-author of the TIPS for TPAs newsletter, which addresses certain risk management and compliance issues for third-party administrators, and co-hosts the Plan Sponsor Audiocast, which addresses various hot topics that affect plan sponsors.

Heather is a co-author of the National Underwriting Company's Tools & Techniques of Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning (14th Ed.).

Meet Heather at https://www.faegredrinker.com/en/professionals/b/abrigo-heather-b#!#tab-Overview





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