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Kimberly S. Couch

Kimberly S. Couch

Partner

Verrill Dana, LLP
Maine, U.S.A.

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Kim has practiced exclusively in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation. She brings to her clients a powerful combination of technical knowledge and practical experience developed over 27 years of advising clients in this highly specialized and rapidly changing area of law.

Kim’s practice involves the design, drafting, implementation, and termination of qualified retirement plans, such as defined benefit plans, cash balance plans, 401(k) plans, and 403(b) plans. She advises clients with respect to issues arising under the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA. Clients rely on Kim to ensure their plans are in compliance with federal and state laws, prepare IRS and Department of Labor submissions, counsel them on their fiduciary duties under ERISA, and prepare employee communications.

Kim also designs and implements nonqualified plans, such as supplemental retirement plans (SERPs), change in control agreements, 457 plans, and other deferred compensation arrangements, as well as rabbi trusts to fund such plans.

Kim is recognized as a thought leader with respect to welfare plans. She drafts health plans and summary plan descriptions for self-insured plans, umbrella plans encompassing all welfare plans, HIPAA compliance manuals, notices, and business associate agreements, COBRA procedures and notices, Health Care Reform amendments and notices, and flexible benefit plans.

Kim is a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, serving on Employee Benefits subcommittees for Defined Benefit Plans, Exempt Organization and Governmental Plans, and Welfare Plan Design and Funding and a member of the New England Benefits Council. She has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA Legal Directory as a leading benefits attorney and The Best Lawyers in America.

Bar Admissions

Maryland, 1985
Washington, D.C., 1989
Maine, 1990
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1985

Education

George Washington University (J.D., 1984), with honors
University of Vermont (B.A., 1981), cum laude
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® under Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Professional Associations

    New England Benefits Council
    Maine State Bar Association
    District of Columbia Bar Association
    American Bar Association
Blogs

Benefits Law Update
Verrill Dana, LLP 

Welcome to the Verrill Dana Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group blog. Members of the Group use this space to provide timely updates and commentary on developments in law affecting employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. We intend this blog to serve as a...

Taking Care of HR Business
Verrill Dana, LLP 

In the words of Bob Dylan: "the times they are a-changin." For anyone who deals with labor and employment issues in the workplace, Dylan's words are particularly true. Human resource professionals, supervisors, and company executives face a constantly changing and evolving legal landscape. ...

WSG's members are independent firms and are not affiliated in the joint practice of professional services. Each member exercises its own individual judgments on all client matters.

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