Anne L. Leary - Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A.

Anne L. Leary

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Anne provides practical and understandable guidance, advice and support for employers, plan sponsors and other clients in connection with their employee benefit programs.  In her more than 30 years of practice, Anne has assisted clients in virtually all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation.

Anne counsels clients in connection with the design, implementation and operation of qualified plans, with an emphasis on 401(k) plans and ESOPs.  She has substantial experience in executive compensation arrangements, health and welfare benefit plans, compliance, fiduciary liability issues and benefit issues arising in mergers and acquisitions.  She has a success-filled track record in the representation of companies and plans before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).

Anne is a frequent speaker on employee benefit issues, and has made presentations on topics such as the ACA, COBRA, Disclosure of Plan Expenses, QDROs, USERRA, ESOPs, Executive Deferred Compensation and Code Section 409A.  Since 2009, she has been named a “Best Lawyer” by Best Lawyers in America, along with nearly two-thirds of her fellow Gallagher & Kennedy shareholders.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully filed for relief for several clients under the IRS Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS)
  • Negotiated a settlement with DOL of litigation resulting from the untimely filing of a Form 5500
  • Obtained relief for a client under DOL’s Voluntary Fiduciary Compliance Program (VFCP) in connection with untimely deposits of employee contributions to a 401(k) plan
  • Analyzed and resolved golden parachute issues arising under Code Section 280G in a corporate acquisition
  • Assisted several clients in the design and implementation of deferred compensation arrangements satisfying Code Section 409A
  • Assisted in the design and implementation of an ESOP
  • Counseled clients in connection with compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Georgetown UniversityBS 1976Boston College Law SchoolJ.D. 1979Boston UniversityLL.M 1982

Office Location

2575 East Camelback Road, Suite 1100
Phoenix, AZ 85016
United States

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (Cafeteria Plans, Employee Welfare Plans, ERISA, ESOPS, Executive Compensation, Fiduciary Responsibility, Government Affairs, Pension, Health and Welfare, Qualified Plans, Retirement Planning)

Other Information

Gender: Female