Katherine Conklin - McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

Katherine Conklin

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

Katherine "Kathy" Conklin is a member in the firm's New Orleans office focusing on employee benefits in both the welfare and retirement benefit areas. Kathy assists numerous plan sponsors in their compliance with applicable laws, including the Internal Revenue Code, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Kathy's work includes prohibited transaction consultation, fiduciary exposure with respect to plan investments, redesign and termination of plans for cost savings and negotiation of third-party service provider contracts. In addition to drafting all types of qualified plans and submitting such plans to the IRS for approval where applicable, Kathy has also done much work in the area of non-qualified plans, including executive deferred compensation and 457(f) plans.

In the welfare benefits area, Kathy has drafted medical benefits plans, cafeteria plans, health reimbursement arrangements, dependent care assistance plans and occupational injury plans, and she assists clients daily in administering these plans to comply with applicable laws, such as tax laws, ERISA and HIPAA. A particular area of proficiency is compliance with the health continuation requirements of COBRA.

Kathy also advises clients on employment law compliance with laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and other laws governing the workplace. She frequently assists employers in drafting severance agreements in compliance with the Older Workers Benefits Protection Act (OWBPA). Finally, Kathy assists employers to observe U.S. immigration laws when employing aliens to work in the U.S., which includes obtaining and renewing appropriate visas and work authorizations.

Additional Information

Court Admissions U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Louisiana State UniversityBA 1980Tulane University Law SchoolJ.D. 1983
American Bar AssociationAssociation of Employee Benefits PlannersLouisiana State Bar AssociationThe New Orleans Bar Association

Office Location

601 Poydras Street, Suite 1200
New Orleans, LA 70130
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law of the New Orleans Metro Area
Katherine Conklin has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law