Claudia L. Hinsch is a partner in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group of the Tax Practice in Sheppard Mullin’s Washington, D.C. office.
Areas of Practice
Claudia advises employers on tax efficient ways to compensate their employees and provide them benefits. Claudia represents private, public and tax-exempt entities on a wide range of employee benefit plans, including qualified retirement plans, cafeteria plans, fringe benefits, health and welfare plans, and nonqualified compensation arrangements.
Claudia regularly assists clients with employee benefits issues arising in connection with corporate transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and other strategic transactions as well as on SEC executive compensation disclosures. In this role, Claudia identifies and resolves concerns arising in due diligence and assists with integration after the transaction closes. In particular, Claudia analyzes benefit plans and compensation arrangements for hidden liabilities, including addressing issues relating to sections 409A, 162(m) and 280G of the Internal Revenue Code. Claudia also advises clients on day-to-day plan administration questions that arise, compliance matters arising under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, and the Affordable Care Act (including how to correct any errors), employment agreements, long-term and short-term incentive compensation plans, retention agreements, severance and change-in-control programs.
In addition to Claudia’s dedication to her client, she also enjoys being involved in her community. She volunteers for local charity groups and Girls on the Run and has served on the Board of an all girl’s school in Bethesda, MD for the past 11 years, including serving as the chair for the last three years.