Patricia is Of Counsel in our San Francisco office, and is an experienced advisor on the design, implementation and taxation of qualified and nonqualified retirement benefits, deferred compensation and health and welfare benefits. Patricia also regularly advises benefit plan committees on their fiduciary duties.
Patricia is a trusted resource for her clients and leads complex
negotiations to provide innovative solutions with regard to benefits design,
administration and compliance. Patricia provides substantive knowledge in the
defense of benefits litigation matters, has substantial experience with the
employee benefit aspects of sales and acquisitions of businesses and is well-versed in the Affordable Care Act and HIPAA.
Patricia regularly advises general counsel, executive management,
CEOs, boards of directors, retirement and health plan committees and key
leadership of Fortune 500 companies on complex questions and issues regarding
the operation of their domestic and international employee benefit plans and
compliance with federal and state law.
Before joining the firm, Patricia acted as Senior Manager of
National Employee Benefits at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and formerly
served as Senior Counsel-Benefits and Executive Compensation at AirTouch Communications,
Inc. (now Vodafone).
Patricia also acted as
Legislation Counsel on the Joint Committee on Taxation within the United States
Congress working extensively on the Clinton health care proposal and other
benefits legislation. Prior to the Joint Committee, Patricia was an associate
at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop).