Stephanie D. Ahmad is an associate whose practice focuses on employee benefits and ERISA matters, including health and welfare and retirement benefits. She works with clients in industries spanning from tech to retail, to construction, including regularly working with Fortune 100 companies. Stephanie has experience in the design and implementation of health and welfare benefit plans, cafeteria plans, fringe benefit plans, and retirement plans. She regularly counsels clients on compliance with health care reform, federal, state, and local laws impacting benefits and benefit plans, and related tax implications. She also regularly advises clients on leave laws, including state and local sick leave laws across the United States.
Stephanie represents companies undergoing employee benefits audits before the Department of Labor; a recent area of activity is mental health parity – in addition to representing clients in audits, she works proactively with clients to meet compliance obligations to reduce the likelihood that an audit is initiated. She litigates ERISA cases in federal court, utilizing the GT platform to seamlessly litigate cases in jurisdictions across the United States with a strategy that is mindful of effectively managing sensitive employee relations issues, often for high profile clients. Stephanie also supports mergers and acquisitions by performing all aspects of employee benefits related transactional due diligence.
Stephanie has been recognized as a Rising Star by The Legal 500 in the practice area of Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plan: Design. She has helped Greenberg Traurig obtain recognition as a top firm in this practice area as well as in ERISA Litigation. In addition to her work as an attorney, Stephanie has twice been elected to local office as a school board trustee. While she was a junior associate, she took a brief hiatus from practicing law to found and run a tech based startup to increase access to high quality, flexible, and affordable childcare.
Stephanie graduated from Stanford Law School where she was active in student government, a student attorney in the Youth and Education Law Clinic, a Senior Editor of the Stanford Law and Policy Review, and a board member of the Stanford Latino Law Student Association. After law school, she served as a law clerk to Judge Harry Pregerson, who was at the time the longest serving active judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to law school, Stephanie taught at the elementary school level after graduating with a B.A. from UC Berkeley, with distinction.
- Design, implement, and provide advice on ERISA, tax, HHS and employment laws and regulations relating to:
- Health care benefits (e.g. self-insured or fully insured medical, dental, vision, EAP benefits, wellness, HDHP/HSAs, HRAs, FSAs, on-site clinics, telemedicine and ancillary services)
- Welfare benefits (e.g. life, disability, AD&D, legal services, funded vacation, severance)
- Health care reform (Affordable Care Act)
- 125/Cafeteria plans
- Fringe benefits (e.g. dependent care, transportation, educational assistance, adoption assistance)
- Tax qualified retirement plans
- Fiduciary compliance
- DOL audits and preventative measures (health and welfare, retirement, mental health parity)
- ERISA litigation (regularly secures favorable outcomes in ERISA litigation for clients including Fortune 10 companies)
- Leave laws, including state and local sick leave laws across the U.S.
- Benefits related transactional due diligence