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Stephanie D. Ahmad’s practice focuses on employee benefits and ERISA matters, including the design and implementation of health and welfare benefit plans, cafeteria plans, fringe benefit plans, and retirement plans. Stephanie counsels clients on compliance with health care reform, federal, state, and local laws impacting benefits and benefits plans, and related tax implications. Stephanie regularly advises clients on leave laws, including nationwide sick leave laws. Stephanie also has experience representing companies undergoing employee benefits audits before the Department of Labor.  Stephanie litigates ERISA cases in federal court in jurisdictions across the United States.  Stephanie also supports mergers and acquisitions through employee benefits related transactional due diligence.  


  • 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)
    • COBRA
    • 125/Cafeteria plans
    • Fringe benefits (e.g. dependent care, transportation, educational assistance, adoption assistance)
    • Tax qualified retirement plans
  • Fiduciary compliance
  • ERISA litigation
  • Leave laws, including sick leave laws
  • Benefits related transactional due diligence



  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Labor and Employment - Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Design, 2021-2022
    • "Rising Star," 2022
    • "Recommended Lawyer," 2022
    • "Other Key Lawyer," 2022
  • Trustee, Windsor Unified School District, 2018-Present
  • Board of Directors, Windsor Educational Foundation, 2016-Present
  • Board Member, Community Legal Services, East Palo Alto, CA, 2009-2011


  • 法務博士, Stanford Law School
    • Senior Editor, Stanford Law and Policy Review
    • Student Attorney, Youth and Education Law Project
    • Board Member, Stanford Latino Law Student Association
  • 学士号, with distinction, University of California at Berkeley
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2012-2013
  • カリフォルニア州
  • Farsi, Conversational
  • Spanish, Conversational