Cohen & Grigsby Attorney Serves as Scrivener for U.S. Department of Labor Question and Answer Session on Employee Benefits Plans

Martha Jo “Marty” Wagner Appointed to Role for the Third Time

PITTSBURGH, PA – June 11, 2012 – Cohen & Grigsby, a business law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA and an office in Naples, FL, is pleased to announce that attorney Martha Jo “Marty” Wagner recently served as the scrivener for the Joint Committee on Employee Benefits Department of Labor (DOL) Technical Question and Answer Session, held in Washington, D.C. in May. A program of the American Bar Association, the session served as an opportunity for employee benefits plan sponsors and others to pose technical questions to DOL staff members and to discuss those questions and other issues with the department in a non-adversarial environment. In time, the DOL will issue non-binding feedback on the questions that were asked, providing a glimpse into the department’s current thinking on a variety of issues. As the designated scrivener, Wagner served as liaison to the DOL.

Wagner is a director in Cohen & Grigsby’s ERISA and Employee Benefits and ERISA Litigation Groups. In this role, she provides practical business solutions, emphasizing cost containment and legal risk management, to complex benefit problems.

Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby, Wagner was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Venable LLP, where she led teams of company personnel, lawyers, and consultants that: assessed the risks of reducing retiree health benefits for a client with more than 100 retiree health plans and hundreds of millions of dollars in long-term liabilities; created a disciplined, systematic and automated health contract review process for a client with more than 300 benefit designs and more than 65 health care vendors; and designed and implemented more than half a dozen voluntary and involuntary severance programs offered simultaneously to almost 10,000 employees.

Wagner is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, serves as a frequent speaker on diverse benefit topics, and is the past Management Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Employee Benefits Committee.

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