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Clients turn to her for counsel in ERISA employee benefit plan litigation. Kathy is a frequent writer and blogger on ERISA-related issues.
Kathy’s practice has focused almost exclusively in the area of ERISA employee benefit plan litigation for over fifteen years. She has represented plans, plan administrators and plan fiduciaries in hundreds of lawsuits involving a variety of employee benefit plan issues, including benefit entitlement, COBRA compliance, interpleaders and statutory compliance. Kathy has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including insurance, health care, financial and manufacturing.
Kathy is a co-author of the Southeastern Erisa Watch Blog.
Kathy was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Litigation – ERISA.
Significant Published Court Decisions
Stanford v. Continental Casualty Company, 455 F. Supp. 2d 438 (E.D.N.C. 2006), aff’d., 514 F.3d 354 (4th Cir. 2008) (Summary judgment in favor of fiduciary in denial of disability benefits in connection with drug addiction.)
Poeppel v. Hartford Life Ins. Co. 273 F. Supp. 2d. 714 (D.S.C. 2003), aff’d., 87 Fed. Appx. 885 (4th Cir. 2004) (Summary judgment in favor of fiduciary in denial of accidental death benefits when death resulted from driving while intoxicated; death was not deemed to have resulted from “accident.”)
Sealy, Inc. v. Barman, 286 F. Supp. 2d 625 (M.D.N.C. 2003) (Summary judgment in favor of plan in pursuit of reimbursement of medical benefits from participant pursuant to subrogation provision in plan.)
Knight Publishing Co. v. First Union National Bank, 125 N.C.App.1, 479 S.E. 2d 478 (N.C. App.); rev. denied, 346 N.C. 280, 487 S.E. 2d 548 (1997) (Court held defendants liable under UCC § 4-401 when checks drawn on plaintiff’s account were endorsed by entity with similar but not identical name as payee.)