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Greta Cowart is known for fixing complex employee benefit plan issues, including many issues under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (health reform), and has secured significant results in Internal Revenue Service employee plans team audits and in U.S. Department of Labor audits of employee benefit plans. She has resolved significant employee benefit compliance issues through the various voluntary compliance programs. Through her work on the Employee Benefits Committee of the American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Ms. Cowart has worked with the technical provisions governing retirement plans and executive compensation. She has also worked extensively with Section 409A and the regulations under it governing nonqualified deferred compensation as well as other employee benefits issues in depth and provided recommendations to the government for its use in rule making. A former Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Taxation, Ms. Cowart’s extensive knowledge of employee benefits and executive compensation provides her with the background to assist corporations quickly with plan design and administration issues, including litigation of benefit disputes.
Ms. Cowart earned a J.D., cum laude, from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a B.S., with high distinction, from Indiana University Kelley School of Business. She is admitted to practice in Indiana and Texas.
Len Hirsh is the Global Compliance Director for Citi’s pension and retirement plans. Mr. Hirsh is a writer and speaker on employee benefits and executive compensation topics and has taught courses at the New York University Institute on Federal Taxation. He is a member of Bloomberg BNA Tax Management’s Advisory Board on Compensation Planning, former Chairman of the Qualified Cash or Deferred Arrangements Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Committee, a Charter Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, a contributing editor for the Journal of Pension Planning and Compliance, and a member of the Board of Editors of Law Firm Partnership and Benefits Report. Mr. Hirsh is the author of articles “New Prop. Regs. for Section 401(k) Plans Are a Comprehensive Overhaul of Existing Guidance,” for the November 2003 issue of the Journal of Taxation, and “Section 409A Final Regs. Provide Comprehensive Guidance for Post-Transition Period,” for the September 2007 issue of the Journal of Taxation.
Mr. Hirsh earned an M.L.T. from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and a B.A. from Yeshiva University.
Serena Simons is a Senior Vice President and the National Compliance Retirement Practice Leader of The Segal Group, based in the firm’s Washington, DC office. She develops and manages the company’s retirement plan compliance services. Before joining The Segal Group, Ms. Simons was engaged in the private practice of law in Washington, DC, specializing in issues under the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA. She has more than 25 years of experience working with employee benefits and employee benefit plans.
Ms. Simons earned a J.D., with high honors, from the Duke University School of Law and a B.A. from Duke University. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.
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