Juliana Reno: Lawyer with Kutak Rock LLP

Juliana Reno

Omaha,  NE  U.S.A.
Phone(402) 231-1997

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Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • ERISA and Benefits Litigation
  • Business and Corporate
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Qualified Retirement Plans
  • Health and Welfare Plans
  • Executive Compensation and Nonqualified Plans
  • Benefits Issues With Corporate Transactions
  • Compliance Audits and Training
  • Fiduciary Issues and Plan Governance
  • Government Plans
  • Governmental Agency Defense
  • Plan Restructuring and Funding
  • Policy and Legislation
  • Taft-Hartley Plans
  • Government Contracts
University Yale University, B.A., cum laude, 1987
Law SchoolCreighton University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993 Associate Editor, Creighton Law Review
Admitted1993, Nebraska; 2000, New Jersey

Memberships and Affiliations

•American Bar Association - Joint Committee on Employee Benefits
•Nebraska Bar Association
•Omaha Bar Association

BornNew York, N.Y., 1965

Ms. Reno's practice spans all aspects of employee benefits. Her primary emphasis is on health and welfare plans, including ERISA, COBRA and HIPAA issues. Currently, she spends much of her time advising employers, insurers and third-party administrators concerning compliance and planning opportunities under the new health care reform law. She also consults with clients concerning the mental health parity rules and the regulation of cafeteria plans. In the retirement plan arena, Ms. Reno has considerable experience restating plans, applying for determination letters, reviewing domestic relations orders and drafting submissions to voluntary correction programs.

A recovering litigator, Ms. Reno is no longer in the courtroom regularly, but continues to advise clients on a wide range of benefits-related litigation, including disputed cutbacks to retiree health benefits, alleged prohibited transactions and breaches of fiduciary duty, and claims for benefits under ERISA and nonERISA plans.

Through her experience in both benefits and litigation, Ms. Reno has developed a related specialization in the area of government contracting. She has represented clients being audited by the OFCCP, negotiating conciliation agreements in diverse industries across the country. Happily, she also has provided advice to contractorsnotunder investigation-advice concerning OFCCP jurisdictional questions, as well as contractors' requirements with regard to affirmative action, wages and benefits, including contracts under the Service Contract Act and the Davis-Bacon Act.

•For a Fortune 200 company, providing advice concerning its health and welfare plans, cafeteria plan, defined benefit plans, defined contribution plans and nonqualified deferred compensation plans.
•For the AmeriCorps program, providing analysis and advice concerning the impact of health care reform on AmeriCorps grantees and members.
•For a national retail pharmacy, providing advice concerning the arrangement between the pharmacy and the prescription drug plan offered to the pharmacy's own employees.
•For a national vision insurer and third-party administrator, providing ongoing representation for all manner of ERISA and HIPAA issues, including participating in new product development, drafting a model administrative services agreement, training in-house legal and sales staff, and preparing extensive analyses of excepted benefits under health care reform.
•For governmental entities, assisting in the establishment and operation of self-funded health care plans, including the preparation and review of trust documents, plan documents, ordinances and service provider agreements.
•For various covered entities, defending HIPAA privacy and security complaints filed with the Office of Civil Rights (Department of Health and Human Services).
•For a national beef processing company, negotiated a $1.65 million conciliation agreement with the OFCCP.
•For the Creighton University School of Law, taught an upper-level course in employee benefits as an adjunct professor.


•Employee Benefit Plans 2013
•American Conference Institute (New York, NY)


•A Lawyer's View of Trial Consulting,Handbook of Trial Consulting(Richard L. Wiener and Brian H. Bornstein, eds. 2011).
•HIPAA's Privacy & Security Rules & Their Effect on Local Governments,IMLA: The Magazine of the International Municipal Lawyers Association(2005).


April 10, 2014Wounded Warrior Project Values Employees

Kutak Rock attorneys advise the Wounded Warrior Project leadership team on cost-effective solutions for the nonprofit's rapidly growing employee population.

September 25, 2013Juliana Reno Guest Panelist on PBS Newshour

Juliana Reno, an employee benefits attorney in the Omaha office of Kutak Rock LLP, appeared on the PBSNewshouron Monday, September 23.

April 25, 2013DOL Guidance on Target Date Funds

April 2, 2013New DOL Guidance Impacting Defined Benefit Plans

March 28, 2013HIPAA Breach Allegation Successfully Resolved

Several attorneys from Kutak Rock's Omaha office helped an insurance agency resolve allegations involving personal health information and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) security standards.

March 7, 2013Deadline To Pay Last Year's Compensation

February 20, 2013HIPAA's Final Rule: The Impact on Covered Entities, Business Associates and Subcontractors

On January 25, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) published its final privacy and security regulations (the Final Rule) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

January 24, 2013Employers Preparing to Comply With Health Care Reform

Representatives from more than 100 employers attended a seminar at Kutak Rock's Omaha office on January 23, 2013. They gathered to learn more about what their companies need to do to comply with the Affordable Care Act (the Act), which significantly changes the way employers may offer health insurance starting January 1, 2014.

May 15, 2012Kutak Rock Named 2012 Go-To IP Law Firm by Fortune 500 Health Care Client

Fortune 500 Health Care client names Kutak Rock its Go-To Intellectual Property Law Firm.

March 16, 2012Kraft Foods Settles ERISA Fiduciary Suit for $9.5M

After five years of drawn-out litigation, the ERISA class action lawsuit,George v. Kraft Foods Global, Inc.,recently settled for a total of $9.5 million.


July 1, 2014Supreme Court Limits Reach of Contraceptive Mandate

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, closely-held for-profit corporations are not required to pay for contraceptives if doing so would violate the corporation's sincerely held religious beliefs. For more information on the major parts of the decision and its impact on employers, please read our client alert. Client Alert

June 26, 2014Supreme Court Holds There Is No Presumption of Prudence

On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling inFifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, a case involving an ESOP fiduciary's duties in deciding to sell or hold employer stock in an ESOP. For additional information, please read our client alert. Client Alert

June 20, 2014Reports to Congress Highlight Importance of Proactive HIPAA Compliance

Client Alert

April 10, 2014Windsor Amendments Required Before Year End For Some Retirement Plans

Client Alert

March 25, 2014Supreme Court Holds Severance Payments Are Generally Subject to FICA; SUB Payments Are Not

Client Alert

February 28, 2014Tax Reform Proposal Has Significant Impact on Employee Benefit Plans

Client Alert

February 20, 2014Health Care Reform: Final Regulations on Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions-Transitional Relief

Last week the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department issued Final Regulations relating to the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The Employer Shared Responsibility provisions require applicable large employers to provide health care benefits to full-time employees or risk paying substantial penalties. Client Alert

January 7, 2014Employee Benefits Newsletter - Winter 2013


November 5, 2013Retirement Plans: Year-End Reminders

Before year-end, plan sponsors should consider adding the following to their To Do lists. To learn more about what plan sponsors should consider adding to their To Do lists, read this client alert. Client Alert

November 5, 2013Health and Welfare Plans: Open Enrollment Reminders

Autumn means open enrollment season for most employers. Employers should confirm they are providing certain required notices to the proper parties. Some of these notices must be provided annually while others must be provided when an employee first enrolls in the plan. This Client Alert summarizes which notices should be provided and when. Client Alert


January 23, 2013Health Care Reform Seminar - Preparing for 2014

November 8, 2012Employment Law CLE 2012

November 17, 2011Employment Law CLE 2011

June 17, 2011Intellectual Property CLE

April 8, 2011Intellectual Property CLE


Other Distinctions

•Named one of Omaha's 40 Under 40 in 2004
•Review rating of AV by Martindale-Hubbell

Government Service

Judicial Clerkships:
•Hon. C. Thomas White, Nebraska Supreme Court
•Hon. C. Arlen Beam, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


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Defined Benefit Plan Sponsors Must Take Immediate Action
Alfred B. Fowler,Shira B. McKinlay,Juliana Reno,John E. Schembari,Michelle M. Ueding, August 25, 2014
Last Friday, the President signed the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (“HATFA”) into law. HATFA extends the interest rate smoothing provisions applicable to defined benefit pension plans that were originally found in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act...

IRS Provides Additional Information on 409A Audit Initiative; Other 409A Matters
Alfred B. Fowler,Peter C. Langdon,Juliana Reno,John E. Schembari,Michelle M. Ueding, August 2, 2014
In May, the IRS announced that it had launched an audit initiative (the Initiative) to gauge compliance with the rules for nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 409A. Yesterday, we participated in a national conference with the IRS where IRS...

Supreme Court Limits Reach of Contraceptive Mandate
Alfred B. Fowler,Peter C. Langdon,Juliana Reno,John E. Schembari,Michelle M. Ueding, July 11, 2014
On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, closely-held for-profit corporations are not required to pay for contraceptives if doing so would violate the corporation’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Below, we discuss the major parts of the...

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Juliana Reno

1650 Farnam Street
OmahaNE 68102-2186


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