Ms. Snyder heads Liskow & Lewis's employee benefits practice group. In her practice, she provides consultation, planning and advice on all tax and ERISA aspects of employee pension and profit sharing plans, employee health and welfare benefit plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, and equity-based and incentive compensation plans.
Ms. Snyder's representative matters include:
•Design and drafting of individualized qualified plans and related trusts, including pension, profit sharing, and cash or deferred 401(k) plans, for corporate, partnership, LLC, tax-exempt organization, and sole proprietor clients; Preparation and submission of applications to Internal Revenue Service for qualified plan favorable determination letters; Consultation and review with regard to the adoption and implementation of financial institution standardized and nonstandardized prototype plans for prototype plan adopters; Design and drafting of 403(b) tax deferred annuity plans and 457 deferred compensation plans for tax exempt and governmental unit clients; Design and drafting of nonqualified deferred compensation and incentive compensation plans including: “top-hat” deferred compensation plans, supplemental executive retirement plans (SERPs), equity compensation plans, phantom stock plans, stock option plans and related rabbi trusts and secular trusts; Consultation, planning, and advice regarding employee welfare benefit plans and fringe benefit plans. These include insured, partially insured and self-funded health plans and related COBRA and HIPAA compliance; life insurance plans; short-term and long-term disability plans; cafeteria plans, including flexible benefit, reimbursement account, and premium only plans and other employee fringe benefit arrangements; Consultation and advice in connection with all aspects of the maintenance and the on-going operation of the above plans, including: Internal Revenue Code and ERISA general compliance and new law compliance; plan eligibility, benefits, distributions and claims; plan, employer and participant tax consequences; reporting and disclosure; fiduciary monitoring and requirements; and prohibited transaction issues and exemptions; Assist clients in connection with Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) programs, including self-correction, voluntary correction (VCP), and closing agreement (CAP) programs, and representing clients in connection with IRS and Department of Labor employee benefit plan reviews and audits; Consultation and review in connection with employee benefit plan mergers, combinations, and terminations in general and when arising in connection with company reorganizations; Work with firm business attorneys in connection with business purchases, sales, mergers, and reorganizations in matters relating to employee benefit plans; Provide technical ERISA and employee benefit support and advice to the firm's litigation attorneys in connection with employment and employee benefit-related litigation; Counsel employer-sponsor clients regarding employee benefit claims, benefit claim denials and related appeals. Advise regarding ERISA claims procedure provisions and administration; Review and advise with regard to the adoption and implementation of simplified employee pension (SEP) plans, SIMPLE IRA plans and SIMPLE 401(k) plans for the smaller business client; Advise individual clients with regard to all aspects of qualified and nonqualified retirement plan benefits and IRA benefits, including related distribution planning and tax planning; Provide ERISA and employee benefit plan design and operation-related advice to various accountant and other benefit consultant clients in connection with various projects
Ms. Snyder, an alumni member of the IRS TE/GE Council - Gulf Coast Area and member of the Association of Employee Benefit Planners of New Orleans, frequently speaks on panels and at programs dealing with employee benefits issues for a range of industries and companies.