Ruth Hays: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Ruth Hays

St. Louis,  MO  U.S.A.

Peer Rating
AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Contact InfoTelephone: 314.480.1609
Fax: 314.480.1505
University Grinnell College, A.B., Phi Beta Kappa, 1972
Law SchoolWashington University School of Law, J.D., first in class, 1978 Order of the Coif
Admitted1978, Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships
•American Bar Association
•The Missouri Bar


Ruth represents a broad range of employee benefit matters within the firm's Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals industry team.

She regularly assists clients with design, documentation and administration of qualified pension and profit-sharing plans, including 401(k), 403(b) and employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. She advises clients in the design and administration of self-funded health benefit plans, cafeteria plans, medical reimbursement plans and insured-benefit plans.

A major part of Ruth's current practice is advising employers and health plans about options for complying with the Affordable Care Act. She also advises clients on compliance with other laws and regulations applicable to employee benefit plans, including the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). She assists clients with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) plan audits and resolving compliance failures through IRS and DOL correction programs.

In addition, Ruth has considerable experience with employee benefit issues that arise in the context of mergers and acquisitions for public and privately held companies. She has represented employers, plan fiduciaries and selling shareholders in a number of ESOP transactions.

Awards and Recognitions
The Best Lawyers In America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 1995-2015
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Employee Benefits/ERISA, 2005-2007; Top 50 Women, 2005-2006
Who's Who in America
Who's Who in American Law

Civic Involvement
•Childhaven, (now part of Edgewood Children's Center), Board of Directors, 1983-1993
•Grace Hill Settlement House, Board of Directors, 2010-present
•The Saint Louis Forum

• The Hon. Roy L. Stephenson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1978-1980
• The Hon. Gerald W. Heaney, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1978-1980

Business Insights

Business Insights
1.17.13 The Affordable Care Act - What Every Business Should Know for 2013-2014, Croley Insurance and Financial and BKD LLP
Speaking Engagement Springfield and Joplin, MO
7.09.12 What's Next? How the Supreme Court's Decision Impacts Employers and Employer-Sponsored Health Plans
6.06.12 Complying with the New DOL Fee Disclosure Regulations, Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants
Speaking Engagement St. Louis, MO
12.13.11 The Automatic 401(k) Plan, Benefit Plan Compliance Series, Part 3, Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants
Speaking Engagement St. Louis, MO
11.29.11 Top 10 Plan Mistakes as Defined by the IRS and Best Practices to Avoid Them, Benefit Plan Compliance Series, Part 2, Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants
Speaking Engagement St. Louis, MO
11.15.11 What Retirement Plan Sponsors Need to Do to Comply with the New Fee Disclosure Regulations, Benefit Plan Compliance Series, Part 1, Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants
Speaking Engagement St. Louis, MO
11.02.11 What Is an ESOP and Would It Work for My Business, Klaris, Thomson & Schroeder Inc.
Speaking Engagement Des Peres, MO
9.17.10 IRS Guidance on Reimbursement of Over-The-Counter Drugs from Employer Plans
8.26.10 IRS Guidance on Correction of Failure to Restate Pre-Approved Plans
7.22.10 Health Reform Seminar
Seminar St. Louis, MO

In The News
8.19.14 Husch Blackwell Boasts 106 Best Lawyers on 2015 List, Seven “Lawyers of the Year”
Energy & Natural Resources Financial Services Food & Agribusiness Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation News Release
8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 “Lawyers of the Year”
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release
8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
News Release
9.06.11 More Than 100 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2012
News Release


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Office Information

Ruth Hays

190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 600
St. LouisMO 63105-3441


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