Vanessa A. Scott: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Vanessa A. Scott

Vanessa Scott
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Tax
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Retirement Products & Services
  • Insurance
  • Insurance Products
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0215
Fax: 202-637-3593
University Duke University, A.B., 1993
Law SchoolVanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1997; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. in Taxation, with distinction, 2006
Admitted1997, Alabama; 2007, District of Columbia

Professional Activities
Adjunct Professor, ERISA and Employee Benefits, Howard University Law School
Former Chair, Tax Section, National Bar Association
Former Chair, Diversity Committee, Tax Section, American Bar Association
Member, Nominating Committee, Tax Section, American Bar Association
Member, Editorial Board, The Practical Tax Lawyer
Former Member, Board of Directors, Upper Montgomery County Assistance Network

BornNew York, N.Y., 1971

Benefits arrangements generally reflect a company's business philosophy, budget constraints and market influences. With this in mind, Vanessa Scott helps employers design competitive benefits packages that comply with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code and the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Drawing on more than 15 years of experience in employee benefits, Vanessa works with some of the nation's leading companies, including global insurers, airlines and financial services organizations. She provides counsel on a broad range of issues, from comprehensive, company-wide benefit plans to the individual compensation arrangements that attract and retain key personnel. She also has significant experience advising large employers and insurance companies on ACA compliance issues.

Vanessa previously served as Legislative and Tax Counsel for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives where she specialized in financial services policy and legislation. Prior to joining Sutherland, she was Legislative Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) in Washington, D.C., where she represented the benefits and compensation interests of Fortune 100 employers before Congress, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Selected Experience
Sutherland advises a private college on key aspects of a nonqualified retirement plan.
Sutherland counsels Fortune 500 companies on health reform compliance.
Sutherland advises several insurance clients on various compliance issues in the Affordable Care Act.

Awards and Rankings

Nolan fellow, Section of Taxation, American Bar Association (ABA)

Selected for inclusion in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers (2013-2015)

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of tax: employee benefits and executive compensation

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New Law Doubles the Penalties for Failure to File Correct Tax Information Returns and Provide Payee Statements
Robert S. Chase,Paul R. Lang,Mary E. Monahan,David A. Roby,Vanessa A. Scott, July 21, 2015
On June 29, President Obama signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015. Quietly embedded in Section 806 of this new law is a provision that doubled the cap on penalties, from $1.5 million to $3 million, for failures to file correct tax information returns and provide payee...

DOL Has Many Questions About its Fiduciary Reproposal
Brenna M. Clark,Adam B. Cohen,Carol T. McClarnon,Vanessa A. Scott,W. Mark Smith, May 29, 2015
As has been widely reported, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on April 14 issued its proposal to expand the definition of investment advice fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). DOL included in that package more than 170 questions concerning its proposal or matters...
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Vanessa A. Scott

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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