Suzanne E. Meeker

Suzanne E. Meeker: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP (132 Attorneys)
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • Suzanne brings more than 25 years’ experience to her employee benefits and executive compensation practice. She counsels employers including global and national business organizations as well as tax-exempt educational and other institutions within and outside New England.

    With a focus on benefits, compensation and related legal issues from early in her professional career, she is experienced in all aspects of ERISA and employee benefits law, including qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, benefit plans in mergers and acquisitions, and fringe benefits. She frequently works with equity, incentive and other executive compensation arrangements.

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Biography

Suzanne brings more than 25 years’ experience to her employee benefits and executive compensation practice, in public interest and private practices in Washington, D.C., and at Verrill Dana since 1992. She counsels employers including global and national business organizations as well as tax-exempt educational and other institutions within and outside New England.

Suzanne is Chair of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group at Verrill Dana, and a member of the Higher Education practice group. With a focus on benefits, compensation and related legal issues from early in her professional career, she is experienced in all aspects of ERISA and employee benefits law, including qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, benefit plans in mergers and acquisitions, and fringe benefits. She frequently works with equity, incentive and other executive compensation arrangements.

Building relationships of confidence and trust with each client by combining her knowledge and experience with personal contact and timely responses is a principal value in Suzanne’s practice. She takes time to understand a client’s particular benefits culture in order to provide best solutions within the framework of legal compliance. Suzanne has been recognized by several attorney ranking organizations as one of the leading lawyers in the field of employee benefits and executive compensation.

Suzanne serves as co-editor of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group's blog, Benefits Law Update, is Verrill Dana’s Lawyer Flexible Hours Coordinator and past Chair of the Transactional Division of practice groups.

Honors

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under
Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits and Compensation
Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2013 Portland, Maine Employee Benefits
(ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Employee Benefits (ERISA)
Law
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under
Employee Benefits

Highlights

Suzanne Meeker does a terrific job supporting our organization with our ERISA-related issues in a manner that is efficient and cost effective.

BENEFITS BLOG
Keep up with changes and trends in benefits and compensation.

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018.

Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars.

Events

January 25, 2018

2018 Annual Employment Law Update

Hosted Events

Tawny L. Alvarez, Joanna S. Bowers, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Benjamin E. Ford, Gregory S. Fryer, Sara E. Hirshon, Christopher S. Lockman, Maryann McGinn, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, Elizabeth Connellan Smith, Douglas R. Steinmetz, Mathew J. Todaro, Patricia D. Weitzman, Calvin K. Woo

December 14, 2017

Cross Border Governance Audits

Speaking Engagements

Suzanne E. Meeker

January 26, 2017

2017 Annual Employment Law Update

Hosted Events

Tawny L. Alvarez, Joanna S. Bowers, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Benjamin E. Ford, Christopher S. Lockman, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, Elizabeth Connellan Smith, Douglas R. Steinmetz, Patricia D. Weitzman

April 12, 2012

Women to Watch Leadership Forum

Sponsored Events

Suzanne E. Meeker

Experience

Comment Letter to Federal Agency

On behalf of several clients, we responded to a Request for Information from the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration regarding electronic distribution of employee benefit plan information under ERISA.

Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment Technology

Verrill Dana assisted Ecochlor, Inc. with the drafting and negotiation of contractual arrangements for providing its proprietary ballast water treatment system (BWTS) to new ship construction in China, as well as multi-ship retrofit contracts for U.S. and international flagged vessels that have been performed in the U.S., Asia and on the Black Sea. We advise Ecochlor on its global network for BWTS resupply and maintenance, including addressing the environmental, regulatory and commercial aspects of agency, chemical re-supply, maker’s list and distribution arrangements in locations including the U.S., Hong Kong, China, Singapore, the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council countries), Cyprus and Greece. We also advise Ecochlor on the interpretation and application of Coast Guard, EPA, IMO and other regulatory requirements. Verrill Dana represented Ecochlor in its 2014 $10M private placement capital raise.

Multi-Disciplinary Representation in Mill Purchase and Regulatory Compliance

We represented the buyer in the acquisition of Domtar Maine LLC, which owns and operates the pulp mill in Baileyville, Maine (also known as Woodland), and continue to represent the mill in regulatory compliance matters.

Nonprofit Mergers & Acquisitions: Membership Substitution Transaction

To expand its capacity to provide patient care in an increasingly competitive marketplace, a pioneering New York-based kidney and cancer research and treatment center affiliated with another New York institution in a complex, 11-month process requiring the coordination of many attorneys and practice groups.

Retirement Plan Governance Structure

Best practices assessment and recommendations in relation to our client's retirement plan governance structure.

Retirement Plan Restructuring

Restructuring of retirement program, including a soft freeze and phased changes to a pension plan with corresponding new contributions and phased changes to a defined contribution plan.

News

July 12, 2016

Verrill Dana Promotes Misti Munster to Counsel

Press Releases

Misti D. Munster, Suzanne E. Meeker

May 29, 2013

Verrill Dana Recognized as a Leading Firm by Chambers & Partners

Press Releases

Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, Lisa S. Boehm, Robert C. Brooks, Juliet T. Browne, Anthony M. Calcagni, Roger A. Clement, Jr., James I. Cohen, Kimberly S. Couch, Douglas P. Currier, Gregory S. Fryer, David L. Galgay, Jr., Gregg H. Ginn, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, Katie M. Gray, William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy, Jeffrey L. Heidt, Nathaniel R. Hull, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, James C. Palmer, Raymond A. Pelletier

September 11, 2012

Verrill Dana Attorneys Earn Lawyer of the Year Status in Seven Areas

Press Releases

Christopher J.W. Coggeshall, Gregory S. Fryer, Mark K. Googins, William C. Knowles, Suzanne E. Meeker, Michael V. Saxl

June 7, 2012

Verrill Dana Ranked Among Top Firms by Chambers & Partners

Press Releases

Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, Lisa S. Boehm, Robert C. Brooks, Juliet T. Browne, Anthony M. Calcagni, Roger A. Clement, Jr., Christopher J.W. Coggeshall, James I. Cohen, Kimberly S. Couch, Douglas P. Currier, Gregory S. Fryer, Gregg H. Ginn, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy, Jeffrey L. Heidt, Nathaniel R. Hull, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, James C. Palmer, Raymond A. Pelletier, Christopher R. Smith

June 17, 2011

The Benefits of Blogging- Verrill Dana’s Employee Benefits Blog Listed Among Top 10

Press Releases

Eric D. Altholz, Misti D. Munster, Suzanne E. Meeker

Publications

February 8, 2018

2018 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

Seminar Materials

Tawny Alvarez, Joanna Bowers, Robert Brooks, Douglas Currier, Benjamin Ford, Gregory Fryer, Sara Hirshon, Christopher Lockman, Maryann McGinn, Suzanne Meeker, Richard Moon, Elizabeth Smith, Douglas Steinmetz, Mathew Todaro, Patricia Weitzman, and Calvin Woo

January 27, 2017

2017 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

Seminar Materials

Tawny Alvarez, Joanna Bowers, Robert Brooks, Douglas Currier, Christopher Lockman, Suzanne Meeker, Richard Moon, Elizabeth Smith, Douglas Steinmetz, and Patricia Weitzman

August 30, 2013

IRS Guidance on DOMA Decision

Alerts and Newsletters

June 26, 2012

Service Provider Disclosures to Plan Fiduciaries Due by July 1

Alerts and Newsletters

Eric Altholz, Lisa Boehm, Suzanne Meeker, and Misti Munster

Legal Update: COBRA Changes Under Stimulus Plan Require Immediate Attention

Published Works

Kimberly Couch and Suzanne Meeke

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Higher Education
  • Health Care Reform Compliance Team
  • Health Care Industry Group
  • Tax

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4906  Phone
(207) 253-4907  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/smeeker
University Attended:
Duke University, A.B., summa cum laude, 1977
Law School Attended:
Yale University, J.D., 1981
Year of First admission:
1982
Admission:
1986, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1985, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; 1983, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; 1989, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1982, District of Columbia; 1991, Maine
ISLN:
904882443

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