Suzanne E. Meeker

Suzanne E. Meeker: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP
  • 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 2019.
Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars.

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

September 13, 2018
Verrill Voices Podcast: Interviews with the 2018 Mainebiz Women to Watch
Published Works

July 18, 2018
New Disability Claims Procedures Affect Retirement Plans and Deferred Compensation Plans Too
Alerts and Newsletters
Eric Altholz, Lisa Boehm, and Suzanne Meeker

February 8, 2018
2018 Annual Employment Law Update Materials
Seminar Materials
Tawny Alvarez, 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, 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 Meeker

Events

October 30, 2018
ACC Northeast and Verrill Dana Present Understanding Roles and Managing Risk: Practical Guide to ERISA Plan Governance for In-House Counsel
Hosted Events
Eric D. Altholz, Suzanne E. Meeker

January 25, 2018
2018 Annual Employment Law Update
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, 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, 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. 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

Peer Reviews

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