Felicia M. Gardner


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  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, cum laude, 2009
  • Hampton University, BS, Accounting, summa cum laude, 2003
  • North Carolina

Program Committee Member, Southern Employee Benefits Conference

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors, Johnston YMCA

Member, Junior League of Charlotte, North Carolina

Felicia focuses on tax and employee benefits matters. She advises employers on the legal aspects of employee benefit and executive compensation matters arising under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.

Felicia counsels employers in connection with the design, administration, and regulatory compliance of a wide range of employee benefit programs. She has a background in tax-qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, defined benefit plans, and ESOPs; executive and incentive compensation programs; employee benefit programs for universities, churches, and other tax-exempt organizations, such as 403(b) plans and 457 plans; and group insurance and other health and welfare benefit plans, including healthcare reform, COBRA continuation coverage, and HIPAA compliance. She has designed plans; drafted, reviewed, edited, and ensured compliance with plan documents and amendments; developed compliance programs; drafted communications materials and notices to plan participants; filed voluntary correction program and determination letter applications, and negotiated and drafted service provider contracts and business associate agreements.

Felicia also advises and negotiates executive compensation and employee benefits matters relating to mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, including assisting employers with the integration and disposition of plans following such transactions. Such representations have included stock transactions, asset acquisitions, and stock and asset purchases for clients in the financial services and industrial sectors.

While earning her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, Felicia was a member of the Appellate Advocacy Division of the Barristers’ Council and an Executive Articles Editor for the Georgetown Journal of Modern Critical Race Perspectives. She also was a semifinalist in the Robert J. Beaudry Moot Court Competition and a recipient of a CALI Excellence for the Future Award.

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Felicia L Mitchell
T: +1 704 373 8995F: +1 704 353 6193201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

Advice on compliance of welfare plan arrangements, including drafting and updating documents and summary plan descriptions as necessary under healthcare reform law.

Representation on qualified retirement and welfare plans, including reviewing of plan operations, compliance reviews, updating documents, and correcting operational failures.

Representation on employee benefits matters in acquisition and sale transactions, including conducting due diligence reviews, negotiating terms of the sale and purchase agreements, and the advising of post-closing administration and legal considerations.

Speaker, Employee Benefits in the Age of Trump, September 21, 2017
Speaker, "Hot Topics in Employee Benefits and Payroll," 13th Annual Nonprofit Seminar – Staying Current and Avoiding Trouble: What Nonprofits Need to Know, October 14, 2015
Co-Speaker, "Best Practices for Board and Staff Orientation," 12th Annual Nonprofit Seminar - Charities: More Change on the Horizon?, September 10, 2014
Speaker, The Final Regulations Under the ACA Employer Health Coverage Mandate, McGuireWoods Complimentary Webinar, February 26, 2014
Speaker, "New Challenges and Opportunities in Benefits and Compensation for the College Employer," Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia Annual Meeting, June 19, 2013