Sally Doubet King


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  • DePaul University College of Law, JD, Member, DePaul Law Review, 1989
  • Knox College, BA, 1973
  • Illinois

Co-chair, Planning Committee, American Bar Association/Joint Committee on Employee Benefits National Institute on Health and Welfare Benefit Plans

Member; Chair, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Committee; Chair, Health & Welfare Subcommittee of the Employee Benefits Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association

Member; Chair, Technical Sessions Subcommittee, 2009; Vice-chair, Annual Meeting Subcommittee, 2009; Recording Secretary, 2012, Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, American Bar Association

Member, Tax Section, American Bar Association

Sally concentrates her practice in areas relating to compensation and employee benefits issues facing corporate employers, governmental employers and not-for-profit employers. She advises employers and financial institutions on ERISA Title I issues relating to structuring investment products, identifying investment advice issues, adopting appropriate fee arrangements, and assessing the trustee's or service provider's role in the modern financial services industry.

She also works with employers to design and implement qualified plans, welfare plans, fringe benefits and other compensation arrangements, focusing on plan administration, vendor negotiations and compliance initiatives relating to qualified plans and welfare plans. She assists employers in developing compliance protocols for various human resources functions, including COBRA, HIPAA, FMLA, and flex plan administration and ERISA reporting and disclosure requirements.

Sally also serves as an adjunct professor in the Employee Benefits LLM program at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

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Sally Doubet King
T: +1 312 849 3684F: +1 312 849 305077 West Wacker Drive
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Chicago, IL 60601-1818

Advice on the legal sufficiency and compliance of welfare plan documents and summary plan descriptions, as well as updated documents as necessary for healthcare reform.

Advice on the redesign and implementation of retiree medical programs. The designs include cost-sharing for current retirees, access-only for future retirees and various funding changes, including health savings accounts and health reimbursement arrangements. Risk assessments are provided regarding potential litigation for various groups affected by the changes.

Advice on whether proposed changes in healthcare plans would violate or compromise “grandfathered” status under PPACA.

Ongoing representation regarding global manufacturer’s qualified and welfare plans, including review of plan operations, compliance reviews, updating documents and addressing claims issues.

Representation on employee benefits issues in acquisition and sale transactions, including due diligence, negotiating the terms of the sale/purchase agreements, and the administration/legal considerations involved with transition and post-closing operations.

Representation to review and analyze operational failures under client retirement programs, including comprehensive risk analysis and outline of correction procedures and submissions under the IRS EPCRS program.

Representation on fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues, missing participant and automatic rollover IRAs services, investment policies and fee arrangements and other service provider issues for financial institutions handling 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans and IRAs.

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Employee Benefits (ERISA), Chicago, Best Lawyers, 2012

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2007-2009, 2013-2017

Named to "Illinois Super Lawyers," Employee Benefits/ERISA, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006, 2008-2017

Author, QDROs and Spousal Rights, Retirement Benefits Issues in Estate Planning, IICLE, 2012
Co-author, "As Washington Debates Health Care, Employers Must Make Choices," Counsel to Counsel, November/December 2009
Speaker, "Year-End Health and Welfare Plan Round-Up," Hot Topics in Employee Benefits, McGuireWoods Webinar, November 10, 2016
Speaker, Recent IRS Guidance on Post-Windsor Spousal Benefits in Retirement Plans, McGuireWoods LLP Webinar, April 14, 2014
Speaker, The Final Regulations Under the ACA Employer Health Coverage Mandate, McGuireWoods Complimentary Webinar, February 26, 2014
Speaker, "Recent Employment Law Developments, ACA, and the Effects on Dialysis Centers and Nephrologists – Including Employer Implications," 11th Annual Business and Legal Issues in Dialysis and Nephrology Symposium, May 16, 2013
Moderator, "MEWAs – A New Look at Old Problems," ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, February 28, 2012
Speaker, "DOMA" and "One Year After PPACA," McGuireWoods LLP Employee Benefits Update, November 16, 2011
Speaker, "Prohibited Transactions," Retirement Industry Trust Association, October 18, 2011
Co-moderator, "Health Care Reform: Looking Back at Where Things Stand Now," ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits 2011 Annual Meeting, August 5-6, 2011
Speaker, "Worker Classification Update," McGuireWoods LLP Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation Practice Group Webinar, July 13, 2011
Speaker, "401(k) Plans – A Primer," The 25th Annual National Institute on ERISA Basics, May 18-20, 2011
Speaker, "Surviving an Audit of Your Retirement Plan," 8th Annual Nonprofit Seminar: Effective Board Management in Challenging Times, McGuireWoods LLP, October 28, 2010
Speaker, "Ethical Considerations in Health and Welfare Benefits Plans," 21st Annual National Institute on Health and Welfare Benefit Plans: Health Care Reform, October 25-26, 2010
Moderator, "Healthcare: Tri-Agency Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Regulations Part II," DOL Speaks: The 2010 Employee Benefits Conference, September 20-21, 2010
Speaker, "Determination Letters and EPCRS," The 24th Annual National Institute on ERISA Basics, May 19-21, 2010
Speaker, "Health and Welfare Regulatory Update," ABA Business Section, Fall Meeting, November 2009
Speaker, "Health and Welfare Regulatory Update," ABA Business Section, Fall Meeting, November 2009
Moderator, "JCEB Panel," ABA Annual Meeting: Healthcare Reform and Recent Developments, August 2009
Speaker, "Fiduciary Duties Checklist,” Profit Sharing and 401(k)," Council Midwest Conference, March 2008
Speaker, "Fiduciary Liability: Best Practices," Profit Sharing and 401(k) Council Annual National Conference, September 2007