Advising every type of employer, including publicly traded and private companies, nonprofit employers, and governmental employers, Kathleen “Kathy” Odle offers practical, business-oriented guidance on the very complex legal requirements that apply to the employee benefit arrangements offered by such employers.
Kathy regularly helps employers with the development, drafting, and implementation of employee benefit plans, assists them in correcting employee benefit plan-related errors, and ensures their compliance with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) regulations. Her experience includes advising on design and handling documentation for qualified plans, including employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and 401(k) plans, executive compensation and deferred-compensation arrangements (including 409A compliance), equity arrangements, retirement plans, and health and welfare plans. She also defends clients in IRS and Department of Labor (DOL) audits and performs compliance audits and reviews of benefit plans. Her depth of knowledge proves especially helpful when assessing the tax and other implications in structuring employee benefit plans and in defending audits of employee benefit plans.
Repeatedly recognized as a leader in her field, Kathy is ranked at the highest level by Chambers USA for Employee Benefits Law, is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, and is listed as a Super Lawyer. Kathy is an active member of numerous employee benefits-related organizations, including the ESOP Association, the Western Pension & Benefits Conference, and the tax sections of both The American Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association.