Amber's practice focuses on counseling multiemployer and single employer benefit plan clients with respect to a variety of administration, design and plan qualification issues necessary for continued legal compliance with the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, COBRA and HIPAA, as well as the numerous other federal and state laws affecting employee benefits. She has experience assisting clients with IRS determination letter applications and submissions under the Internal Revenue Service's Employee Plan Compliance Resolution System, a system which allows plan sponsors to voluntarily correct operational failures and thereby continue to provide plan participants with retirement benefits on a tax-favored basis.
Amber has assisted multiemployer pension plan clients in connection with mergers of benefit plans, as well as plan terminations and employer withdrawals under Title IV of ERISA. She also counsels clients on issues under the Pension Protection Act, including the development of funding improvement plans and rehabilitation plans.
In addition, Amber frequently assists clients in preparing benefit plan documents, drafting participant communication materials, and drafting and reviewing QDROs. She provides guidance to clients in connection with DOL and IRS plan audits and claims involving benefit plan participants and fiduciaries.
Amber also has experience counseling clients with respect to ERISA's regulation of investments, including private equity and other alternative investments, as well as drafting investment management agreements and side letter agreements with respect to plan investments.
American Bar Association
J.D., University of San Diego School of Law (2006)
B.B.A., University of Michigan (2003)
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California