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Bridget Kane Hurley '92 Joins Hodgson Russ's Employee Benefits Group

Brigid Kane Hurley has joined Hodgson Russ as a senior associate in the Employee Benefits Practice Group in the Buffalo office. Ms. Hurley practices in the area of Employee Benefits. Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Ms. Hurley was a senior associate at Ropes & Gray in Boston, Massachusetts for ten years. While practicing in Ropes & Gray's preeminent Employee Benefits Practice Group, she was responsible for designing and drafting qualified pension plans including defined benefit, 401(k), profit sharing, and employee stock ownership plans; trust documents; executive compensation plans; and pension programs for tax-exempt entities including section 403(b) plans and section 457 plans. Ms. Hurley advised clients on all aspects of plan administration including selection of service providers, testing issues, and benefit distributions. She has prepared various IRS and DOL filings including prohibited transaction exemption applications, private letter ruling requests, IRS determination letter filings, and IRS correction program filings, and negotiated with the IRS and DOL with respect to plan audits and filings. Ms. Hurley has advised clients on employee benefit issues in corporate mergers and acquisitions, negotiated employee benefit issues on behalf of clients in corporate transactions, and advised and negotiated terms of plan investments in limited partnerships.

Ms. Hurley received a B.A., summa cum laude, graduating in top two percent of her class, from Boston College, and a J.D., summa cum laude, graduating first in her class, from Boston College Law School. The Employee Benefits Practice Group at Hodgson Russ counsels hundreds of clients on virtually every form of employee benefit program including qualified and unqualified pension and profit-sharing plans, supplemental executive retirement plans, stock-based compensation and option programs, executive employment, severance and change of control agreements, and welfare, insurance, and cafeteria plans. The Group's clients range from publicly-traded, multinational corporations to privately-held, family-owned businesses and from small, not-for-profit charitable organizations to large governmental employers. While the Group primarily represents employers who proved benefits to their employees and workers, it also advises other service providers, including the trust and benefits departments of major banking institutions.