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Kirstin Poirier-Whitley

Kirstin Poirier-Whitley

Jones Day

Los Angeles, CA, USA


Kirstin Poirier-Whitley has more than 20 years of experience counseling tax-exempt employers (including hospitals, universities, and local governments) and for-profit employers on tax and fiduciary issues related to the design and administration of employee benefits for employees, executives, and retirees. She provides day-to-day counseling, addresses the benefits-related liability and transition issues that arise in corporate transactions, and helps clients favorably settle compliance issues with government agencies.

Kirstin has extensive experience advising on the myriad regulatory requirements (e.g., Affordable Care Act, HIPAA privacy) impacting clients' health and welfare plans and the tax rules impacting related funding vehicles (e.g., 401(h) accounts, VEBAs). She regularly negotiates health plan service agreements with third-party administrators and network providers and counsels on developing areas such as telemedicine and the design of consumer driven health care plans. Kirstin has extensive experience advising plan sponsors and fiduciary committees on tax and fiduciary issues related to retirement plans (e.g., cash balance, pension, 401(k), 403(b), and 457(b) plans), including advising on emerging issues such as the DOL's new fiduciary rule.

She also advises on executive deferred compensation plans for tax-exempt and for-profit employers (e.g.,457(f) and 409A issues) and on all manner of fringe benefits (e.g., educational assistance, employer-provided vehicles, wellness incentives). Additionally, she counsels clients on payroll tax matters, including FICA taxation of nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements. Kirstin recently guided a client to a favorable result in a payroll tax audit, impacting its compensation and benefit practices with regard to more than 100,000 employees. Furthermore, she has significant experience advising governmental clients on state law issues, including the vested rights doctrine.

EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Stanford Health Care enters into accountable care services arrangement with Silicon Valley technology company

City of Hope forms precision medicine alliance with TGen

Astellas sells U.S. manufacturing subsidiary to Avara

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles (J.D. 1994; Order of the Coif; Moot Court Honors Program; B.A. 1991; Phi Beta Kappa)

BAR ADMISSIONS

California

Kirstin Poirier-Whitley is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Prohibited Transactions and DOL Exemptions - Applying ERISA Fiduciary Rules to Health Plans, Services and Products 2019, Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The Health Plan Sponsor – ERISA Basics - Applying ERISA Fiduciary Rules to Health Plans, Services and Products 2019, Tuesday, January 15, 2019
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Representative Individual Prohibited Transaction Exemptions in the Health Plan Context (Chart) - Applying ERISA Fiduciary Rules to Health Plans, Services and Products 2019, Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Summary of Discrimination Testing Rules for Cafeteria and Self-Insured Health Plans (November 5, 2018) - Applying ERISA Fiduciary Rules to Health Plans, Services and Products 2019, Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Summary of ERISA Prohibited Transaction Considerations for Health Plan Sponsors and Administrators - Applying ERISA Fiduciary Rules to Health Plans, Services and Products 2019, Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Health Plan Assets and VEBAs (November 5, 2018) - Applying ERISA Fiduciary Rules to Health Plans, Services and Products 2019, Tuesday, January 15, 2019
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Prohibited Transactions and DOL Exemptions - Prohibited Transactions and DOL Exemptions, Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The Health Plan Sponsor – ERISA Basics - The Health Plan Sponsor – ERISA Basics, Tuesday, January 15, 2019
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg The Health Plan Sponsor – ERISA Basics - The Health Plan Sponsor – ERISA Basics, Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Prohibited Transactions and DOL Exemptions - Prohibited Transactions and DOL Exemptions, Tuesday, January 15, 2019
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Applying ERISA Fiduciary Rules to Health Plans, Services and Products 2019, Tuesday, January 22, 2019, New York, NY
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