Lori L. Underberger

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  • State of Connecticut


  • George Washington University Law School, J.D.
  • Brandeis University, B.A. (cum laude)

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Lori L. UnderbergerOf Counsel

Lori’s practice includes the drafting and administration of qualified pension, profit sharing and 401(k) plans, employee stock ownership plans, cafeteria plans, and nonqualified benefit plans. She advises and strategizes with her clients on day-to-day issues that arise as well as on all aspect of plan design, operations and procedures.

Lori assists plan sponsors with ERISA reporting and disclosure requirements, including Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation notice of reportable events requirements and correction of missed/late filings. She reviews and negotiates plan service contracts with vendors and counsels plan sponsors and fiduciaries regarding their ongoing fiduciary responsibilities. Lori advises employers on issues relating to health and welfare plans, including insured and self-insured medical plans, cafeteria plans, wellness programs, flexible spending accounts (FSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), and high deductible/health savings account (HSA) arrangements. She drafts and amends nonqualified deferred compensation plans, including supplemental executive retirement plans (SERPs) and 457 plans, and advises on the applicable federal tax requirements. She also reviews and drafts qualified domestic relations orders

Lori frequently deals with the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor regarding tax qualification of defined benefit and defined contribution plans, and the numerous issues that arise in the administration of these plans, voluntary correction submissions, and plan audits. Her experience includes counseling her clients on correction of compliance issues and preparing submissions under the Internal Revenue Service Voluntary Correction Program and the Department of Labor Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program. Lori routinely assesses potential risks in the merger and acquisition context from the initial due diligence of reviewing retirement plan documents and company procedures to assessing potential risks and analyzing whether plans should be maintained, merged or terminated, drafting plan merger documentation, plan termination submissions, and participant communications.

Her background also encompasses research on the intricacies of 409A nonqualified deferred compensation plans and the drafting of wrap documents for health and welfare plans.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Congregation B'nai Israel, Board of Trustees, Treasurer (2012-2016)
  • Congregation B'nai Israel, Budget Committee (2012 - present)
  • Congregation B'nai Israel, Investment/Endowment Committee (2014 - present)

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