Judy has advised employers and employee benefit plans on all aspects of compensation and benefits including tax, regulatory, fiduciary responsibility, financing, and organizational integrity issues for more than 25 years.
Judy has unique experience as both a lawyer and an administrator with hands-on experience running large, complex employee benefit programs. In her former role as associate vice president of human resources for the entire University of California system, she was directly responsible for all human resources issues, including managing a $40 billion pension system covering 100,000 members, three large defined contribution plans, and the third largest health plan in California.
Before joining Hanson Bridgett, Judy was a partner in a national law firm where she advised clients on complex business and employee benefits issues. She also served as deputy general counsel at one of the largest telecommunications corporations in America, where she was responsible for corporate legal matters including executive compensation and employee benefits.
Judy has substantial experience in labor negotiations, mergers, divestitures and executive compensation. She has worked with legislative and regulatory agencies, with many appearances before California legislative committees. She is a national leader in the area of human resources organizational evaluation and certifications.
Represented client in IRS voluntary compliance filing dealing with leased employee/temporary worker issues with 401(k) plan and re-design of plan to meet business needs.
Provided advice on new investment disclosure rules, administrative fees and other emerging fiduciary issues for retirement plan sponsors and administrators.
Advised clients on numerous tax reporting and withholding issues, including representation of large client in successful resolution of employment tax audit.
Led team that prepared and filed more than 30 determination letter applications and related voluntary correction program filings with the IRS in the past year, using web-based project management to facilitate the complicated filing process.
Developed tax compliance manual and training for large retirement systems to self-evaluate tax compliance of the system operations on a cost effective basis.
"IRS Issues 2017 Limits for Retirement Plans," co-author, Employee Benefits Law Alert (October 2016)
"2016 IRS Limits for Retirement Plans Generally Remain Unchanged," co-author, Employee Benefits Law Alert (October 2015)
"The End of an Era? IRS Considers Eliminating Periodic Determination Letter Process," co-author, Employee Benefits Law Alert (April 2015)
"Are you in compliance with the healthcare reform law? What seniors housing employers need to know about the ACA’s new rules in 2015," Seniors Business Housing (January 2015)
"IRS to Issue New Rules for Determining Status of Governmental Entities and Benefit Plans—Potential Significant Effect on Health Care Entities," Employee Benefits Law Alert (January 2015)
"IRS Releases New Guidance on Application of Windsor to Qualified Retirement Plans," co-author, Employee Benefits Law Alert (April 2014)
"Healthcare reform compliance rules are complex—Here's what steps employers should be taking now," Seniors Housing Business (August–September 2013)
"Senior Care Employers Should Start Today to Prepare for Health Care Reform," California Assisted Living Association Legal Update (February 2013)
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"Special District Executive Recruitment, Evaluation and Compensation Post-PEPRA," co-speaker, California Special Districts Association Annual Conference (October 2016)
“Tax Issues Raised By Offering Voluntary Service Credit Purchases on a Pre-Tax Basis,” CALAPRS Attorneys' Roundtable (June 2016)
"Government Tax Seminars," co-speaker, White Nelson Diehl Evans LLP (December 2015)
"Affordable Care Act – Planning to Deal with the Pay-or-Play Penalties Effective 1/1/15," co-speaker, 2015 Annual CSDA Conference (September 2015)
"System Audits and Pre-Tax Service Credit Purchases," CALAPRS Attorney Roundtable (September 2015)
"Health Care (ACA) Update," Annual National Home Delivery Forum (August 2015)
"New Developments in the IRS Determination Letter Process," CALAPRS Attorneys Roundtable (June 2015)
"ACA – New Reporting Requirements," co-speaker, California County Payroll Managers Spring Meeting (April 2015)
"Affordable Care Act Compliance in 2015 and Other Updates in Employee Benefits," co-presenter, Hanson Bridgett Labor & Employment Seminar (January 2015)
"New Tax Developments & The Affordable Care Act," co-presenter, WNDE's 2014 Government Tax Seminar (December 2014)
"What’s Up, Doc? and Other Obamacare Legal Questions and Decisions," co-speaker, American Trucking Associations Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel (July 2014)
"New Tax Developments and The Affordable Care Act," WNDE's 2013 Government Tax Seminar, San Francisco (December 2013)
"Panel Presentation: What Employers Need to Know," co-speaker and organizer, Healthcare Reform and The Affordable Care Act Seminar (November 2013)
“What Should Employers Be Doing Now to Comply With the Recent Change in DOMA?” Sacramento County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section Luncheon (October 2013)
“The Business of Healthcare, Part II: Select Legal Issues for Employers and Health Care Providers Complying with the New Coverage Rules,” American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting (August 2013)
“Pay or Play—Planning for the New Future of Employee Health Benefits," co-speaker, CALA Conference and Trade Show (June 2013)
"Would You 'Pass' an IRS Employment Tax Exam?" co-speaker, California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (February 2013)
“New Employer ‘Pay or Play’ Rules,” co-speaker, Hanson Bridgett Health Care Reform Webinar (January 2013)
"Employment Tax Audits; Fringe Benefits; W-2 Requirements for Health Care Reporting; Pension Reform," Auditor-Controller Payroll Managers Group, California Counties (April 2012)
"Defending Public Employment in Tough Economic Times," California Transit Association, Annual Conference (November 2011)
"Update on the IRS Determination Letter Application/Voluntary Correction Program Filing Process," CALAPRS Attorney Roundtable (September 2011)
"Pension Reform: What's on the Horizon," MMANC Winter Forum (February 2011)
"Current Pension Reform Issues," CALAPRS Attorney Roundtable (January 2011)
"Tax Compliance Operational Review and Domestic Relations Orders," CALAPRS Attorney Roundtable (September 2010)
"Healthcare Reform 2010-Special Focus on Grandfathered Plan Issues," SF Chapter–Western Pension & Benefits Conference (June 2010)
"Principles of Pension Management for Trustees," Instructor for CALAPRS training for public retirement system trustees (March 2010)
"IRS Employment Tax Audits—The Do's and Don'ts," CALAPRS Attorney Roundtable (June 2009)
"Tax Determination Letter Update," CALAPRS Attorney Roundtable (June 2009)
"Tomorrow-Land: Retirement Plans in the Next Decade," San Francisco Chapter Western Pension & Benefits Spring Conference (May 2009)
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight? New Strategies for Coping with PERS Retiree Medical Costs," Spring 2009 Conference of the Southern California County Counsels Association (February 2009)
"Updates on the IRS Determination Letter Process," CALAPRS (January 2009)
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