Ariadna Alvarez has more than 20 years of experience practicing in the areas of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), employee benefits law and executive compensation. Ms. Alvarez' practice includes designing retirement and welfare plans, handling all employee benefits aspects in corporate transactions and counseling clients on various employee benefits issues, including the exercise of fiduciary duties, tax controversies surrounding qualified retirement plans and benefit plan compliance before the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Puerto Rico Treasury Department.
Ms. Alvarez has extensive experience handling issues arising under ERISA, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She has acted as advisor to various governmental entities regarding human resources and employee benefits issues, including assisting with matters related to public pension funds and collectively bargained benefits.
Ms. Alvarez handles ERISA claims and litigation, as well as federal labor and employment law litigation and general tax litigation. She has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Ms. Alvarez was the co-author of the amicus brief filed before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of DRI – "the Voice of the Defense Bar" in the case of Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co., et al., where the Supreme Court upheld a contractual limitations period in an ERISA plan. She also co-authored the amicus brief filed before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of DRI – "the Voice of the Defense Bar" in the case of Rochow v. Life Insurance Company of North America, where the court held that a plaintiff who obtains relief under one of the express causes of action in Section 502(a) of ERISA cannot recover for the same injury under ERISA's "catchall" equitable relief recovery provision. In both cases, her briefs supported the prevailing position.
Ms. Alvarez is also experienced in trust administration, and is a certified trust and financial advisor (CTFA), a designation issued by the Institute of Certified Bankers. For two years, she was also the director of the trust division of an international bank.
Ms. Alvarez frequently lectures on the Affordable Care Act, ERISA litigation, ERISA compliance, retirement plan design and tax qualification, and HIPAA privacy regulations.
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