Ashley F. Hedge

Senior Associate

Email: ahedge@islerdare.com

Ashley Hedge is a Senior Associate at IslerDare PC.

Ashley has over a decade of experience advising a wide range of clients on all aspects of employee benefit matters.   In her practice, she regularly advises on qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, executive compensation arrangements, severance arrangements, and benefits issues arising during corporate transactions.  She works directly with human resources, legal, tax, and finance professionals to design, implement, and administer benefit programs to achieve business objectives in accordance with applicable law, including the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, and the Affordable Care Act.  Ashley is valued by her clients for her ability to distill complex legal issues and provide practical and actionable advice.

She routinely drafts plan documents, amendments, summary plan descriptions, and other required participant notifications and counsels clients on fiduciary obligations and reporting and filing requirements.   Ashley assists clients in identifying and resolving compliance failures, including fiduciary violations, operational errors, and plan document errors.   Ashley also counsels clients on employee benefits matters arising during corporate transactions.

Prior to joining the Firm in 2018, Ashley practiced employee benefits law with Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C.

Ashley resides with her husband and three children in Potomac, Maryland.

Education

Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
J.D. 2007
Cum Laude
Catholic University Law Review, Associate Editor

Vanderbilt University
B.S., Mathematics and Economics, 2002
Cum Laude

Professional Memberships

State:
Maryland (2007)
District of Columbia (2008)

Bar Associations:
American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
— Employee Benefits Committee
District of Columbia Bar, Section of Taxation
— Employee Benefits Committee

Publications

DOL Narrows Standards for Selecting Socially Responsible Retirement Plan Investments, Employee Benefits Update (June 2018)

The Elusive Search: Considerations for Locating Missing Retirement Plan Participants, Employee Benefits Update (April 2018)

Professional/Continuing Legal Education Presentations

IslerDare Breakfast Briefing: Fees, Benchmarking, and Best Practices: Steps You Should Take to Protect your Retirement Plans (May 2018)