Ashlie Lawton

Senior Associate

Email: alawton@islerdare.com

Ashlie Lawton is a Senior Associate at IslerDare PC.

Ashlie focuses her practice on legal and regulatory matters affecting employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements, including compliance with ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, the Affordable Care Act (health care reform), and federal securities laws. She has experience with qualified defined contribution and defined benefit plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, health and welfare plans, and equity compensation programs, as well as executive employment agreements, change in control agreements, severance plans, and other compensation plans and arrangements.

Ashlie assists a variety of public and private employers of all sizes with the design, implementation and maintenance of their employee benefit programs. She drafts plan documents and all types of participant communications, and counsels clients on fiduciary duties, disclosure obligations, and reporting and filing requirements. Ashlie assists clients with government audits and corrections programs for plan errors. Ashlie is also experienced in contracting with third-party service providers for employee benefit plans. In addition, she counsels clients on equity and benefits-related issues in corporate transactions.

Prior to joining the Firm in 2016, Ashlie practiced employee benefits law with Proskauer Rose LLP in Washington, D.C.

Ashlie resides with her husband in Ashburn, Virginia.

Education

George Mason University School of Law, J.D. 2009
Summa Cum Laude
Symposium Editor, George Mason Law Review
Member, Moot Court Board

University of Utah, B.S. Accounting, 2004
Summa Cum Laude
David Eccles School of Business Outstanding Scholar in Accounting

Professional Memberships

State:
Virginia (2009)
District of Columbia (2013)

Honors

Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll (2015)

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)

Recent Health and Welfare Guidance Affecting Health Plans and Insurance Coverage, Employee Benefits Update (March 2018)

Key Features of the Tax Reform Bill that Could Affect Your Benefit Plans and Executive Compensation Practices, Employee Benefits Update (November 2017)

IRS Announces 2018 Dollar Limits on Compensation and Benefits, Employee Benefits Update (October 2017)

Unpacking the ACA Executive Order and Other Recent Developments Affecting Your Health and Welfare Benefit Plans, Employee Benefits Update (October 2017)

10 Key Things About Multiemployer Pension Plan Withdrawal Liability, Employee Benefits Update (July 2017)

Key Features of the American Health Care Act Affecting Employer-Sponsored Health Plans, Employee Benefits Update (May 2017)

DOL Proposes 60-Day Delay to Fiduciary Rule, Employee Benefits Update (March 2017)

Proposed Regulations Permitting Forfeitures to Fund Safe Harbor and Corrective Contributions, Employee Benefits Update (February 2017)

2017 Benefits Compliance Calendar for Calendar Year Plans, Employee Benefits Update (January 2017)

Responding to the ACA Executive Order, Employee Benefits Update (January 2017)

A Roundup of Recent Guidance Affecting Your Health and Welfare Plans, Employee Benefits Update (January 2017)

2016 Year-End Compliance Checklist, Employee Benefits Update (November 2016)

IRS Issues 2017 Dollar Limits on Compensation and Benefits, Employee Benefits Update (October 2016)

A Roundup of Recent Legal Developments Impacting Your Health and Welfare Plans, Employee Benefits Update (September 2016)

The New Health Care Reform Law – What Employers Need to Know (A Q&A Guide), 6th Edition (contributing author), Thompson Information Services (2015)

The New Health Care Reform Law – What Employers Need to Know (A Q&A Guide), 5th Edition (contributing author), Thompson Information Services (2014)

Deferential Review for a Nonfiduciary’s Decision?: How Geddes v. United Staffing Alliance Split the Circuits, ERISA, and a Plan Participant’s Right to Discretionary Review, 16 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 471 (2009)

Professional/Continuing Legal Education Presentations

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

IslerDare Breakfast Briefing: Employee Benefit Trends for 2017: Hot Topics for Every HR Professional (May 2017)

National Association of Stock Plan Professionals 23rd Annual Conference: Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Executives, Terminations, and Equity Compensation (October 2015)

National Association of Stock Plan Professionals Webcast: Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Executives, Terminations, and Equity Compensation (April 2013)

National Association of Stock Plan Professionals 20th Annual Conference: Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Executives, Terminations, and Equity Compensation (October 2012)