Austen Townsend is an Associate in the Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation & ERISA Litigation Practice Center, resident in the Washington, DC office.
Austen counsels clients on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation, including plan design and administration, compliance with the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA and the treatment of employee benefits in corporate transactions. Her practice covers tax-qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, traditional defined benefit plans and cash balance plans; health and welfare plans; equity compensation; and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. Austen represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor. In addition, Austen regularly advises clients on wellness program design, including compliance with HIPAA, GINA and the ADA, as well as health care reform (PPACA) issues.
Austen is a frequent speaker on how to design legally-compliant wellness programs.
Austen is also a Contributing Editor of a nationally circulated loose leaf publication published by Thompson Information Services, Guide to Assigning and Loaning Benefit Plan Money and a contributing author of The New Health Care Reform Law – What Employers Need to Know (A Q&A Guide), published by Thompson Information Services.