Belinda S. Morgan is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. She focuses her practice on employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA issues. She is a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and Labor & Employment Practices.
Ms. Morgan has significant experience advising private and public employers in the design and administration of traditional defined benefit pension, profit-sharing and Code section 401(k) plans; Code section 403(b) tax-deferred annuity plans; and Code section 457(b) and 457(f) nonqualified deferred compensation plans for tax-exempt employers. Ms. Morgan also assists employers with matters related to health and welfare benefit plans, such as issues related to COBRA continuation coverage, the provision of fringe benefits, and the application of the new health care reform laws.
Ms. Morgan counsels employers on their executive compensation programs, (including non-qualified deferred compensation plans, severance plans, and employee stock option plans), often advising employers regarding compliance with the requirements of Code section 409A. In addition, she frequently advises clients on employee benefits and compensation issues arising in merger and acquisition transactions.
Ms. Morgan received her law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2000), where she was awarded the Order of the Coif, and was an associate editor and business manager of the University of Illinois Law Review. Ms. Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and an associate’s degree in technical graphics from Purdue University.
Ms. Morgan is a member of the American Bar Association Employee Benefits Section, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.
Publications and Presentations
Ms. Morgan has authored or co-authored numerous articles regarding recent developments in employee benefits and ERISA law. She is also a frequent speaker on Foley’s Employee Benefits Broadcasts, a series of web conferences that provide participants with knowledgeable insights on noteworthy employee benefits topics.