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Sonia Macias Steele Murtha Cullina LLP Counsel

Counsel

Boston
Email: ssteele@murthalaw.com
Phone: 617-457-4118
Fax: 617-482-3868

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Illinois

Education

  • Duke University School of Law (J.D., 2003)
  • Duke University Fuqua School of Business (M.B.A., 2003)
  • Georgetown University (B.A. in English, 1996)

Sonia Macias Steele


As ERISA Counsel in the Firm's Business and Finance department, Sonia Macias Steele provides practical and innovative solutions to clients’ employee benefits and executive compensation needs.  Her clients include public and private companies, governmental organizations, and sole proprietors.

Sonia’s practice is broad and deep. She advises senior executives and company boards on all matters relating to executive compensation, including individual employment, severance, and change in control arrangements, as well as equity compensation.  She also advises clients on the design, implementation and administration of enterprise-wide programs, including qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health and welfare programs, and fringe benefit plans.

Sonia routinely provides guidance to clients on compliance under federal laws such as ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, FMLA, PPACA and the tax code (including Section 409A).  In the event of a compliance issue, she has extensive experience with various compliance and correction programs, including EPCRS.  Sonia also represents clients in examinations and audits by the IRS, Department of Labor, and Department of Health & Human Services, as well as state agencies.

Sonia earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, and a JD/MBA from Duke University.  Prior to joining the Firm, she worked at law firms in Chicago and Boston, and spent several years as in-house counsel to a large financial institution.  Before law school, she worked as a Human Resources generalist at a national power company, where she provided benefits and employment support for a unionized and non-unionized workforce.

  • Co-author, “Benefits Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions,” Labor and Employment Issues in Transactions, Business Restructuring, and Workforce Reductions (2008 Ed.).
  • “ERISA Update: 2006 Litigation Review,” Human Resources 2007: Answers to the Top 25 HR Questions in 2007 (Winter Ed. 2006).
  • Guest speaker, “Ethical Issues in Payroll Administration,” American Payroll Association, Boston Chapter (October 2013).
  • Keynote speaker, “Living to Work or Working to Live: Taking Control of Competing Priorities,” 4th Annual Women of ALPFA Summit (March 25, 2011).
  • Panelist, “Forums Online: Dual-Degree Programs Panel,” Forte Foundation (October 20, 2010).
  • Presenter, “Redefining Employment Relations in a Recovering Recessionary Market Executive Compensation,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (October 1, 2009).
  • Presenter, “Professional Development Employment Law Update – Employee Benefits Update,” Northeast Human Resources Association (March 26, 2009).
Overview

As ERISA Counsel in the Firm's Business and Finance department, Sonia Macias Steele provides practical and innovative solutions to clients’ employee benefits and executive compensation needs.  Her clients include public and private companies, governmental organizations, and sole proprietors.

Sonia’s practice is broad and deep. She advises senior executives and company boards on all matters relating to executive compensation, including individual employment, severance, and change in control arrangements, as well as equity compensation.  She also advises clients on the design, implementation and administration of enterprise-wide programs, including qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health and welfare programs, and fringe benefit plans.

Sonia routinely provides guidance to clients on compliance under federal laws such as ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, FMLA, PPACA and the tax code (including Section 409A).  In the event of a compliance issue, she has extensive experience with various compliance and correction programs, including EPCRS.  Sonia also represents clients in examinations and audits by the IRS, Department of Labor, and Department of Health & Human Services, as well as state agencies.

Sonia earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, and a JD/MBA from Duke University.  Prior to joining the Firm, she worked at law firms in Chicago and Boston, and spent several years as in-house counsel to a large financial institution.  Before law school, she worked as a Human Resources generalist at a national power company, where she provided benefits and employment support for a unionized and non-unionized workforce.

Publications
  • Co-author, “Benefits Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions,” Labor and Employment Issues in Transactions, Business Restructuring, and Workforce Reductions (2008 Ed.).
  • “ERISA Update: 2006 Litigation Review,” Human Resources 2007: Answers to the Top 25 HR Questions in 2007 (Winter Ed. 2006).
Presentations
  • Guest speaker, “Ethical Issues in Payroll Administration,” American Payroll Association, Boston Chapter (October 2013).
  • Keynote speaker, “Living to Work or Working to Live: Taking Control of Competing Priorities,” 4th Annual Women of ALPFA Summit (March 25, 2011).
  • Panelist, “Forums Online: Dual-Degree Programs Panel,” Forte Foundation (October 20, 2010).
  • Presenter, “Redefining Employment Relations in a Recovering Recessionary Market Executive Compensation,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (October 1, 2009).
  • Presenter, “Professional Development Employment Law Update – Employee Benefits Update,” Northeast Human Resources Association (March 26, 2009).
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • Illinois
Education
  • Duke University School of Law (J.D., 2003)
  • Duke University Fuqua School of Business (M.B.A., 2003)
  • Georgetown University (B.A. in English, 1996)
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