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Murtha Cullina Welcomes New Partner Rachel Faye Smith

January 28, 2014

Boston, MA (January 28, 2014)… Murtha Cullina LLP is pleased to announce that Rachel Faye Smith has joined the firm as a partner. Resident in the firm’s Boston office, Ms. Smith is a member of the firm’s Business and Finance Department practicing in the areas of ERISA, pension and employee benefits, and executive compensation.  Ms. Smith works across Murtha Cullina’s practice groups, including labor and employment, health care, education, and tax law.

Ms. Smith has represented a wide range of clients and business sectors, including both public and private companies, venture capital and private equity firms, limited liability companies and partnerships, and nonprofit organizations in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation. Ms. Smith’s employee benefits practice includes advising on ERISA and the drafting, administration and compliance issues associated with qualified plans, such as profit-sharing and 401(k) plans and defined benefit pension plans. She also advises clients on non-qualified deferred compensation agreements and employee health and welfare benefit plans, including advising clients on the Affordable Care Act. Ms. Smith advises clients on all varieties of equity compensation arrangements and incentive plans, including stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock awards and restricted stock unit awards. She also represents clients on the integration and transition of employee benefits plans, from both a buyer and seller perspective, in corporate mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Smith also represents clients in the submission of qualified plans to the IRS for approval and modification, as well as compliance and correction submissions under the IRS Voluntary Correction Program.

Ms. Smith earned her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Laws from McGill University. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Smith received a Master of Arts in Asia-Pacific International Relations from the International University of Japan. She speaks fluent French, conversational Spanish and conversational Japanese. Ms. Smith is a member of the New England Employee Benefits Council, American Bar Association and Boston Bar Association.

About Murtha Cullina LLP

With more than 115 attorneys in six offices throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts, Murtha Cullina LLP offers a full range of legal services to meet the local, regional and national needs of our clients. Our practice encompasses litigation, regulatory and transactional representation of businesses, governmental units, non-profit organizations and individuals. Core practice areas include litigation, labor and employment, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, construction, energy, health care, trusts and estates, affordable housing, real estate, land use and retail and hospitality. 



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