Virginia E. McGarrity

Virginia E. McGarrity Benefits lawyer Robinson Cole
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Professional Biography

Virginia McGarrity is a member of the firm's Employee Benefits + Compensation Group, counseling employers, insurance carriers, and service providers on a wide range of complex employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

Retirement Plan Design and Administration

Virginia’s practice addresses a broad array of issues relating to the design, drafting, and operation of qualified and nonqualified defined benefit and defined contribution plans, including 401(k), profit-sharing, multiemployer, employee stock ownership and Section 403(b) and 457(b) plans of tax-exempt organizations. She represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in connection with audits, qualification submissions, plan corrections, and other matters.

Governmental Plans

Virginia frequently works with state and municipal governmental clients sponsoring and administering benefit plans and programs. She advises these clients on qualified retirement plans and 457(b) plans, from generally applicable requirements to unique rules addressing vesting requirements for governmental plans, pick-up of employee contributions, purchase of service and 415(m) excess plans. Additionally, she advises clients on state statutes relating to the implementation and governance of public plans, as well as the interpretation of specific enabling statutes creating various governmental entities.

  • More Legal and Business Bylines From Virginia E. McGarrity

The National Law Review has selected Robinson & Cole LLP’s Employee Benefits + Compensation practice group for a Go-To Thought Leadership award related to the tax implications and steps employers need to take concerning Cobra subsidies required by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).    This practice group has published a number of articles on when COBRA subsidies expire, the management of responsibilities with third-party administrators, and related COVID-19 guidance which has provided key insights for employers and employees alike. Members include Bruce Barth, Virginia E. McGarrity, Alisha N. Sullivan, Jean E. Tomasco, and Emily A. Zaklukiewicz.


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